CNN – Researchers Standing up to Activists

"Researchers to animal-rights activists: We're not afraid" This is the sort of CNN headline we need to hear more about. The story covers the actions of two SR committee members, David Jentsch and Dario Ringach, who recently wrote a top-rated journal article in the Journal of Neuroscience. Also mentioned is Professor Jeffrey Kordower's article in … Continue reading CNN – Researchers Standing up to Activists

Cool heads required!

Every year thousands of babies born in the United States suffer from perinatal hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a condition where a lack of oxygen and reduced blood supply during or shortly after birth causes brain damage and can lead to death or serious disability in later life. HIE results from a variety of causes, for example … Continue reading Cool heads required!

Unanimous support of UC Leadership to Animal Research

University of California President Mark Yudof and all UC Chancellors have signed onto the Pro-Test Petition, a statement of principles in support of scientists work with animals in biomedical research. The Petition, a joint project of Americans for Medical Progress, Pro-Test for Science and Speaking of Research, recently reached the milestone of 10,000 signatories. Among … Continue reading Unanimous support of UC Leadership to Animal Research

Nobel Prize time again (and the Laskers too)

Back in August, Dario wrote about how basic science contributes to medical advances and today the Nobel Assembly chose to recognize the importance of such work by awarding the The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009 to Dr. Elizabeth H. Blackburn, Professor Carol W. Greider and Professor Jack W. Szostak for their discovery of … Continue reading Nobel Prize time again (and the Laskers too)

Working toward a cure for paralysis

We have been pleasantly surprised by the magnitude of the positive responses received from our recent publication in Nature Neuroscience regarding the demonstration of several interventions which resulted in the recovery of well controlled locomotion after a complete spinal cord injury. It has been characterized as a major breakthrough in facilitating the level of recovery … Continue reading Working toward a cure for paralysis

Personal Touches – Scientists speak from the heart

The Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) recently started to broadcast the following one minute video clip, entitled "Larry's Story", of why researchers do what they do, and why animal research is crucial for their work.  It is a great step to see FBR showing the human side of researchers - ordinary people trying hard to … Continue reading Personal Touches – Scientists speak from the heart

Scientists affirm need to defend research

The recent commentary by Ringach and Jentsch (both Speaking of Research committee members) on need for scientists to defend biomedical research publicly is beginning to generate a consensus amongst top biomedical researchers around the world. Their commentary is now the top rated Biology article in the Faculty of 1000 system.  The Faculty of 1000 is … Continue reading Scientists affirm need to defend research