Let’s make it 500 voices in support of openness!

We’ve reached nearly 500 signatures on our Open Letter calling for greater openness in animal research in the U.S.! We will soon be making this letter public and we need your help to show that America's scientific community stands firmly behind openness, transparency, and the importance of animal studies to medical progress. Animal research plays … Continue reading Let’s make it 500 voices in support of openness!

We Want You!

For Openness in Science! Now more than ever, openness in science — particularly, by scientists and the institutions that support them — is critical for garnering and maintaining public support. Not only does transparency enhance public trust and enthusiasm for science, which is crucial for maintaining sufficient funding for research, but it also benefits the … Continue reading We Want You!

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

Basel Declaration Society conference calls for greater transparency in animal research

On February 14-15th 2018, scientists, veterinarians, communications staff and administrators from Europe and North America gathered in San Francisco to discuss “Openness and Transparency: Building Trust in Animal Research” at the 5th Annual Conference of the Basel Declaration Society (BDS). Below is a brief summary of the talks given on the 14th. The event was … Continue reading Basel Declaration Society conference calls for greater transparency in animal research

Conferences and webinars in openness and transparency

February and March will see a number of events on the topic of openness and transparency in animal research. The deadlines are short for registration so sign up as soon as possible. Speaking of Research committee members will be involved in a number of these events.   6 February – How to advance public acceptance … Continue reading Conferences and webinars in openness and transparency

“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!