Evergreen: 2017. Research institutions have a moral responsibility to defend their research programs and scientists

It’s early September, the start of another academic year. Another year in which scientists, particularly those who engage in responsible animal research, will wonder whether their institutions have their backs. I recently was reminded by my university’s public affairs office about its standing policy to not include animals in the titles of science articles, and … Continue reading Evergreen: 2017. Research institutions have a moral responsibility to defend their research programs and scientists

Guest post: How Overeating Changes the Brain

This is a guest post by Professor Juan M. Dominguez and is reposted with permission from his blog at Psychology Today. Dominguez is a behavioral neuroscient and professor of psychology at the University of Texas-Austin. His research focuses on the neural-endocrine regulation of motivated behaviors and associated disorders like addiction; using mating behavior as a … Continue reading Guest post: How Overeating Changes the Brain

What is sentience?

Juan Carlos Marvizon, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA I must confess that I initially disliked the word “sentience”. Maybe it was because for me it carried religious connotations that should not be mixed with science. Or maybe it was because I saw it as a devious way to avoid confronting … Continue reading What is sentience?

Evergreen: 2014. Speaking of Research develops rating system and growing list of animal research websites

In this first “Evergreen” post we revisit our article from 5 years ago in which we announced our rating system and the results of our survey of websites by universities, companies, and health research funders. In that post we describe what makes a good public facing statement and website to share information about animal research. … Continue reading Evergreen: 2014. Speaking of Research develops rating system and growing list of animal research websites

Introducing: Evergreen Posts Series

Speaking of Research (SR) was founded in 2008. Over the last decade, we’ve published posts on a wide range of topics. SR’s committee and guest writers have written about basic research discoveries that advance scientific knowledge and medicine and that depended on animal studies. We’ve written about the laws and regulations, as well as the … Continue reading Introducing: Evergreen Posts Series

Biodiversity helps medical research: Clams and cancer, mollusks and malaria

7/24/19 Although the majority of animal research is done with mice or rats, expanding the biodiversity helps medical research. I have previously written about predatory marine snails in medical research. Here I would like to discuss some other marine creatures. A few weeks ago, I found myself in Cedar Key, Florida; The #1 Producer of … Continue reading Biodiversity helps medical research: Clams and cancer, mollusks and malaria

Great Britain releases 2018 statistics on animals used in research

The UK annual statistics of animals used in research have been released, showing the number of procedures on animals has decreased by 7% to 3.52 million. The UK does not allow the testing of cosmetics or cosmetics ingredients, tobacco research or the use of Great Apes. This research must be undertaken in other countries if … Continue reading Great Britain releases 2018 statistics on animals used in research