Ketamine antidepressant spray treatment not available for patients…because of cost?

February 6th 2020 There are many reasons a treatment might not be available for patients, but this one from a recommendation by a UK National Health Service (NHS) watchdog shocked us: the £10,000 cost for the treatment is too high to make available to patients with severe depression that might benefit from it!?!?!? Typically where … Continue reading Ketamine antidepressant spray treatment not available for patients…because of cost?

#AnimalResearchSavesLives: Work on vaccine to Wuhan coronavirus begins

January 29th 2020 The first reports of a new virus spreading throughout Wuhan, China began in late December 2019. Since then the virus has continued to spread throughout China and beyond, with cases popping up worldwide. In China alone the number of confirmed cases is over 4000 and there have been more than 100 deaths. … Continue reading #AnimalResearchSavesLives: Work on vaccine to Wuhan coronavirus begins

World renowned neuroscientist and animal researcher, Nikos Logothetis, moves to China

January 27th 2020 Professor Nikos Logothetis, an internationally renowned neuroscientist and director of one of the prestigious Max Planck Institutes, has just announced that he is moving his research program to China and will be joined by several of his colleagues along with their families.  Some of you may know Professor Nikos Logothetis because of … Continue reading World renowned neuroscientist and animal researcher, Nikos Logothetis, moves to China

#FactCheckNeeded: What irresponsible journalism fails to mention about the Forced Swim Test

January 23rd 2020 It’s tempting to say that we live in an age of misinformation, but hasn’t it always been thus? For many years false claims were expressed in books and magazines or orally, in situations where no-one could whip out a phone and fact check what they were hearing. Most of this has just jumped … Continue reading #FactCheckNeeded: What irresponsible journalism fails to mention about the Forced Swim Test

How Parapriacanthus got its glow back

January 15th, 2020 by Jeremy D. Bailoo, PhD You’ve probably never heard of the fish, Parapriacanthus ransonneti, and to be honest neither did I until I stumbled upon this recent article in Science Advances. So what makes P. ransonetti unique? P. ransonetti is a bioluminescent fish — that is, it is capable of producing and … Continue reading How Parapriacanthus got its glow back

Computer models are not replacing animal research, and probably never will

January 7th 2020 Juan Carlos Marvizon, Ph.D. David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, VA Greater Los Angeles The buzz is everywhere when animal research is mentioned: experiments in animals are outdated because computer models and other modern techniques are replacing them. For example, you may have heard statements like these: “Researchers have developed a … Continue reading Computer models are not replacing animal research, and probably never will

BREAKTHROUGH: Her vision was getting worse, then animal research made things clear

By Justin A. Varholick, Ph.D. As we grow older there’s an impending fear that we will slowly, but surely, begin to lose our vision. This slow loss of vision is clinically dubbed ‘low vision’ and impacts more than 39 million Americans, costs $68 billion annually in direct health care costs, and is only growing in … Continue reading BREAKTHROUGH: Her vision was getting worse, then animal research made things clear