What should a vegan do about vaccinations? 

August 1, 2022 Allyson J. Bennett, Amanda M. Dettmer, Justin A. Varholick Vegans are often defined as anyone who does not eat any food derived from animals and does not use any animal products. This means that they are also often opposed to the use of animals for research and testing of medicines, vaccines, and … Continue reading What should a vegan do about vaccinations? 

Concussions: What do woodpeckers have to do with it?

July 25th 2022Jeremy D. Bailoo I remember quite clearly watching the movie, Concussion, and thinking how amazingly accessible the material was to the public. It took complex principles of Biology and Physics, and highlighted how dangerous one American pastime, football, was to the brains of the individuals who played it. It also was a good … Continue reading Concussions: What do woodpeckers have to do with it?

The first US polio case in over a decade

July 23rd 2022 It was not so long ago (1950) that the lack of a polio vaccine led to debilitating developmental defects in our population. Because of decades of research to develop the oral polio vaccine, children today know nothing of the fear that polio brought to the United States every summer well into the … Continue reading The first US polio case in over a decade

Ruling on PETA v. OHSU Public Records Lawsuit

Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Andrew M. Lavin issued a ruling on July 6, 2022, in the PETA v. Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) public records lawsuit. Once again, PETA used this opportunity to misrepresent the actual court documents and rulings, misleading the public. First, some important background: The U.S. legal system ensures a … Continue reading Ruling on PETA v. OHSU Public Records Lawsuit

What are humanized mice? Wait, what?

July 1st 2022 If you are a follower of Speaking of Research (SR), you would probably know from our animal use statistics pages that rodents are the most widely used animal research model. If you are not a follower of SR, please sign up for updates on the blog, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Rodents are … Continue reading What are humanized mice? Wait, what?

Colin Blakemore, a scientist and early proponent of openness in animal research, passes away

June 30, 2022 Chris Magee Sir Colin Blakemore, prominent neuroscientist, was born on June 1, 1944. He died of motor neurone disease on June 27, 2022, aged 78 Born in Stratford-upon-Avon on 1 June 1944, he was educated at King Henry VIII Schoolin Coventry and then won a state scholarship to Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, where he gained a BA (first-class honours) … Continue reading Colin Blakemore, a scientist and early proponent of openness in animal research, passes away

Interview with the Director: The importance of the Washington National Primate Research Center

June 27, 2022Chris Petkov & Renee Hartig Primate neuroscience research has been a bedrock of scientific discoveries on how the brain works. This has led to scientific breakthroughs and discoveries to advance treatments for Parkinson’s disease and many other disorders, including clinical depression and blindness. Primate research has also been critical for advancing vaccines to … Continue reading Interview with the Director: The importance of the Washington National Primate Research Center

Juul e-cigs to be banned from sale in the US—protects children

June 23rd 2022 The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the FDA plans to ban the sale of Juul E-cigarettes in the US. At a time when lawmakers are stagnated and continually stymied in passing legislation to protect the most vulnerable of our population—children—this news is indeed welcome. This is not the first ruling on … Continue reading Juul e-cigs to be banned from sale in the US—protects children