Response to FDA statement on termination of a primate nicotine research study

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  announced yesterday that it terminated a study investigating the effects of nicotine in monkeys.  This announcement, which was accompanied by the release of many records and documents related to the animals’ care, is troubling for many reasons.  Among them, it again raises questions about oversight and decision-making. Nicotine … Continue reading Response to FDA statement on termination of a primate nicotine research study

Is the FDA undermining its own study and the experts it sent to review it?

The American Psychological Association has warned that the FDA may be winding down its own primate study, despite having started-- but not completed, nor made public-- an independent FDA review process. Why the FDA would stop the study before any report has been published will lead many into further questioning the influence that certain animal … Continue reading Is the FDA undermining its own study and the experts it sent to review it?

Speaking of Research Year in Review 2017

It's been a great year for Speaking of Research. Visits to the website rose 30% to break new records in 2017, with more new content added than in any previous year. It is not just web traffic which saw a large rise, our media work also increased in 2017 as we provided comment to outlets … Continue reading Speaking of Research Year in Review 2017

Spain, Estonia and Northern Ireland release 2016 animal statistics

Speaking of Research try to keep on top of the latest statistics coming from governments around the world. This post will look at the 2016 statistical releases in Estonia, Northern Ireland and Spain. Estonia Northern Ireland Spain Estonia According to figures released by the Ministry of Rural Affairs, Estonia conducted 3,726 procedures on animals in 2016, a … Continue reading Spain, Estonia and Northern Ireland release 2016 animal statistics

2017 SFN Attendees: Does your research depend on animal models?

If it does, consider adding this session to your conference plan: What: SFN Animals in Research Panel. How to Effectively Communicate Your Animal Research:  Elevator Speech, Social Media, and Best Practices.  When & Where:  Monday November 13. Noon-2pm. Room 103A Why? (as in, SFN is busy enough, why add a "non-new-science-discoveries-session" to your already packed … Continue reading 2017 SFN Attendees: Does your research depend on animal models?

Jane Goodall and White Coat Waste are wrong about nicotine addiction research

This open letter is from scientists and leaders in the addiction research community.  If you'd like to join the signatories listed below, please do in comments at the bottom of this article. Please also share with others with an interest in research on addiction. Smoking – and nicotine addiction – are sometimes easy targets for … Continue reading Jane Goodall and White Coat Waste are wrong about nicotine addiction research