Guest Post: What it means for me to be a veterinary technician in biomedical research

James Champion is a registered veterinary technician that is the Director of Operations of Morehouse School of Medicine’s Center for Laboratory Animal Resources.  He has worked in animal research for over twelve years.  He was also awarded the AAALAC International Fellowship Award in 2015. Since I was a young child, I have gravitated towards all … Continue reading Guest Post: What it means for me to be a veterinary technician in biomedical research

Why are zebrafish such good models for scientists?

Today's guest post comes from Alex Buxton from the University of Cambridge, based on her interview with Professor Lalita Ramakrishnan about her research on zebrafish. Prof Ramakrishnan's research into immunology and infectious diseases at the University of Cambridge is funded by the Wellcome Trust and the National Institutes of Health. This article was originally posted … Continue reading Why are zebrafish such good models for scientists?

Can Cell Lines Replace Animal Research?

Teresa Romeo Luperchio is a graduate student at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is currently working as a FASEB Office of Public Affairs Fellow. In this post Teresa tackles the difficult question of why cell lines could not replace all animal studies.   A common theme in alternatives to animal testing is that tissue … Continue reading Can Cell Lines Replace Animal Research?

Guest Post: Sex, Drugs and the Validity of the Animal Model

Dr. Swapna Mohan is a post-doctoral fellow at the National Institutes of Health. She is a veterinarian and recently completed her PhD in Molecular Physiology from Cornell University, NY. She is interested in maximizing the use of animals in research and agriculture, while keeping with humane and ethical standards. The FDA has approved “female Viagra” … Continue reading Guest Post: Sex, Drugs and the Validity of the Animal Model

Guest Post: Why science needs to improve

Today's guest post is from Jeremy D. Bailoo, PhD, a developmental psychobiologist in the Division of Animal Welfare at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He is currently involved in research which examines the manner by which we house and care for animals and its relevance to animal welfare and how it affects experimental results. He … Continue reading Guest Post: Why science needs to improve

Guest Post: How do birds see the world?

Today’s guest post is from Professor Aaron Blaisdell and graduate student Julia Schroeder in the Department of Psychology at the University of California Los Angeles. Prof. Blaisdell’s area of research is animal learning and comparative cognition. He received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience at Binghamton University in 1999. Julia Schroeder is a … Continue reading Guest Post: How do birds see the world?

Guest Post: CRPS Animal Models Explained

The following guest post is by Dr Rosie Morland. Dr Morland recently completed a PhD in neuroscience and pain studies at Imperial College, London, and she has a particular interest in how animal models can help increase understanding of complex pain disorders. You can read more from her on her blog. The article was originally … Continue reading Guest Post: CRPS Animal Models Explained