Yesterday, NIH and Moderna announced the start of a multi-site, Phase 3 clinical trial of a candidate vaccine for COVID-19. This candidate vaccine uses messenger RNA, or mRNA, a “codebook” that cellular machinery “reads” in order to build proteins. For this candidate vaccine, the mRNA contains instructions for building spike proteins found on the coronavirus, … Continue reading Animal models paved the way for Phase III testing of the COVID-19 vaccine
Some often think animal research follows a step-wise trajectory until the research is developed into a human therapy. But the two often continue in parallel. Spina bifida and open fetal surgery are a great example of this process.
April 22nd 2020 The following joint statement is the result of a collaboration between several research advocacy organizations - including Speaking of Research - along with individual biomedical researchers, animal care experts, and university communicators. Research organizations are invited to share this statement by posting it on their own websites or linking to this webpage. … Continue reading Statement in Support of the Global Research Community’s Efforts to End the COVID-19 Crisis
March 5th 2020 Once again, videos of monkeys in scientific research are generating headlines, reflecting the views of groups opposed to the use of animals in research. This time, videos from research aimed at identifying brain circuits involved in mental health studies conducted at the US National Institutes of Health are being misrepresented. Unfortunately, but … Continue reading Scientists to NIH leadership: Defend mental health research that is under attack
February 25th 2020 We have recently called for an end to xenophobia and international bias against scientists. For example, International Bias: Enough is Enough and Speaking of Research Calls for Support of Global Science. An open access article, recently published in the journal Neuron, is an excellent example of how everyone can benefit when the … Continue reading Everyone Benefits When the Global Scientific Community Works Together
February 7th 2020. The European Union (EU) has released “statistics on the use of animals for scientific purposes by the Member States of the Union covering data from three years, 2015-2017”. Before we jump into our fact-based analysis of the new data we wanted to remind our readers of a few important facts pertaining to … Continue reading The EU publishes animal use statistics from 2015-2017
February 6th 2020 There are many reasons a treatment might not be available for patients, but this one from a recommendation by a UK National Health Service (NHS) watchdog shocked us: the £10,000 cost for the treatment is too high to make available to patients with severe depression that might benefit from it!?!?!? Typically where … Continue reading Ketamine antidepressant spray treatment not available for patients…because of cost?
January 27th 2020 Professor Nikos Logothetis, an internationally renowned neuroscientist and director of one of the prestigious Max Planck Institutes, has just announced that he is moving his research program to China and will be joined by several of his colleagues along with their families. Some of you may know Professor Nikos Logothetis because of … Continue reading World renowned neuroscientist and animal researcher, Nikos Logothetis, moves to China