Why nonhuman primates are essential for addressing Alzheimer’s disease and women’s health issues

May 20th 2021Agnès Lacreuse, PhD Our world is aging at an unprecedented rate. The number of older people is projected to double every 20 years, and reach about 17% of the total population by 2050. These figures are alarming, as age is the primary risk factor for developing devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). … Continue reading Why nonhuman primates are essential for addressing Alzheimer’s disease and women’s health issues

Advances from Animal Research: AIDS and Zika Vaccines Update

April 19th, 2021Professor Christopher Petkov Although we have been focusing on updates on Covid-19 vaccines and their reliance on research with nonhuman animals including primates (as an example post see here), two other developments focusing on treatments for AIDS and Zika fever have caught our eye. These fall under the topic #MPAR, Made Possible by … Continue reading Advances from Animal Research: AIDS and Zika Vaccines Update

One step closer to treating spinal cord injury with our own stem cells

March 15th 2021 Justin Varholick, PhD Recently,  a team of scientists from Yale University and Sapparo Medical University in Japan treated spinal cord injury patients with their own bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), increasing their ability to walk and use their hands. Previous to the treatment, 13 patients had sustained falls or minor … Continue reading One step closer to treating spinal cord injury with our own stem cells

Research with mice heralds a major breakthrough in organ regeneration

March 3rd 2021 America is facing a national organ crisis with over 109,000 men, women and children on the organ transplant waiting list—a new person is added to that list every 9 minutes. Organ transplants have always been complicated due to high organ rejection rates and a limited donor supply; yet major breakthroughs in transplant … Continue reading Research with mice heralds a major breakthrough in organ regeneration

Progress in Parkinson’s disease depends on Primate and other #AnimalResearch

February 24th 2021 Marina Emborg, MD PhD, Jeremy Bailoo, PhD and Doris Doudet, PhD Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease. The population prevalence of PD increases from about 1% at age 60 to 4% by age 80. From 1999 to 2017, the age-adjusted death rate for Parkinson disease … Continue reading Progress in Parkinson’s disease depends on Primate and other #AnimalResearch

#AnimalResearchSavesLives: Work on vaccine to COVID-19 coronavirus begins

January 29th 2020 Update: *April 3, 2020. This post was updated to reflect current findings on "the missing link" for SARS-CoV-2 transmission between bats and humans. The first reports of a new virus spreading throughout Wuhan, China began in late December 2019. Since then the virus has continued to spread throughout China and beyond, with … Continue reading #AnimalResearchSavesLives: Work on vaccine to COVID-19 coronavirus begins