Veteran speaks up for the importance of allowing canine research to continue at the VA Medical Center

On July 26, 2017, the House of Representatives passed an amendment (proposed by Rep. Brat) to a spending bill that would ban all medical research at the Department of Veterans Affairs that could cause pain to dogs. The spending bill itself has not yet passed, however if such a bill was to be passed with the … Continue reading Veteran speaks up for the importance of allowing canine research to continue at the VA Medical Center

Pioneering non-beating heart transplant success – thanks to animal research!

Yesterday a team led by Consultant Surgeon Stephen Large at Papworth Hospital near Cambridge in the UK announced the successful transplant of a non-beating donor heart to heart failure patient Huseyin Ulucan, the first time such an operation has been performed in Europe. Current practice is for donor hearts are obtained when the donor has … Continue reading Pioneering non-beating heart transplant success – thanks to animal research!

Peritoneal Carcinosis and HIPEC: A second chance for patients, thanks to animal research

When we hear the phrase 'animal research' we tend to think about the development of new drugs for the clinical practice, or studying molecular pathways involved in the progression of disease; but we must also remember that the techniques used in the operation room are a consequence of biomedical research, including the use of animals. … Continue reading Peritoneal Carcinosis and HIPEC: A second chance for patients, thanks to animal research

Paralysed dogs walk again thanks to nasal cell transplants…and Professor Raisman’s rats.

This morning the BBC News carried a report on a medical breakthrough – and it is not a term  I use lightly – that has enormous implications for people who have been paralysed following spinal cord injuries.  A team at the University of Cambridge led by Professor Robin Franklin  Department of Veterinary Medicine, along with colleagues … Continue reading Paralysed dogs walk again thanks to nasal cell transplants…and Professor Raisman’s rats.

Lasker Awards 2012: How animal research empowered the pioneers of liver transplantation

As a medical student in 1950 one of my patients was a boy of my age dying of kidney failure and I was instructed to make him comfortable for he would be dead in two weeks. I asked if he could have a graft of a kidney and I was told "no" and then when … Continue reading Lasker Awards 2012: How animal research empowered the pioneers of liver transplantation

Dogs in Medical Research

A video clip from Understanding Animal Research, a UK organisation which tries to tackle some of the misunderstandings about animal research. This kind of open advocacy which allows people to see the conditions of animals in labs is an important step in winning and keeping public support for lifesaving medical research. Notice the use of … Continue reading Dogs in Medical Research