Last surviving member of Pittsburgh polio vaccine team dies at 96

Dr. Julius S. Youngner, the last surviving member of the team that developed the Salk polio vaccine in the 1950s, died in his home on April 27 at the age of 96. Dr. Youngner, like many scientists, pursued a passion to help people via his love of the scientific method.  His own experiences as a child … Continue reading Last surviving member of Pittsburgh polio vaccine team dies at 96

Device to help stroke patients to recover moves from primates to people

Every year, 15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke, resulting in almost six million deaths and five million people left permanently disabled. It occurs when blood supply to the brain is blocked, or a blood vessel bursts. This prevents oxygen reaching the brain and can cause brain cells to die. Many people who suffer strokes … Continue reading Device to help stroke patients to recover moves from primates to people

Of White Papers And Commentators: The Use Of Nonhuman Primates In Research

Two weeks ago, nine scientific societies, including the American Physiological Society, the Society for Neuroscience, and the American Academy for Neurology, published a white paper entitled "The critical role of nonhuman primates in medical research". The paper, which notes how nonhuman primates are critical to all stages of research, provides a huge number of examples … Continue reading Of White Papers And Commentators: The Use Of Nonhuman Primates In Research

Confusing public agendas: Is it animal welfare? Or an absolutist campaign disguised as a call for “dialogue”?

A recent symposium at the joint meeting of The American Society of Primatologists and International Society of Primatologists focused on questions about the oversight and regulation of the housing, care, and treatment of nonhuman primates in research. Presentations of scientific research that primatologists conduct in order to inform animal care practices are a regular occurrence … Continue reading Confusing public agendas: Is it animal welfare? Or an absolutist campaign disguised as a call for “dialogue”?

National Primate Centre shows off its monkeys

We were sent some wonderful pictures of monkeys (mainly macaques) to share with our readers. Thank you to Kathy West and the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) for these pictures. Images like this play an important part in letting people see the conditions that animals are kept in at their research facilities. These photographs … Continue reading National Primate Centre shows off its monkeys

Explaining Addiction Research

Dr. Larry Hansen, Professor of Pathology and Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego, recently wrote a letter critical of some of our research; the letter was posted to the website of an anti-science organization called “Stop Animal Exploitation Now” and appears to be in support of an anti-animal research demonstration to be conducted … Continue reading Explaining Addiction Research

Loving Animals…While Throwing Humans Under the Bus

Recently, the Sunday New York Times ran cover story on efforts to combat the obesity epidemic and the role of animal research in this battle. It's not surprising that those opposed to animal studies reacted. What is surprising is what they said. The organization which conducted the studies  - the OHSU Oregon National Primate Research … Continue reading Loving Animals…While Throwing Humans Under the Bus

The Limits of Computer Simulations

Following on from the last post about the limits of fMRI technology, we will now look further at the limits of another so called "alternative" - computer simulations. Animal rights groups also argue (Warning: AR website) that advanced computer simulations can replace the use of animals in our research.  This position, again, reflects the poor … Continue reading The Limits of Computer Simulations