Scientists to NIH leadership: Defend mental health research that is under attack

March 5th 2020 Once again, videos of monkeys in scientific research are generating headlines, reflecting the views of groups opposed to the use of animals in research. This time, videos from research aimed at identifying brain circuits involved in mental health studies conducted at the US National Institutes of Health are being misrepresented. Unfortunately, but … Continue reading Scientists to NIH leadership: Defend mental health research that is under attack

#FactCheckNeeded. A closer look at exaggerated claims about US bill and animal research impacts

January 17th 2020 In late December headlines appeared suggesting that the US has passed legislation to significantly compromise the use of animals in federally-funded research. For example: "Federal spending bill includes historic effort to curb government animal tests" -- Washington Examiner “Update: Trump signs omnibus funding package with wins for horses and burros, companion animals, … Continue reading #FactCheckNeeded. A closer look at exaggerated claims about US bill and animal research impacts

Nov 2019 Update: What’s happening with campaigns and legislation aimed at US animal research and testing

We wrote about the legislative efforts and campaigns targeting nonhuman animal research in the US earlier this year. There, we took a broad look at some current campaigns, discussed mechanisms for various types of legislative efforts, and made suggestions for action. Today we look at the current status of legislation we wrote about in July, … Continue reading Nov 2019 Update: What’s happening with campaigns and legislation aimed at US animal research and testing

Opinion or fact? Chimp Haven should provide the public with evidence and data to inform critical decisions about retired chimpanzee health and well-being

Yesterday we wrote about NIH’s announcement that 44 elderly and/or frail chimpanzees would be retired in place at the Alamogordo Primate Facility instead of being transferred to the federal sanctuary, Chimp Haven (CH). The announcement drew a range of responses and media coverage. Responses that were critical of NIH’s decision came from leadership associated with … Continue reading Opinion or fact? Chimp Haven should provide the public with evidence and data to inform critical decisions about retired chimpanzee health and well-being

What’s Happening with Campaigns and Legislation Aimed at US Animal Research

July 7, 2019 Recent campaigns targeting nonhuman animal research in the US have illustrated how strategies and groups that are old, new, and convergences of the two can affect science and the public that benefits from new knowledge and advances in science and medicine. We’ve written about a number of these issues over the years, … Continue reading What’s Happening with Campaigns and Legislation Aimed at US Animal Research

Two Stories that Demonstrate Just How Rare Good Science Reporting Has Become

Over the past week, two national news stories have nicely illustrated the distressing (and at times, depressing) state of science reporting.  The most recent headlines appeared on Wednesday when researchers announced they had developed a method for preventing the brain from rapidly decomposing in the early hours after death. Here’s a link to the press … Continue reading Two Stories that Demonstrate Just How Rare Good Science Reporting Has Become