Scientists dare to defend research

Important: Thank you for the overwhelming support we’ve had. However please go and sign The Pro-Test Petition. It’s a much bigger petition that aims to show the support for biomedical research among scientists and non-scientists alike.

Added Note: We now have 100 signatories!!

As students and scientists at UCLA stand up to support lifesaving medical research, researchers at other institutions are offering their support for the cause. From Wake Forest University to the University of Arizona, from UC Davis to the University of South Dakota, researchers from across the United States have been united in their support for UCLA Pro-Test.

We offer our support and solidarity with our fellow scientists at UCLA and around the nation in speaking out for the essential need for animal research. We are proud of the role that scientists and other members of research teams play in working to advance knowledge that contributes to improvements in animal and human health.  We call upon all individuals who support research to join in speaking out.

We condemn the terrorist actions of groups that want only to end animal research. We ask all those who care about animal welfare to condemn and withdraw their support from the few who are leading campaigns of violent threats and violent acts designed to terrorize scientists.

Allyson J. Bennett, Ph.D.
Peter J. Pierre, Ph.D.
David J. Lyons, Ph.D.
Brian McCool, Ph.D.
David P. Friedman, Ph.D.
Cynthia J. Lees, Ph.D.
John P. Capitanio, Ph.D.
Jay V. Solnick, M.D., Ph.D.
Alan R. Buckpitt, Ph.D.
Jonathon C. Horton, M.D., Ph.D.
Charles G. Plopper, Ph.D.
Irwin S. Bernstein, Ph.D.
Susan E. Appt, D.V.M.
Jay R. Kaplan, Ph.D.
Mari S. Golub, Ph.D.
Nicole Baumgarth, D.V.M., Ph.D
Reen Wu, PhD
Suzette D. Tardif, Ph.D.
Murray B. Gardner, M.D.
Carol A. Shively, Ph.D.
Scott I. Simon, Ph.D.
Jeffrey D. Schall, Ph.D.
Anna W. Roe, Ph.D.
David Godlove
Vivien A. Casagrande, Ph.D.
Kristina Abel, PhD
Maria L. Boccia, Ph.D.
Corinna N. Ross, Ph.D.
Marina Picciotto, Ph.D.
James D. Higley, Ph.D.
Alexander D. Borowsky, M.D.
Steven I. Dworkin, Ph.D.
C.A. Barnes, Ph.D.
Barbara E. Goodman, Ph.D.

Do you agree with the above statements? Add a comment to this post with your name (and preferably degree), with a note as to whether we can add your institution, and we’ll add you to the list.

Go on, do your bit for research today!




The following have asked for their names to be added to the list (on comments or by email)

