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
January 23rd 2020 It’s tempting to say that we live in an age of misinformation, but hasn’t it always been thus? For many years false claims were expressed in books and magazines or orally, in situations where no-one could whip out a phone and fact check what they were hearing. Most of this has just jumped … Continue reading #FactCheckNeeded: What irresponsible journalism fails to mention about the Forced Swim Test
January 21, 2020 The council of Richland Center, a small US city in Wisconsin, recently voted in favor of an ordinance thought to be the first in the country to ban breeding and possession of dogs and cats for research or experimentation within their city. As we wrote last week, there also doesn’t appear to … Continue reading Strategy by the numbers: How to ban dog research and testing in the US and why it would be bad for public health