PETA’s Latest “Drive-By” Campaign, Free Speech or Dangerous Harassment?

It’s no secret that academic institutions conduct a significant share of the world’s health research. It is also common knowledge that colleges and universities have a strong commitment to free speech and open dialogue. However, in the era of fake news, alternative facts and increasing division, are there limits? When does free speech cross the … Continue reading PETA’s Latest “Drive-By” Campaign, Free Speech or Dangerous Harassment?

Max Planck Society’s actions raise serious concerns about leadership and the future of German neuroscience

The scientific community was in shock when one of Europe’s leading neuroscientists, Nikos Logothetis PhD of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, announced in 2015 that he would that he would no longer use nonhuman primates in his research into the physiology of cognitive processes, and that the work of his team would turn … Continue reading Max Planck Society’s actions raise serious concerns about leadership and the future of German neuroscience

An Effective Response to Animal Activism

This week marks World Week for Animals in Laboratories, an annual animal activist observance for those who oppose the use of animals in health research. While WWAIL, as it is often called, is not as heavily observed nowadays as it has been in the past, it still features a handful of protests and other actions … Continue reading An Effective Response to Animal Activism

Join Us in supporting greater openness in animal research

Ten years ago, we launched Speaking of Research to provide the science community with an opportunity to stand up and defend the important role of animals in medical, veterinary and scientific research. Over the past decade, an ever-increasing audience of scientists, clinicians, animal care staff and members of the public have supported that cause. At … Continue reading Join Us in supporting greater openness in animal research

Say NO to the harassment of Christine Lattin by PETA activists

Please leave a comment of support at the bottom of this article for Christine, and please share with your colleagues to raise awareness of the vile and irresponsible tactics of PETA in their targeting of a young researcher at Yale University. What would someone need to do to deserve threats online, protests at their place … Continue reading Say NO to the harassment of Christine Lattin by PETA activists

Doors Open: Explaining animal research at the University of Ottawa

Every June, the city of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada holds a “Doors Open” event, as part of a larger province-wide initiative to open facilities such as museums, hospitals, and historical sites to the community in ways which aren’t part of their everyday operations. The Brain and Mind Research Institute at the University of Ottawa opened its … Continue reading Doors Open: Explaining animal research at the University of Ottawa

Back to school: Graduate students learn about animal research and outreach

In the Spring of 2016, a course was taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison titled “Broader Impacts: Public Outreach, Engagement, and Education about Animal Research”. This course was developed by Audrey Buelo, the 2015/2016 Michael D. Hayre Fellow for Public Outreach awarded by Americans for Medical Progress—with the advice and help of Professor Allyson J. … Continue reading Back to school: Graduate students learn about animal research and outreach