Sign onto open letter denouncing EPA decision on animal research

The September 10, 2019 announcement by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce and eventually eliminate animal research and testing is hazardous to human, animal, and environmental health. This directive flies in the face of the EPA’s mission to “protect human health and the environment” and “to ensure that national efforts to reduce environmental risks … Continue reading Sign onto open letter denouncing EPA decision on animal research

Animal research brings home the gold

The 2019 Golden Goose Awards have been announced, and once again animal research wins! These awards were established in 2012 by Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN) to honor federally funded research“whose work may once have been viewed as unusual, odd, or obscure, but has produced important discoveries benefiting society in significant ways.” The awards, which have … Continue reading Animal research brings home the gold

Evergreen: 2017. Research institutions have a moral responsibility to defend their research programs and scientists

It’s early September, the start of another academic year. Another year in which scientists, particularly those who engage in responsible animal research, will wonder whether their institutions have their backs. I recently was reminded by my university’s public affairs office about its standing policy to not include animals in the titles of science articles, and … Continue reading Evergreen: 2017. Research institutions have a moral responsibility to defend their research programs and scientists

What is sentience?

Juan Carlos Marvizon, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA I must confess that I initially disliked the word “sentience”. Maybe it was because for me it carried religious connotations that should not be mixed with science. Or maybe it was because I saw it as a devious way to avoid confronting … Continue reading What is sentience?

8 Reasons Marmosets are Good Translational Models for Aging

In February, the American Journal of Primatology (AJP) published a Special Issue entitled, “Marmosets as a Translational Model for Aging Studies.” The Special Issue contains a comprehensive set of studies that provides crucial new information to help guide the further development of this animal model of aging. It also emphasizes the value  and necessity of … Continue reading 8 Reasons Marmosets are Good Translational Models for Aging

The animal research behind the new nasal spray depression treatment

Or, our tax dollars at work! Last week, the FDA approved a new drug for treatment-resistant depression (TRD). The nasal spray version of the drug ketamine, called Spravato (esketamine), is a newly-approved, fast-acting drug, available only with a doctor’s prescription, that could help millions. Did you know that a wide range of nonhuman animal research … Continue reading The animal research behind the new nasal spray depression treatment

Proposed bills are duplicitous and unnecessarily burdensome

With all that needs fixing in this country, it is disappointing – though not altogether surprising – to see the United States Congress waste valuable time and energy proposing bills that essentially already exist. Couldn’t lawmakers’ precious resources be put to better use? Last week, Representatives Dina Titus (D-NV) and Pete King (R-NY) introduced H.R. … Continue reading Proposed bills are duplicitous and unnecessarily burdensome