Mice and macaques pave the way for effective HIV vaccines

There is encouraging news this week on the prospects for an effective vaccine against HIV. A  research team led by Professor Mariano Esteban at the Spanish Superior Scientific Research Council (CSIC) have announced that the vaccine MVA-B elicited a persistent immune response against HIV in  85% of volunteers in a phase 1 clinical trial. MVA-B … Continue reading Mice and macaques pave the way for effective HIV vaccines

Obesity, Smoking and Addiction

Morbid obesity and cigarette smoking represent the two most substantial causes of preventable death in the Western world. According to recent estimates, about 1/3 of all adult Americans are morbidly obese (meaning that their excess of body weight is large enough that it causes illness or disability), and these numbers are increasing; approximately 15% of … Continue reading Obesity, Smoking and Addiction

No Scares for ONPRC Monkeys at Halloween

Well people are always bugging us to include more footage from biomedical facilities - here is something recently released by ONPRC: It was nice to see this story appearing on CNN's iReport. "Last week, monkeys at Oregon Health & Science University’s Oregon National Primate Research Center enjoyed a pumpkin feast.  In what has become somewhat … Continue reading No Scares for ONPRC Monkeys at Halloween

Defending Against the Inaccurate (and sometimes downright false)

Each year, as the rainy season returns to Oregon, so too does another all-too-predictable event: new claims of abuse leveled against my employer the Oregon National Primate Research Center. Nearly every fall, a small animal rights organization called Stop Animal Exploitation Now (SAEN) fuels their yearly “National Primate Liberation Week” with alarming press releases accusing … Continue reading Defending Against the Inaccurate (and sometimes downright false)

“What Drives ‘animal researchers’ Like Me?”

As World Week for Animals in Laboratories (a week of animal rights misinformation) comes to a close, we have a guest post from Nancy Haigwood, director at Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC). This piece reflects well the frustration felt by many scientists about animal rights activists misrepresent the noble cause of scientists who work … Continue reading “What Drives ‘animal researchers’ Like Me?”

CNN Debate on Animal Research

The opening footage for the CNN Blogger Bunch discussion “Is animal testing necessary?” on Wednesday highlighted one of the reasons for a recent increase in public attention and media coverage of the role of animals in biomedical and behavioral research. The scorched front door of a scientist’s home illustrated the kind of “direct action” advocated … Continue reading CNN Debate on Animal Research

Peta – Out with the new, In with the old!

It seems Peta is running out of news lately - so its front page has decided to bring back the story of mistreatment of animals at Oregon National Primate Research Center - a story which turned out to be completely false when the USDA investigated. Want proof? Here's the USDA report giving ONPRC a clean … Continue reading Peta – Out with the new, In with the old!