#MPAR: The #AnimalResearch behind NeuraLink

April 12th 2021 On Friday April 9th, various news agencies (e.g., here) were abuzz with reporting of Elon Musk’s Neuralink. Twitter exploded with comments and re-tweets and the video example has been viewed over 4.7 million times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?app=desktop&v=rsCul1sp4hQ It is obvious that NeuraLink involves animals and it is a clear example of how basic research … Continue reading #MPAR: The #AnimalResearch behind NeuraLink

#AnimalResearch saves non-human animal lives too

March 25th 2021 A recent article in The Guardian highlights the vital role of #AnimalResearch—to benefit not only to humans, but other animals themselves. “At the start of 2021, four orangutans and five bonobos became the first great apes at a US zoo to receive Covid-19 vaccinations. An outbreak in San Diego zoo’s western lowland … Continue reading #AnimalResearch saves non-human animal lives too

#MPAR: Proof-of-concept technique in primates holds promise for paralyzed humans

March 24th 2021 Advanced brain-controlled neural prosthetics require electrodes to be inserted into the brain—which involves significant-risk open-brain surgery that causes acute and chronic local tissue damage—until now. A proof of concept study published in the journal Neuron, using two rhesus macaques, has demonstrated a minimally invasive approach, using functional ultrasound (fUS), for the control … Continue reading #MPAR: Proof-of-concept technique in primates holds promise for paralyzed humans

A thank you and a challenge to our readers

March 19, 2021 “Speaking of Research is getting its message out. The last few months have seen a huge surge in the number of readers of our blog. Alexa Rankings now puts us as the highest ranking dedicated pro-animal-research website.   In 2021 Speaking of Research remains one of the highest ranking dedicated pro-animal-research websites. Over … Continue reading A thank you and a challenge to our readers

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

Reversal of Parkinson’s symptoms by use of brain cell grafts

March 8th 2021 Renée Hartig, PhD Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently published a scientific report detailing an innovative procedure to treat one of the most prevalent neurodegenerative diseases amongst the older population: Parkinson’s disease. This procedure utilized grafts of brain cells to replenish dopamine neurons in the adult brain. Grafts, along with stem … Continue reading Reversal of Parkinson’s symptoms by use of brain cell grafts

The #AnimalResearch behind the 2021 Brain Prize

March 5th 2021 The Lundbeck Foundation in Denmark announced on Thursday that the British researcher Peter Goadsby, Michael Moskowitz of the US, Lars Edvinsson of Sweden and Jes Olesen of Denmark had won the ~1.6 Million US dollar Brain prize. Their research delineated the neural basis of migraine, a neurological condition characterized by throbbing head … Continue reading The #AnimalResearch behind the 2021 Brain Prize