Longtime Animal Rights Target Advocates for Increased Transparency to Counter Misinformation and Threats

Speaking of Research readers might recognize the name Christine Lattin. She’s the Louisiana State University scientist (and former Yale post-doctoral researcher) who studies stress hormones and neurotransmitters in birds.   We’ve written about her research in the past. In doing so, we’ve pointed out PETA’s many misleading claims about Dr. Lattin’s studies. We’re also pleased … Continue reading Longtime Animal Rights Target Advocates for Increased Transparency to Counter Misinformation and Threats

Another Nobel, Another Win for Animal Research

It’s Nobel season! The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was announced today, and once again, animal research wins! Drs. James P. Allison (MD Anderson Cancer Center) and Tasaku Honjo (Kyoto University) will share the $1 million prize for their work in cancer immunotherapy, which relied on the critical contribution of animal models to … Continue reading Another Nobel, Another Win for Animal Research

Animal Research Plays Prominent Role in 2018 Lasker Awards

The Lasker Awards are among the most prestigious prizes in medicine in the U.S. Awarded annually, these awards — given by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation — honor exceptional contributions to biomedical research with a $250,000 prize in each of three categories. The honors are so highly regarded, they have been nicknamed “America’s Nobels.” … Continue reading Animal Research Plays Prominent Role in 2018 Lasker Awards

Scientific societies express concern about Max Planck Society’s actions

Last week we posted an open letter from scientists expressing concerns and urging the community to speak out about actions taken by the Max Planck Society (MPS) against Prof. Nikos K. Logothetis, the director of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (MPI-BC, Tübingen). The letter continues to receive comments of concern and support for … Continue reading Scientific societies express concern about Max Planck Society’s actions

Open Letter Regarding the Max Planck Society’s Actions Against MPI-BC Director Prof. Logothetis

 [Note: This letter is from scientists, some of whom are members of the Speaking of Research committee. They include:  Allyson J. Bennett, J. David Jentsch, Juan Carlos Marvizon, Amanda M. Dettmer, Jeremy Bailoo, Marcello Rosa, and Roberto Caminiti. We welcome other scientists and advocates to join us in signing this letter by adding their names … Continue reading Open Letter Regarding the Max Planck Society’s Actions Against MPI-BC Director Prof. Logothetis

Why Opinion Journalism and Science Don’t Mix

One likely reason why America has become so polarized, is the rise of opinion journalism. For those unfamiliar with the term, here’s how Wikipedia describes it: Opinion journalism is journalism that makes no claim of objectivity. Although distinguished from advocacy journalism in several ways, both forms feature a subjective viewpoint, usually with some social or political … Continue reading Why Opinion Journalism and Science Don’t Mix

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