Basel Declaration Society conference calls for greater transparency in animal research

On February 14-15th 2018, scientists, veterinarians, communications staff and administrators from Europe and North America gathered in San Francisco to discuss “Openness and Transparency: Building Trust in Animal Research” at the 5th Annual Conference of the Basel Declaration Society (BDS). Below is a brief summary of the talks given on the 14th. The event was … Continue reading Basel Declaration Society conference calls for greater transparency in animal research

Germany sees 7% rise in animal research procedures in 2016

The Bundesministerium für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft has produced the 2016 annual statistics for Germany. These statistics seem to show some big changes from previous years and we will attempt to break down the comparisons according to the different methodologies used. Germany produces two sets of data as part of the Animal Protection Act. §7(2) - procedures on … Continue reading Germany sees 7% rise in animal research procedures in 2016

Conferences and webinars in openness and transparency

February and March will see a number of events on the topic of openness and transparency in animal research. The deadlines are short for registration so sign up as soon as possible. Speaking of Research committee members will be involved in a number of these events.   6 February – How to advance public acceptance … Continue reading Conferences and webinars in openness and transparency

The difference between pain and suffering

I find it surprising how often the words pain and suffering are used interchangeably, as it often happens when discussing issues of animal welfare. The concept of suffering has profound implications when applied to both humans and animals, so we should examine carefully what it entails philosophically and scientifically. Let’s consider pain first. When studying … Continue reading The difference between pain and suffering

Belgian animal research numbers fall by 5%

The last statistical publication that Speaking of Research will be reviewing in 2017 are that of Belgium. These will be added to both our worldwide animal research statistics page, and the new Historical animal research statistics page. In previous years, Belgium's three regions (Brussels, Flanders and Wallonia) have published their statistics independently, but the Belgian … Continue reading Belgian animal research numbers fall by 5%

Winning at Science Communication: Bird brains, not bird-brained!

It can be a challenge for researchers to connect with the public about why the work they do with animals is important. It can be especially difficult to get the public to understand how humans can benefit from research with seemingly disparate species. Dr. Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez, professor of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at UC … Continue reading Winning at Science Communication: Bird brains, not bird-brained!

The animal research behind the first US womb transplant birth

To witness any birth can be miraculous. However, the medical staff of Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas all agree that this particular delivery was special. As first reported by TIME, obstetrician and gynecologist, Dr. Liza Johannesson, stated, “We’ve been preparing for this moment for a very long time. I think everyone had tears in … Continue reading The animal research behind the first US womb transplant birth