March 4th 2020 As reported in The Guardian, “the escape of three baboons involved in research has sparked renewed calls for greater transparency in medical testing on animals in Australia.” https://twitter.com/9NewsSyd/status/1232208733733654528 The three baboons, one male and two female, were being transported to a veterinary facility associated with a Sydney hospital where the male was … Continue reading Baboon Escape: Australia sees result of silence about nonhuman primate research
February 25th 2020 We have recently called for an end to xenophobia and international bias against scientists. For example, International Bias: Enough is Enough and Speaking of Research Calls for Support of Global Science. An open access article, recently published in the journal Neuron, is an excellent example of how everyone can benefit when the … Continue reading Everyone Benefits When the Global Scientific Community Works Together
February 19th 2020 You may have read recently or seen on social media platforms that, “the use of animals in scientific research seems to be declining in the European Union….” and accordingly, that this is due to the “EU tough regulations” that are “designed to protect research animals.” At first blush, these claims seem reasonable … Continue reading #FactCheckNeeded: Is the use of animals for research declining in the EU?
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?
January 29th 2020 Update: *April 3, 2020. This post was updated to reflect current findings on "the missing link" for SARS-CoV-2 transmission between bats and humans. 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 … Continue reading #AnimalResearchSavesLives: Work on vaccine to COVID-19 coronavirus begins
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
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
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