The animal research behind the new nasal spray depression treatment

Or, our tax dollars at work! Last week, the FDA approved a new drug for treatment-resistant depression (TRD). The nasal spray version of the drug ketamine, called Spravato (esketamine), is a newly-approved, fast-acting drug, available only with a doctor’s prescription, that could help millions. Did you know that a wide range of nonhuman animal research … Continue reading The animal research behind the new nasal spray depression treatment

New advances in optogenetics a key step towards treatment of neurological disorders

A technique neuroscientists use to view neurons in the brain and to turn them on and off with light, called optogenetics, is a promising strategy that could eventually treat a wide range of disorders, from chronic pain to conditions such as epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. However, scientists using this technique have faced a major hurdle: … Continue reading New advances in optogenetics a key step towards treatment of neurological disorders

Understanding US Annual Reports on Number of Animals in Research

Allyson J. Bennett & Alanna Brownell Psychology Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nonhuman animals play an essential role in our understanding of systems that are key to health and disease in humans and other animals. Basic discoveries about physiological, neural, genetic, immunological, and other systems serve as the foundation for advances in medicine, including treatment and … Continue reading Understanding US Annual Reports on Number of Animals in Research

How transgenic mice are radically transforming science and medicine

by Juan Carlos Marvizon, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, UCLA Many of my scientists colleagues are thrilled about these new techniques. They represent the convergence of decades of work in areas as diverse as molecular biology, protein chemistry, cellular biology, neuroscience, microbiology, virology and animal behavior. They are likely to be applied to humans in the near … Continue reading How transgenic mice are radically transforming science and medicine

Nikos Logothetis is finally vindicated: German court dismisses animal welfare accusations against him

According to an article just published in Nature, the case against prominent neuroscientist Nikos Logothetis has been dismissed by a German court. To recap, in 2014 as reported (here, here, here, here), the campaign began with edited video footage from a member of the anti-animal research group SOKO who had infiltrated the facility by working … Continue reading Nikos Logothetis is finally vindicated: German court dismisses animal welfare accusations against him

Animal research, animal rights, ballot initiatives: Past, present, future?

Among the US election outcomes November 6th was one that attracted little attention relative to the many significant and consequential competitions for local, state, and national legislative offices. Mount Horeb resolution concerning dog and cat research and testing In Mount Horeb, a small community in Wisconsin, ballots contained a binding resolution opposing breeding dogs for … Continue reading Animal research, animal rights, ballot initiatives: Past, present, future?

Guest Post: Save the Bastrop Chimpanzees

This guest post, about research chimpanzees and their transfer to the U.S. federal sanctuary, was sent to us by the group "Save the Bastrop Chimps." Every story has two sides. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) own or financially support approximately 500 captive chimpanzees in the United States. These chimpanzees have been a part of … Continue reading Guest Post: Save the Bastrop Chimpanzees