The animal research behind the new nasal spray depression treatment

Or, our tax dollars at work! Last week, the FDA approved a new drug for treatment-resistant depression (TRD). The nasal spray version of the drug ketamine, called Spravato (esketamine), is a newly-approved, fast-acting drug, available only with a doctor’s prescription, that could help millions. Did you know that a wide range of nonhuman animal research … Continue reading The animal research behind the new nasal spray depression treatment

Understanding US Annual Reports on Number of Animals in Research

Allyson J. Bennett & Alanna Brownell Psychology Department, University of Wisconsin-Madison Nonhuman animals play an essential role in our understanding of systems that are key to health and disease in humans and other animals. Basic discoveries about physiological, neural, genetic, immunological, and other systems serve as the foundation for advances in medicine, including treatment and … Continue reading Understanding US Annual Reports on Number of Animals in Research

Speaking of Research Year in Review 2018

It's been a great year for Speaking of Research. Visits to the website rose 6% to break new records in 2018, with more new content added than in any previous year. It is not just web traffic which saw an increase, our media work also increased in 2018, as we worked closely with outlets including … Continue reading Speaking of Research Year in Review 2018

Nikos Logothetis is finally vindicated: German court dismisses animal welfare accusations against him

According to an article just published in Nature, the case against prominent neuroscientist Nikos Logothetis has been dismissed by a German court. To recap, in 2014 as reported (here, here, here, here), the campaign began with edited video footage from a member of the anti-animal research group SOKO who had infiltrated the facility by working … Continue reading Nikos Logothetis is finally vindicated: German court dismisses animal welfare accusations against him

Animal research, animal rights, ballot initiatives: Past, present, future?

Among the US election outcomes November 6th was one that attracted little attention relative to the many significant and consequential competitions for local, state, and national legislative offices. Mount Horeb resolution concerning dog and cat research and testing In Mount Horeb, a small community in Wisconsin, ballots contained a binding resolution opposing breeding dogs for … Continue reading Animal research, animal rights, ballot initiatives: Past, present, future?

NIH announces final decisions to relocate chimpanzees

The National Institutes of Health recently announced its final decisions about moving the remaining 180 chimpanzees it owns to the US federal sanctuary, Chimp Haven. The Louisiana sanctuary was founded in 1995 as a nonprofit led by primate behavioral researcher Dr. Linda Brent and others. Brent served as Chimp Haven’s President for 17 years until … Continue reading NIH announces final decisions to relocate chimpanzees

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