Nicholas J. Anthis
Richard P. Heitz, PhD, Vanderbilt University
Anna M. van Heeckeren, DVM, MS
Harry Rozmiarek, DVM, PhD
Deanna L. Dodson, Ph.D
DeWayne Townsend DVM, Ph.D
Philip Starr MD,PHD, UCSF
Beverly Barton, PhD, New Jersey Medical School
P Michael Conn, Ph.D., OHSU
Louis S. Harris, Ph.D.
James Cox, BS, MLAS, RLATG
Anna Garr, B.S.
Guy Mittleman, Ph.D.
Matthew Nelson, Vanderbilt University
Barry Bradford, PhD
Cynthia S. Gillett, DVM, ACLAM
Arnold L. Goldman DVM, MS
Charles D. Blaha, Ph.D.
Jim Steel,
Trenton R. Schoeb, DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVP
John D Young VMD MS, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, LA
Lee-Yuan Liu-Chen, Ph.D.,
Dr. Jennifer Kalishman
Ellen Unterwald, Ph.D.
Gerald Zernig, M.D., psychotherapist,
Theodore J Price, PhD
Michael A Taffe, Ph.D.,
John Slattery
Charlotte L. Shupert, PhD
Gillian Braden-Weiss, MLAS
Nicholas C. Spitzer, Ph.D.
Dennis Miller, Ph.D.
Kathy Wadsworth, UCLA
Robert D. Skinner, PhD,
David Jentsch, PhD, UCLA
Dario Ringach, PhD
Judith A. Badner, M.D., Ph.D, University of Chicago
Abraham Palmer, Ph.D
Chunyu Liu, Ph.D
Camron D. Bryant, Ph.D., University of Chicago
Emily Barkley-Levenson, M.A., UCLA
Fred Sabb, Ph.D., UCLA
Moriel Zelikowsky, M.A. UCLA
Sarah Sterlace, M.A. UCLA
Melissa Flesher, M.A., UCLA
Rick Laughlin, M.A., UCLA
Andrew Poulos, Ph.D. UCLA
Theresa Cunningham, MS,
Megan Wyeth, BS
Michele Bailey
Laura J. Frishman
David T. Blake, PhD, Medical College of Georgia
Christos Constantinidis, Ph.D.
Andrea Knipe RVT
Suzanne Ford VT, LATG
Jeff Weiner, Ph.D.,
James Cortright, Ph.D., University of Chicago
Juli Farnsworth
Richard W. Foltin, Ph.D.
Paul Vezina
Alison P Grand, Ph.D., Wake Forest University
Michael Ballard, B.S, University of Chicago
Lynn M. Rose, PhD, President, Northwest Association for Biomedical Research
Alex James, MA, UCLA
Jason Woods, BS, UCLA
Emanuele Seu, Ph.D., UCLA
Patricia A. Leake, Ph.D, UCSF
Visa Marong, NWABR
James DiCarlo, MD, PhD
Bethany Brookshire, BS, Wake Forest University
Ethan Allen, Ph.D.
Michael J. Mana, PhD
Gerald Casey
Nancy Biery, PhD
Hillarie Plessner Windish, PhD
Malia Fullerton
Nicole McFarland
Robert W. Scanlon, MBA, Executive Director, Humphreys Diabetes Center
Dr. Earl Riddle
Jean E. Feagin, PhD
Cynthia Pekow, DVM, DACLAM
Li-Na Wei
Robert E Shade, Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research
Kari Koszdin, DVM
Rachel Heffner
Sheila Lukehart, PhD
Jamie Smelser Gothro, RVT, LATG, CMAR, CPIA
Dina Kovarik, Ph.D, NWABR
Adrian R. Morrison
Robert C Dysko, DVM, University of Michigan
Carolyn Hanson, OTR, PhD
Donita Robinson, PhD, UNC
Todd Pinkerman
James L. Gale MD MS
ackie Shaffer, AAS, LATG,LVT

86 thoughts on “Scientists dare to defend research

  1. Animal research is necessary for the advancement of medical science. I support humane use of animals in research that will benefit the medical care of other animals and humans. Where computer modeling will work then lets not use animals. If tissue / cell cultures will work – lets not use animals. But unless humans are willing to be volunteers at beginning stages of drug/surgery/medical technology development then we need to use animals BUT done in the most humane way possible.

  2. We are proud to be a part of an industry that enriches the lives and health of both people and animals alike.

    Keep up the good work, our message needs to be heard as well for the public to truly understand what actually is going on.

    Todd Pinkerman

  3. I support animal research and its benefits to our nation’s health.

  4. I am proud to support the responsible use of animals in research.

  5. Please add my name. My book to be released by Oxford in June, An Odyssey with Animals: A Veterinarians’ Reflections on the Animal Rights and Welfare Debate, gives plenty of reasons why it is important to defend research and researchers.

  6. Please add my name to your list of those who support the responsible use of animals in research. As a former HIV researcher, I know many of the biomedical advances we have today could not have been achieved without the contributions from animal research.

    Dina Kovarik, Ph.D.

  7. I support and promote responsible and humane animal care and use in advancement of better health for humans and animals. My family, friends and pets all enjoy a better quality of life, and in many cases, a longer, healtheir life because of the use of animals in research. Please add my name to the list of supporters bravely coming out in defense of and support for research.

  8. Animal research, conducted in an ethical and responsible way, is essential to improving health for all. I add my name in support of my colleagues at UCLA and elsewhere who are speaking out in favor of responsible conduct of research.

  9. I’m a supporter for animal research. I lost my mom to a disease when there was no cure at the time. Nowadays there is thanks to animal research.
    I’ve donated the organs to help olther people.
    Both is very important, animal research and donating human organs. Wouldn’t we all be happy to hear that there would be a cure for everything? Maybe the ARistas should offer themselves for research and I’d also like to know how many of them are taking meds that have been tested on animals before? I’ll bet they would not be coming forward, just denying………expose their double standard.

  10. I am a full supporter in the ethical treatment of animals in research. I take full responsbility for ensuring that animals used in research are respected and taken seriously.

  11. Please add my name to your list of those who support the responsible use of animals in research.
    Robert E Shade
    Associate Scientific Officer
    Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research

  12. I fully support ethical and responsible use of animals in research, which is essential to medicine and public health.

