“Piglets into Personalized Avatars” is #SciComm done right!

Yesterday, Ed Yong, a science writer for The Atlantic, published a fantastic article describing how miniature pigs are now being relied upon as personalized models of devastating diseases. His article described how Dr. Dhanu Shanmuganayagam is using the gene-editing technique CRISPR to create pigs that have the specific mutations of particular individuals with the disease neurofibromatosis … Continue reading “Piglets into Personalized Avatars” is #SciComm done right!

Winning at Science Communication: Bird brains, not bird-brained!

It can be a challenge for researchers to connect with the public about why the work they do with animals is important. It can be especially difficult to get the public to understand how humans can benefit from research with seemingly disparate species. Dr. Rebecca Calisi Rodríguez, professor of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior at UC … Continue reading Winning at Science Communication: Bird brains, not bird-brained!

How to explain animal research on your institution’s website

Exactly three years ago, Speaking of Research published a page listing around 100 animal research statements of research institutions, universities, medical research charities, pharmaceuticals, scientific societies and more. After a year of building up this list, we introduced a rating system that let organizations know how good their statement was. We gave them marks according … Continue reading How to explain animal research on your institution’s website

2017 SFN Attendees: Does your research depend on animal models?

If it does, consider adding this session to your conference plan: What: SFN Animals in Research Panel. How to Effectively Communicate Your Animal Research:  Elevator Speech, Social Media, and Best Practices.  When & Where:  Monday November 13. Noon-2pm. Room 103A Why? (as in, SFN is busy enough, why add a "non-new-science-discoveries-session" to your already packed … Continue reading 2017 SFN Attendees: Does your research depend on animal models?

Openness by the numbers: Ten universities conduct one third of all UK animal research

The ten British universities which conduct the most animal research have come together to proactively publicise their exact figures to the public and media. The press release by the ten institutions was coordinated by Understanding Animal Research. It is the second time that universities have come together to publicise their numbers. Of the 46 universities … Continue reading Openness by the numbers: Ten universities conduct one third of all UK animal research

Join us at the 5th International Conference of the Basel Declaration Society in February 2018

The 5th International conference of the Basel Declaration Society, focused on “Openness and Transparency: Building Trust in Animal Research” will take place in San Francisco on the 14th - 15th February 2018. Four Speaking of Research committee members will be involved as speakers or workshop leaders – Allyson Bennett (also University of Wisconsin), Paula Clifford … Continue reading Join us at the 5th International Conference of the Basel Declaration Society in February 2018

The Problem With Jane Goodall’s “Expert” Opinion

On September 7, 2017, Dr. Jane Goodall wrote a scathing letter to Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Commissioner of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) denouncing what she called the “cruel and unnecessary nicotine addiction experiments on monkeys” occurring there. The letter, which relies on the repeated use of opinion versus fact-based arguments by Goodall, is … Continue reading The Problem With Jane Goodall’s “Expert” Opinion