#MPAR: The #AnimalResearch behind NeuraLink

April 12th 2021 On Friday April 9th, various news agencies (e.g., here) were abuzz with reporting of Elon Musk’s Neuralink. Twitter exploded with comments and re-tweets and the video example has been viewed over 4.7 million times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=rsCul1sp4hQ It is obvious that NeuraLink involves animals and it is a clear example of how basic research … Continue reading #MPAR: The #AnimalResearch behind NeuraLink

#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

Shocking news? Why scientists stimulate the brain and the importance of animal research

April 5th, 2021Professor Christopher Petkov There is a misconception often propagated by individuals or organizations that do not see much benefit to animal research. They would have the public believe that scientists shock an animal’s brain for little to no good reason. This claim is not true and we encourage you to call it out … Continue reading Shocking news? Why scientists stimulate the brain and the importance of animal research

Sea Lions are a Crucial Model for Understanding how Cancer Develops

April 1st 2021 Most cancers are caused by many complex factors including aspects of the environment, such as toxins and pollutants, and genetic predispositions, such as having the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene in breast cancer. This complexity makes it challenging to capture all possible factors causing cancer in traditional laboratory models, such as the mouse. … Continue reading Sea Lions are a Crucial Model for Understanding how Cancer Develops

#AnimalResearch saves non-human animal lives too

March 25th 2021 A recent article in The Guardian highlights the vital role of #AnimalResearch—to benefit not only to humans, but other animals themselves. “At the start of 2021, four orangutans and five bonobos became the first great apes at a US zoo to receive Covid-19 vaccinations. An outbreak in San Diego zoo’s western lowland … Continue reading #AnimalResearch saves non-human animal lives too

#MPAR: Proof-of-concept technique in primates holds promise for paralyzed humans

March 24th 2021 Advanced brain-controlled neural prosthetics require electrodes to be inserted into the brain—which involves significant-risk open-brain surgery that causes acute and chronic local tissue damage—until now. A proof of concept study published in the journal Neuron, using two rhesus macaques, has demonstrated a minimally invasive approach, using functional ultrasound (fUS), for the control … Continue reading #MPAR: Proof-of-concept technique in primates holds promise for paralyzed humans

One step closer to treating spinal cord injury with our own stem cells

March 15th 2021 Justin Varholick, PhD Recently,  a team of scientists from Yale University and Sapparo Medical University in Japan treated spinal cord injury patients with their own bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), increasing their ability to walk and use their hands. Previous to the treatment, 13 patients had sustained falls or minor … Continue reading One step closer to treating spinal cord injury with our own stem cells

International collaborations can both maintain animal welfare standards and advance science

March 10th 2021 Anna Mitchell, PhD, Michele A. Basso PhD and Renée Hartig PhD Please note that this article is published within a series of Speaking of Research posts to come that incorporate the range of viewpoints and perspectives on international regulations and collaborations between animal researchers. In the midst of an ongoing pandemic, there … Continue reading International collaborations can both maintain animal welfare standards and advance science