  13. Thank you to those who put a face on the reasoned need for and responsible use of animals in biomedical research.

  14. Use of animals in research has been essential to development of medical and vetrinary products that save or improve the quality of human and animal lives. I fully support ethical and responsible use of animals in research.

  15. Please add my name in support.

    1. Medical Science is dependent upon the faithful work of the doctors who care about human beings as well as the animals with who they work.

  16. I fully support and appreciate the responsible, ethical use of animals in research.

  17. I support the ethical use of animals in research as it betters the life of all, including members of many animal species.

  18. I am thrilled to hear that scientists in California have organized their own rally in support of animal research. I support the message that responsible animal research is absolutely necessary for most disease treatments. I also encourage scientists to spread the message about the importance of being responsible to help combat the violent protests to animal research.

  19. As a Chief of Police for a major medical center I want to voice my support to all the scientists, researchers and students who engage in the animal research field. Your bravery and willingness to continue in this critical field of science with the ultimate goal of bettering human life is admirable and I thank you.

    For those who stand oppose to this research, I support your rights to discuss, disagree and air your difference of opinion. You have NO RIGHT to expound violence, intimidation and promotion of fear for ones life and liberty toward anyone you happen to disagree with. i stand committed to ensuring those who utilize these extreme tactics be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law as domestic terrorists.

  20. I absolutely support the ethical and responsible conduct of biomedical research using animals. It has enriched the lives and well-being of both humans and animals…to NOT conduct such work would be unconscionable.

  21. Animal research, conducted responsibly and thically, contributes immeasurably to the betterment of humanity. While civil dialog and even disagreement about this issue should be promoted, the use of violence and the threat of violence against researchers is unacceptable and completely unethical.

  22. I strongly support ethical and responsible use of animals in research. I stand against violent intimidation of scientists at UCLA and elsewhere that are doing their very best in the service of all of us to develop understanding and cures for a wide ranges of biomedical conditions affecting both humans and animals. Please add my name to the list of supporters.

  23. I fully support the legal, ethical, and responsible conduct of biomedical research using animals and I would like to offer my support and encouragement of my colleages who will be speaking out for the responsible conduct of research with animal models at Thursday’s UCLA Pro-Test rally. I am a Research Professor at the University of California San Francisco, and Director of the Epstein Hearing Research Laboratory. Although I defend the right of any individual to disagree about whether animal research– or use of animals for food — are justified, the use of violence and intimidation by extremists constitutes terrorism. Please add my name to this list.

  24. I am a Research Associate Professor at the University of Washington and Director, Clinical Operations and Regulatory Affairs for the Cystic Fibrosis TDN Coordinating Network at Seattle Children’s. On behalf of the Board of Directors for the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research, we stand in support of our courageous California colleages who will be representing the ethical conduct of research with animal models at Thursday’s Pro-test rally.

  25. Thank you to all who started this. It’s so important that we emerge from the shadows to properly educate the public so that they may fully appreciate the importance of animal research, and the care with which it is carried out.

  26. I am happy to offer my support for the legal, ethical, and responsible conduct of biomedical research using animals.

  27. I support animal research and the importance to the wellbeing of man and animals.

  28. I fully support the responsible use of animals in research and the UCLA Pro-Test. Please add my name to this list.

  29. I support the responsible use of animals in biomedical research and welcome this opportunity to join in the UCLA protest.

  30. I am a Veterinary Technician who is proud of the advancements and accomplishments made by humane animal research.

  31. I voice my support to UCLA scientists who engage in research under the most stringent standards of care. Reasonable people may disagree on the justification of animal research and society has the right to legislate whether it is permissible to use animals for food or research. However, use of violence and intimidation by self-righteous militants amounts to terrorism, plain and simple. This country has suffered mightily by the acts of such people, were they attacks on doctors who perform abortions in order to protect the rights of the unborn, or mass murder by crashing airplanes into buildings to punish the sinful existence of western society. These cannot be allowed to prevail.

  32. Please add me to the letter in support of the legal, ethical, and responsible conduct of biomedical research using animals.

    David T. Blake, PhD
    Medical College of Georgia

    1. Ethically conducted animal research leads to ways to treat those with existing diseases and to prevent those diseases in future generations of both humans and animals.

  33. Animal research is very important. We should not forget that the overwhelming majority of people support this work and take advantage of the technologies that are made possibly by the use of animals in science.

