Nobel Prize Winners lead the call for greater openness in animal research

USA Today has published our open letter calling for increased openness about the important role of animals in health research. Below, we provide the full list of almost 600 signatures, including four Nobel Laureates, who have signed their support for our initiative. We hope this action will put pressure on institutions across the US to … Continue reading Nobel Prize Winners lead the call for greater openness in animal research

What does animal research really look like? Help us show the world

If you pass an antivivisection demonstration, you may find yourself staring at images of animals which bear little relation to modern research. These photos are often from other countries, decades out of date, or entirely  out of context. If you want to see the scale of the problem then we recommend you Google ‘animal testing‘ … Continue reading What does animal research really look like? Help us show the world

The Importance of Animal Experimentation and the mdx mouse model to Muscular Dystrophy Research

Louise Richardson is a PhD student at the University of Leeds. Her work focuses on satellite cells and their contribution to skeletal muscle plasticity, with a view to understanding more about genetic muscle disorders and sarcopenia. She has a Masters of Research with an in-vivo specialisation and a BSc. in Human Anatomy. In this post … Continue reading The Importance of Animal Experimentation and the mdx mouse model to Muscular Dystrophy Research

Mars, Machine Learning, and Mice: How a planetary science spin-off has the potential to improve imaging in animal research

Dr. Paul Tar is a research associate at the University of Manchester. In this guest post Paul explains the interdisciplinary journey taken between his PhD, in the analysis of planetary images, and current research post, in cancer studies. In this post he discusses how machine learning used to make measurements in space can also be … Continue reading Mars, Machine Learning, and Mice: How a planetary science spin-off has the potential to improve imaging in animal research

Ebola Vaccine, four decades in the making

Recent news indicates that the Ebola virus is spreading throughout the northern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, including one case in Mbandaka, a city with a population of 1 million. Many people will remember the outbreak in 2014 that led to more than 10,000 deaths in West Africa. In efforts to curb a new outbreak, the … Continue reading Ebola Vaccine, four decades in the making

Israel reports large rise in number of animals used in research in 2017

New statistics released by the Ministry for Health's Council for Animal Experimentation showed that the number of animals used for research and testing on animals in 2017 was 1,238,178. This represents a 144% rise as compared to 2016. The rise is primarily due to a five-fold increase in fish used (they had previously risen fourteen-fold … Continue reading Israel reports large rise in number of animals used in research in 2017

Seeing the Light: Managing Neuropathic Pain with Phototoxicity

Neuropathic pain is a chronic condition that affects an estimated 6.9-10.0% of people and usually arises from damage to the nervous system. The mechanisms underlying neuropathic pain are complex and different than those causing acute pain and inflammatory pain, thus requiring a different therapeutic approach. Unfortunately, the majority of people with neuropathic pain do not … Continue reading Seeing the Light: Managing Neuropathic Pain with Phototoxicity