Public Outreach – A Toolkit for Investigators

That public outreach is an increasingly important part of the scientific life in the 21st century should be news to no-one, and this is as true of biomedical research as of any other field of scientific endeavor. Allyson Bennett has written extensively for us on this subject, highlighting both the benefits of public outreach, and … Continue reading Public Outreach – A Toolkit for Investigators

Speaking Up: Who Does ‘No Comment’ Work For?

It is no secret that activist groups regularly aim for mainstream news coverage by producing sensationalized and misinformed stories about laboratory animals.  Like other topics in science that are generally not well understood, animal research can be a relatively easy target for misrepresentation. This is particularly true when such stories are met with little challenge … Continue reading Speaking Up: Who Does ‘No Comment’ Work For?

Symposium Explores Animal Rights Tactics, Responses

On Saturday April 24, 2010, the American Physiological Society sponsored a symposium on Trends in Animal Rights Activism and Extremism. This event, attended by about 100 people,  was part of the Experimental Biology 2010 meeting, which was recently held in Anaheim, California. In introducing the symposium, session chair Bill Yates noted the importance of animal … Continue reading Symposium Explores Animal Rights Tactics, Responses

Animal Research Cures – There’s even a Website

The American Physiological Society (APS) has developed a new website to help explain the important role animal research plays in modern medicine - http://www.animalresearchcures.org . APS has been at the forefront of biomedical research advocacy, with a clear position statement on the importance of animal research and educational material on their website, as well as … Continue reading Animal Research Cures – There’s even a Website

Speaking of Neuroscience

All three organizations behind the Pro-Test Petition came together in support of lifesaving research at the Society for Neuroscience this weekend gone. Both Pro-Test for Science founder, David Jentsch, and Speaking of Research founder, Tom Holder, made appearances at Americans for Medical Progress' booth to encourage students and scientists to sign the petition. The petition, … Continue reading Speaking of Neuroscience

Ten Thousand Strong for Research

Over ten thousand supporters have signed their name to the Pro-Test Petition (www.raisingvoices.net), which supports the rights of scientists using animals in medical research to conduct their lifesaving research free from harassment. Among those supporting the petition are Nobel Laureates, including David Baltimore and David Hubel1, and members of the National Academy of Sciences and … Continue reading Ten Thousand Strong for Research

APS members come out to support the Pro-Test Petition

Around a week ago we mentioned that the Society for Neuroscience had emailed all its members to support the Pro-Test Petition. Now the American Physiological Society (APS) has followed suit by emailing all its members. Dear APS Colleague, I join with the members of the American Physiological Society Council in urging you to add your … Continue reading APS members come out to support the Pro-Test Petition