Max Planck Society’s actions raise serious concerns about leadership and the future of German neuroscience

The scientific community was in shock when one of Europe’s leading neuroscientists, Nikos Logothetis PhD of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, announced in 2015 that he would that he would no longer use nonhuman primates in his research into the physiology of cognitive processes, and that the work of his team would turn … Continue reading Max Planck Society’s actions raise serious concerns about leadership and the future of German neuroscience

The Curious Case of Catheter Removals at the FDA

The FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, made a statement last week that claimed animal welfare concerns had led to his agency’s decision to end a primate research project aimed at better understanding nicotine addiction in adolescents. However, details revealed in the project documents that were also released by the agency last week raise doubts about the … Continue reading The Curious Case of Catheter Removals at the FDA

Is the FDA undermining its own study and the experts it sent to review it?

The American Psychological Association has warned that the FDA may be winding down its own primate study, despite having started-- but not completed, nor made public-- an independent FDA review process. Why the FDA would stop the study before any report has been published will lead many into further questioning the influence that certain animal … Continue reading Is the FDA undermining its own study and the experts it sent to review it?

Speaking of Research Year in Review 2017

It's been a great year for Speaking of Research. Visits to the website rose 30% to break new records in 2017, with more new content added than in any previous year. It is not just web traffic which saw a large rise, our media work also increased in 2017 as we provided comment to outlets … Continue reading Speaking of Research Year in Review 2017

2017 SFN Attendees: Does your research depend on animal models?

If it does, consider adding this session to your conference plan: What: SFN Animals in Research Panel. How to Effectively Communicate Your Animal Research:  Elevator Speech, Social Media, and Best Practices.  When & Where:  Monday November 13. Noon-2pm. Room 103A Why? (as in, SFN is busy enough, why add a "non-new-science-discoveries-session" to your already packed … Continue reading 2017 SFN Attendees: Does your research depend on animal models?

Jane Goodall and White Coat Waste are wrong about nicotine addiction research

This open letter is from scientists and leaders in the addiction research community.  If you'd like to join the signatories listed below, please do in comments at the bottom of this article. Please also share with others with an interest in research on addiction. Smoking – and nicotine addiction – are sometimes easy targets for … Continue reading Jane Goodall and White Coat Waste are wrong about nicotine addiction research