Reversal of Parkinson’s symptoms by use of brain cell grafts

March 8th 2021 Renée Hartig, PhD Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently published a scientific report detailing an innovative procedure to treat one of the most prevalent neurodegenerative diseases amongst the older population: Parkinson’s disease. This procedure utilized grafts of brain cells to replenish dopamine neurons in the adult brain. Grafts, along with stem … Continue reading Reversal of Parkinson’s symptoms by use of brain cell grafts

The #AnimalResearch behind the 2021 Brain Prize

March 5th 2021 The Lundbeck Foundation in Denmark announced on Thursday that the British researcher Peter Goadsby, Michael Moskowitz of the US, Lars Edvinsson of Sweden and Jes Olesen of Denmark had won the ~1.6 Million US dollar Brain prize. Their research delineated the neural basis of migraine, a neurological condition characterized by throbbing head … Continue reading The #AnimalResearch behind the 2021 Brain Prize

Research with mice heralds a major breakthrough in organ regeneration

March 3rd 2021 America is facing a national organ crisis with over 109,000 men, women and children on the organ transplant waiting list—a new person is added to that list every 9 minutes. Organ transplants have always been complicated due to high organ rejection rates and a limited donor supply; yet major breakthroughs in transplant … Continue reading Research with mice heralds a major breakthrough in organ regeneration

Progress in Parkinson’s disease depends on Primate and other #AnimalResearch

February 24th 2021 Marina Emborg, MD PhD, Jeremy Bailoo, PhD and Doris Doudet, PhD Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease. The population prevalence of PD increases from about 1% at age 60 to 4% by age 80. From 1999 to 2017, the age-adjusted death rate for Parkinson disease … Continue reading Progress in Parkinson’s disease depends on Primate and other #AnimalResearch

Research with mice paves the way for injectable skin cancer treatment

February 11th 2021 Drug delivery with bioadhesive nanoparticles shows exceptional promise. One in five people in the U.S. will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, with the most common type of malignant skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma or SCC, killing 10,000 people each year1,2. Cases of skin cancer are steadily rising, and in fact, skin … Continue reading Research with mice paves the way for injectable skin cancer treatment

Why 40% of Americans are unwilling to get the COVID-19 vaccine

January 26th 2021 TL:DR Vaccines work. Vaccines save lives. Safety and efficacy will continue to be monitored for the life of any FDA approved vaccine. There are reasonable scientific and ethical concerns which remain with respect to COVID-19 vaccines—however, the benefits of taking either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine outweigh the costs of not doing … Continue reading Why 40% of Americans are unwilling to get the COVID-19 vaccine

#FactCheckNeeded: How are mice and rats accounted for in the balance of science, medicine, and animal welfare?

Faulty assumptions lead to faulty conclusions. Jeremy D. Bailoo, Sangy Panicker & Allyson J. Bennett January 12th 2021 A new entry in the seemingly eternal quest for universal adoption of European approaches to the regulation of research animals appeared today in the journal Scientific Reports. The author, US veterinarian Larry Carbone, estimates from a sample … Continue reading #FactCheckNeeded: How are mice and rats accounted for in the balance of science, medicine, and animal welfare?

2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology & Medicine highlights vital role of animal research

October 6th 2020 The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been jointly awarded to Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton, and Charles M. Rice, who have made a decisive contribution to the fight against blood-borne hepatitis, a major health problem that causes cirrhosis and liver cancer in people around the world. Inflammation of the … Continue reading 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology & Medicine highlights vital role of animal research