    Why do people worry more about animal welfare than the welfare of people in the third world who are dying and suffering for lack of money and attention? Who are these vocal activists that care more about white lab mice than black and brown and yellow people around the world?

    If you want to help animals then stop eating and wearing them. Ty to convince your friends to do the same. Only when we are a nation of vegetarians should we even consider changing the way animals are used in research.

  34. As Associate Director – Animal Research Subjects at UCLA, I fully support the important and necessary work of our researchers. Their work is conducted at the highest ethical and scientific standards possible. I am proud to lend my name to this posting.

  35. I support the efforts at UCLA and other institutions that reiterate the importance of animal research to biomedical advances

  36. I support the responsible use of animals in biomedical research.

  37. I fully support the above statement and UCLA Pro-test in their mission to support the responsible use of animal in biomedical research.

  38. I support the responsible use of animals in biomedical research. Furthermore, I encourage the scientists who are signing on here to take the next, relatively painless steps. Speak with your friends, relatives and neighbors. Tell them why the research is important. Dismantle misconceptions based on practices that went out in the 30s. Identify where sensationalized public relations games create distorted or false impressions. Take the trouble to engage even the most overwrought accusations and arguments…even if you’ve heard them a hundred times before. Let us remember that we are educators as well as scientists.

  39. I support the responsible use of animals in biomedical research.

  40. I am proud to support the responsible use of animals in biomedical research.

  41. I condemn the actions of those people who use violence and harassment as a means to stop medical research on animals. I believe it is inhumane to withhold animal research if there is a chance that animal research can save human lives. If there is someone who doesn’t believe that–don’t preach to me. I have my own religion. And those people should not be benefiting from the results of animal research. Never buy any medication, never go to a doctor, never take your pet to a veterinarian–you will benefit from animal research. Respectful protest is the right way.

  42. Please add my name to the list of individuals who are willing to stand up and be counted in support of the tresponsible use of animals in reserach and teaching.
    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

  43. Please add my name in support to all those who play a roll in the responsible use of animals in research.

  44. Please add my name to the list in support of UCLA Pro-Test and the responsible use of animals in research.

  45. There is a contest between science, medical progress and the continued advance of human society and a coalition of those who would deny the fruits of scientific progress to future generations of people and animals.

    The importance of this philosophical debate must not be underestimated, as it will shape not just our science, but also the nation itself. A nation which hobbles its scientists will not remain a world leader for long.

    Humane research in living systems is required to continue scientific advance. No amount of triangulating will alter this basic fact.

  46. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to voice support for the humane care and use of animals in research and teaching activities. The terrorist activities of animal rights organizations has to be condemend in the strongest possible terms.

  47. Please add my name to the list in support of responsible animal research.

    Matthew Nelson
    PhD student Vanderbilt University

  48. Please add my name as a show of support to all those who play a roll in the responsible use of animals in research.

  49. Sign me up too – and thanks so much for doing the work that we all need to do.

  50. Please add me as well. Keep up the good work.
    Beverly Barton, PhD
    Department of Surgery

  51. Please add me to the letter in support of the ucla Pro-test
    Philip Starr MD,PHD
    UCSF Neurosurgery

  52. It is critical that we make the pro-research argument, not just with moral platitudes, but with concrete examples of therapies (or potential therapies) that have saved lives. Groups such as ALF are emboldened by our silence, this is why we need to make the importance of our work clear to the public.

  53. It is an honor to add my name to all those who support responsible science.

  54. I support groups that appropriately consider the balance of animal welfare with biomedical progress. The vast majority of biomedical researchers do indeed take their responsibility for animal welfare very seriously.

    If people want better treatments and cures for deadly diseases, we do need animal-based research. We understand too little about health and what tips the balance to a lack of health (for people and animals). It will take time, patience and the right approach to educate those who do not understand the need and validity of animal-based research.

    If people really want to help animals used in biomedical research, they can donate money to organizations like the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM) Foundation, which funds research to improve the welfare of laboratory animals.

    As an advocate for healthier people, animals and the environment, I acknowledge the balance is delicate and complex. Education is the answer; knowledge is power, but open mindedness is essential to the process.

    Anna M. van Heeckeren, DVM, MS

    1. This is an important initiative and timely in this changing political climate of increasing support for basic and applied research.

      Richard P. Heitz, PhD
      Vanderbilt University

    2. I deeply care about animals and I also support the responsible and humane use of animals in biomedical research. Educating the public about the medical benefits that come from animal based research is critical. I stand in support of researchers, medical progress and humane animal research.

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