Scientific societies express concern about Max Planck Society’s actions

Last week we posted an open letter from scientists expressing concerns and urging the community to speak out about actions taken by the Max Planck Society (MPS) against Prof. Nikos K. Logothetis, the director of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics (MPI-BC, Tübingen). The letter continues to receive comments of concern and support for … Continue reading Scientific societies express concern about Max Planck Society’s actions

Open Letter Regarding the Max Planck Society’s Actions Against MPI-BC Director Prof. Logothetis

 [Note: This letter is from scientists, some of whom are members of the Speaking of Research committee. They include:  Allyson J. Bennett, J. David Jentsch, Juan Carlos Marvizon, Amanda M. Dettmer, Jeremy Bailoo, Marcello Rosa, and Roberto Caminiti. We welcome other scientists and advocates to join us in signing this letter by adding their names … Continue reading Open Letter Regarding the Max Planck Society’s Actions Against MPI-BC Director Prof. Logothetis

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

Germany’s animal research in numbers for 2015

The statistics for animal research conducted in Germany in 2015 were submitted to the European Commission last week. We have summarised the data below. We compare that to the 2014 statistics also available on their website. Germany used 2,799,961 animals in 2015, with an overall decrease (15.5%) in animal use when compared to 2014. Similar … Continue reading Germany’s animal research in numbers for 2015

Germany publishes 2014 animal research statistics

Germany has published in statistics that show the number of animals used for research and testing in 2014. Germany carried out 2,798,463 procedures on animals in 2014, 6.6% fewer than in 2013. The fall in the number of experiments is mainly due to a reduction in the numbers of mice used. There was a significant … Continue reading Germany publishes 2014 animal research statistics

Global Trends in Animal Rights Activism

I note that as I write this post I have no idea how this post will conclude. In order to count the number of global animal rights incidents I began to scan the Bite Back website (warning: AR extremist website) which logs most (all?) incidents of animal rights extremism globally. I found that eight countries … Continue reading Global Trends in Animal Rights Activism

A look at responsible research with monkeys

At the last Pro-Test for Science rally (then UCLA Pro-Test) I was trying to explain opponents of research that the images of bleeding monkeys shown in their signs were either from decades ago or from other countries, not the US or the European Union, and certainly not representative of research at the University of California. … Continue reading A look at responsible research with monkeys