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!

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!

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