Guest Post: Save the Bastrop Chimpanzees

This guest post, about research chimpanzees and their transfer to the U.S. federal sanctuary, was sent to us by the group "Save the Bastrop Chimps." Every story has two sides. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) own or financially support approximately 500 captive chimpanzees in the United States. These chimpanzees have been a part of … Continue reading Guest Post: Save the Bastrop Chimpanzees

Numbers don’t tell the whole story: 2017 US Annual Report

Science magazine recently published a brief article with an eye-grabbing headline: “U.S. labs using a record number of monkeys.” The article has a colorful graph to match, showing the number of monkeys in research over the past 10 of the 45 years that numbers are available. The article focuses almost exclusively on work funded by … Continue reading Numbers don’t tell the whole story: 2017 US Annual Report

NIH announces final decisions to relocate chimpanzees

The National Institutes of Health recently announced its final decisions about moving the remaining 180 chimpanzees it owns to the US federal sanctuary, Chimp Haven. The Louisiana sanctuary was founded in 1995 as a nonprofit led by primate behavioral researcher Dr. Linda Brent and others. Brent served as Chimp Haven’s President for 17 years until … Continue reading NIH announces final decisions to relocate chimpanzees

Scientific societies express concern about Max Planck Society’s actions

Last week we posted an open letter from scientists expressing concerns and urging the community to speak out about actions taken by the Max Planck Society (MPS) against Prof. Nikos K. Logothetis, the director of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (MPI-BC, Tübingen). The letter continues to receive comments of concern and support for … Continue reading Scientific societies express concern about Max Planck Society’s actions

Open Letter Regarding the Max Planck Society’s Actions Against MPI-BC Director Prof. Logothetis

 [Note: This letter is from scientists, some of whom are members of the Speaking of Research committee. They include:  Allyson J. Bennett, J. David Jentsch, Juan Carlos Marvizon, Amanda M. Dettmer, Jeremy Bailoo, Marcello Rosa, and Roberto Caminiti. We welcome other scientists and advocates to join us in signing this letter by adding their names … Continue reading Open Letter Regarding the Max Planck Society’s Actions Against MPI-BC Director Prof. Logothetis

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