Dogs – best friends and clue to scientific breakthroughs

December 8th 2021Meeraa Ramakrishnan and Renée Hartig The importance of animal research has long been recognized in the field of advancing treatments for human diseases, yet some are still against it. But if research in animals, specifically dogs, could lead to better treatment options and lives for the dogs themselves, would people still disagree? Over … Continue reading Dogs – best friends and clue to scientific breakthroughs

Award winning reporting on monkey research to test a Covid-19 vaccine

November 22nd 2021Professor Christopher Petkov & Renée Hartig, PhD This article is a part of our series on #MPAR and the animal research required for vaccine development to fight Covid-19 and other diseases. Maartje Bakker, a journalist from the Netherlands, has won a prestigious science journalism award from the Kavli Foundation and the American Association … Continue reading Award winning reporting on monkey research to test a Covid-19 vaccine

Animal protection: Animal research yields new Valley fever vaccine for dogs  

November 17th 2021 Allyson J. Bennett & Jeremy D. Bailoo Imagine that your pet dog contracted an infection that caused fatigue, fever, joint pain, and muscle aches. And then imagine that a vaccine was available to help make sure that your pet—or your children, your parents, members of your community, even yourself— did not contract … Continue reading Animal protection: Animal research yields new Valley fever vaccine for dogs  

What’s frogs got to do with it? Insights into kidney diseases

November 8th 2021 Frogs' anatomy and organ function are strikingly similar to those of humans. An international team at the Institute of Anatomy at UZH, has now exploited this similarity by using a tiny tropical frog called Xenopus tropicalis to model human genetic diseases. The researchers focused on polycystic kidney disease, a congenital and currently … Continue reading What’s frogs got to do with it? Insights into kidney diseases

#Timescales #MPAR: Proof of principle pig kidney transplant to a deceased human performed

October 22nd 2021 Those of you who read the SR blog will be familiar with the #TimeScales that are often involved in bringing cures from bench to bedside and that often these cures were made possible by animal research #MPAR. A recent news story highlighting a successful pig kidney transplant in a human patient is … Continue reading #Timescales #MPAR: Proof of principle pig kidney transplant to a deceased human performed

WaPo recognizes animal research in reporting new drug treatment for COVID

October 1, 2021 Here at Speaking of Research, we have continually called for news outlets to unabashedly recognize when medical developments have relied on animal research. The public has a need, and a right, to understand and appreciate the entire biomedical advancement process from idea all the way through to treatment.  We applaud The Washington … Continue reading WaPo recognizes animal research in reporting new drug treatment for COVID

2021 Lasker Awards highlight the Invaluable Role of Animal Research

September 29th 2021 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 serve to “shine a spotlight on fundamental biological discoveries and clinical advances that improve human health, and to draw attention to the importance of public support … Continue reading 2021 Lasker Awards highlight the Invaluable Role of Animal Research