Max Planck Society’s actions raise serious concerns about leadership and the future of German neuroscience

The scientific community was in shock when one of Europe’s leading neuroscientists, Nikos Logothetis PhD of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, announced in 2015 that he would that he would no longer use nonhuman primates in his research into the physiology of cognitive processes, and that the work of his team would turn … Continue reading Max Planck Society’s actions raise serious concerns about leadership and the future of German neuroscience

Research Roundup: Zika researchers nominated for public service award, transplanting memories in snails, and more!

Welcome to this week’s Research Roundup. These Friday posts aim to inform our readers about the many stories that relate to animal research each week. Do you have an animal research story we should include in next week’s Research Roundup? You can send it to us via our Facebook page or through the contact form on … Continue reading Research Roundup: Zika researchers nominated for public service award, transplanting memories in snails, and more!

Let’s make it 500 voices in support of openness!

We’ve reached nearly 500 signatures on our Open Letter calling for greater openness in animal research in the U.S.! We will soon be making this letter public and we need your help to show that America's scientific community stands firmly behind openness, transparency, and the importance of animal studies to medical progress. Animal research plays … Continue reading Let’s make it 500 voices in support of openness!

It’s National Donate Life Month – Thanks to Animal Research!

Look on your driver’s license. Does it have that little symbol indicating you are an organ donor? If so, then thank animal research for making that possible! April is National Donate Life Month, and many people choose to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. Perhaps you know someone who has received an organ transplant … Continue reading It’s National Donate Life Month – Thanks to Animal Research!

Basel Releases conference papers on Openness and Transparency

On February 14-15th 2018, scientists, veterinarians, communications staff and administrators from Europe and North America gathered in San Francisco to discuss “Openness and Transparency: Building Trust in Animal Research” at the 5th Annual Conference of the Basel Declaration Society (BDS). We wrote about the first day’s events in a previous post. The outcomes of this meeting included four policy papers, which … Continue reading Basel Releases conference papers on Openness and Transparency

FDA announcement regarding termination of primate study leaves many questions unanswered

On Friday, January 26, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—the agency charged with protecting public health via oversight of food, drugs, and medical devices—issued a statement about its decision to terminate a nicotine research project at the National Center for Toxicology Research (NCTR). The research had been the focus of campaign by an anti-animal … Continue reading FDA announcement regarding termination of primate study leaves many questions unanswered

The Curious Case of Catheter Removals at the FDA

The FDA Commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, made a statement last week that claimed animal welfare concerns had led to his agency’s decision to end a primate research project aimed at better understanding nicotine addiction in adolescents. However, details revealed in the project documents that were also released by the agency last week raise doubts about the … Continue reading The Curious Case of Catheter Removals at the FDA