Colin Blakemore, a scientist and early proponent of openness in animal research, passes away

June 30, 2022 Chris Magee Sir Colin Blakemore, prominent neuroscientist, was born on June 1, 1944. He died of motor neurone disease on June 27, 2022, aged 78 Born in Stratford-upon-Avon on 1 June 1944, he was educated at King Henry VIII Schoolin Coventry and then won a state scholarship to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he gained a BA (first-class honours) … Continue reading Colin Blakemore, a scientist and early proponent of openness in animal research, passes away

Interview with the Director: The importance of the Washington National Primate Research Center

June 27, 2022Chris Petkov & Renee Hartig Primate neuroscience research has been a bedrock of scientific discoveries on how the brain works. This has led to scientific breakthroughs and discoveries to advance treatments for Parkinson’s disease and many other disorders, including clinical depression and blindness. Primate research has also been critical for advancing vaccines to … Continue reading Interview with the Director: The importance of the Washington National Primate Research Center

Animal studies contribute to development of a potential new treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

June 21, 2022 Doris Doudet & Allyson J. Bennett Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a prominent neurodegenerative disease that affects more than 10 million people worldwide. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease. PD is associated with well-known motor symptoms such as tremor, slowness of movement and increased risks of falls but … Continue reading Animal studies contribute to development of a potential new treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

An important thing The Guardian and PETA can do to protect primates

June 9, 2022 In January 2021 a UK news outlet, The Guardian, wrote about new guidelines aimed at reducing the trade and acceptance of nonhuman primates as pets. The particular focus, following evidence and recommendations from international primatological societies, was on posting and dissemination of photos in which scientists and others--including "celebrity primatologists"-- pose with … Continue reading An important thing The Guardian and PETA can do to protect primates

Facts about monkeypox and animal research 

June 8, 2022 It is not new news that individuals and groups engaged in political campaigns against animal research rarely miss an opportunity to amplify their message and promote their agenda by jumping on current world events. A look at PETA’s webpage, for example, will tell you about PETA Germany’s efforts to rescue pets in … Continue reading Facts about monkeypox and animal research 

Speaking of Research Statement on Alleged Animal Welfare Act Violations at Envigo

May 24, 2022 Speaking of Research is deeply troubled by recent events concerning the commercial laboratory animal breeder, Envigo (now owned by Inotiv). In brief, wide-ranging appalling animal care failures and ongoing animal welfare concerns at the facility have been documented in reports from US federal oversight agency inspections. The scope of problems described in … Continue reading Speaking of Research Statement on Alleged Animal Welfare Act Violations at Envigo

Evergreen: World Week to Speak Up About Animal Research

April 29, 2022 Each April a group of people committed to ending all use of animals for any purpose, including medical and scientific research, orchestrate events for a week they designate World Week for Animals in Laboratories (WWAIL). Among the primary objectives of WWAIL is to generate media coverage via picketing and protests. The event … Continue reading Evergreen: World Week to Speak Up About Animal Research

What is failure?  Shelved cancer treatment becomes first effective AIDS/HIV treatment

April 28, 2022 Allyson J. Bennett, Jeremy D. Bailoo, Sangy Panicker 1964.  Lead scientist, Jerome P. Horwitz, working on new cancer treatments developed azidothymidine in 1964. Their work was funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI, Grant #’s CY-5943 and CA-02903), one of the institutes within the publicly-funded US National Institutes of Health (NIH).  It … Continue reading What is failure?  Shelved cancer treatment becomes first effective AIDS/HIV treatment