#WorldImmunizationWeek 2021 – The MMR-Andrew Wakefield Scandal

Originally posted April 23rd 2019, updated April 27th 2021 In our previous posts, we highlighted how vaccines work and all of the effort that goes into ensuring safety and efficacy—with specific emphasis on COVID-19 vaccines. While many countries in the world are struggling to control the pandemic, with limited or no access to vaccines, the … Continue reading #WorldImmunizationWeek 2021 – The MMR-Andrew Wakefield Scandal

#WorldImmunizationWeek 2021: Vaccinations, how and why they work

Originally posted April 22nd 2019, Updated April 25th 2021 In light of #WorldImmunizationWeek we are doing a series of posts which highlight facts pertaining to vaccine production, and how safety and efficacy is assessed. We also highlight the historical aspects that lead to the “anti-vaxxer” movement and why critical consideration of the facts pertaining to … Continue reading #WorldImmunizationWeek 2021: Vaccinations, how and why they work

#Evergreen: Sex, Drugs and the Validity of the Animal Model

April 16th 2021 We have continued to highlight the valuable role that #AnimalResearch plays in bringing improvements to quality of life and life saving cures from bench to bedside (e.g., here, here, here). We also have continued to emphasize the process of science as a self-correcting endeavor, and that this is a feature not a … Continue reading #Evergreen: Sex, Drugs and the Validity of the Animal Model

#Evergreen: Nonhuman primate research gives us otherwise impossible treatments

April 9th 2021 In February, we wrote about how progress in Parkinson's disease depends on nonhuman primate research. In March, we highlighted another breakthrough in Parkinson's disease, #MPAR, in nonhuman primates. And, in March again, we highlighted a breakthrough procedure in nonhuman primates, for paralyzed humans. Earlier this week, committee member Professor Chris Petkov wrote … Continue reading #Evergreen: Nonhuman primate research gives us otherwise impossible treatments

#Evergreen: Fair partners in dialogue: Starting assumptions matter and they should be spelled out

April 2nd 2021 In the last few weeks we have detailed the irresponsible behavior of those opposed to animal research during the pandemic and the hypocrisy of their rhetoric now that vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorization—thanks to over a decade of animal research as well as in safety and efficacy testing. We also wrote about how recent media coverage … Continue reading #Evergreen: Fair partners in dialogue: Starting assumptions matter and they should be spelled out

#Evergreen: Predictability and Utility of Animal Models

March 26th 2021 Yesterday we highlighted one of the myths that those opposed to #AnimalResearch often spend their time propagating—that #AnimalResearch is only performed in benefit to humans—usually alongside the myth that #AnimalResearch fails to translate to humans. It is thus timely to highlight another of our posts debunking another prevalent and sensational claim—that 99% of drugs … Continue reading #Evergreen: Predictability and Utility of Animal Models

#Evergreen: The Science and Medicine of “Progress for Science”

March 12th 2021 We have detailed the irresponsible behavior of those opposed to animal research during the pandemic and the hypocrisy of their rhetoric now that vaccines have received Emergency Use Authorization—thanks to over a decade of animal research as well as in safety and efficacy testing. Yesterday, we wrote about how recent media coverage of Catholic leaders’ endorsement of … Continue reading #Evergreen: The Science and Medicine of “Progress for Science”

#Evergreen: Is Animal Research Worth the Expense?

February 26th 2021 The US has tragically surpassed 500,000 COVID-19 related deaths this week. At this juncture, it is worth reflecting on the historical context that got us here. We have written about the leadership failure and the sidelining of science during the pandemic in the Trump administration. We have also detailed the irresponsible behavior … Continue reading #Evergreen: Is Animal Research Worth the Expense?