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

Follow the money, not the bunny: EPA Administrator follows PETA’s lead

Former coal-lobbyist (possible climate change denialist) EPA Administrator sides with PETA and changes test standards for potentially harmful chemicals that can affect humans, other animals, and the environment In a sign of the times (and likely, not a good one for public health, the environment, and the future) Tuesday’s news carried pictures of the nation’s … Continue reading Follow the money, not the bunny: EPA Administrator follows PETA’s lead

2019 Lasker Awards highlight the invaluable role of animal research

The Lasker Awards are among the most prestigious prizes in medicine in the U.S. Awarded annually, these awards given by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation serve to “shine a spotlight on fundamental biological discoveries and clinical advances that improve human health, and to draw attention to the importance of public support of science.” The … Continue reading 2019 Lasker Awards highlight the invaluable role of 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

Guest post: How Overeating Changes the Brain

This is a guest post by Professor Juan M. Dominguez and is reposted with permission from his blog at Psychology Today. Dominguez is a behavioral neuroscient and professor of psychology at the University of Texas-Austin. His research focuses on the neural-endocrine regulation of motivated behaviors and associated disorders like addiction; using mating behavior as a … Continue reading Guest post: How Overeating Changes the Brain

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?