The American Psychological Association has warned that the FDA may be winding down its own primate study, despite having started-- but not completed, nor made public-- an independent FDA review process. Why the FDA would stop the study before any report has been published will lead many into further questioning the influence that certain animal … Continue reading Is the FDA undermining its own study and the experts it sent to review it?
This open letter is from scientists and leaders in the addiction research community. If you'd like to join the signatories listed below, please do in comments at the bottom of this article. Please also share with others with an interest in research on addiction. Smoking – and nicotine addiction – are sometimes easy targets for … Continue reading Jane Goodall and White Coat Waste are wrong about nicotine addiction research
Professor David Jentsch is a highly respected UCLA neuroscientist who specialises in the study of addiction, one of the most widespread and serious medical problems in our society today. Sadly, by devoting his career to finding out how to better treat a condition that ruins – and all too often ends – many millions of … Continue reading Understanding addiction: NIDA article highlights contribution of animal research
A common argument heard against the use of animals in research is that animals do not naturally suffer from the same conditions as humans do. Thus, the argument goes, it makes no sense to study human disease in animals. However, my UCLA colleagues Barbara Natterson-Horowitz MD and Kathryn Bowers, authors of Zoobiquity, explain that the opposite is … Continue reading Do animals suffer from human diseases?
Dr. Larry Hansen, Professor of Pathology and Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego, recently wrote a letter critical of some of our research; the letter was posted to the website of an anti-science organization called “Stop Animal Exploitation Now” and appears to be in support of an anti-animal research demonstration to be conducted … Continue reading Explaining Addiction Research
To mark the 10th anniversary of the sequencing of the human genome the BBC aired a documentary yesterday evening entitled “Miracle cure: a decade of the human genome” that can be viewed on the BBC iPlayer. It was an enjoyable look at what has been accomplished since the famous announcement at the White House in … Continue reading The First Decade of the Human Genome: What’s on the Horizon?
As a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at UCLA, my students, colleagues around the University and I are engaged in an endeavor to improve the quality of life of individuals who suffer from major mental disorders. As committed as we are to making tangible progress towards improving the prognosis and welfare of people suffering from … Continue reading David Jentsch speaks about his research