Juan Carlos Marvizon, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA I must confess that I initially disliked the word “sentience”. Maybe it was because for me it carried religious connotations that should not be mixed with science. Or maybe it was because I saw it as a devious way to avoid confronting … Continue reading What is sentience?
by Justin A. Varholick Ph.D., University of Florida, Department of Biology and UF Genetics Institute Too often we read about new research using mice, rats, non-human primates, and fish. These few categories of animals teach us a lot about biology and how we may intervene to cure or alleviate a human disease. But, what about … Continue reading Biodiversity helps medical research: Predatory Marine Snails
Welcome to this week’s Research Roundup. These Friday posts aim to inform our readers about the many stories that relate to animal research each week. Do you have an animal research story we should include in next week’s Research Roundup? You can send it to us via our Facebook page or through the contact form … Continue reading Research Roundup: Genetically modified babies given “green light”; how cannabis influences hunger and more!
Neuropathic pain is a chronic condition that affects an estimated 6.9-10.0% of people and usually arises from damage to the nervous system. The mechanisms underlying neuropathic pain are complex and different than those causing acute pain and inflammatory pain, thus requiring a different therapeutic approach. Unfortunately, the majority of people with neuropathic pain do not … Continue reading Seeing the Light: Managing Neuropathic Pain with Phototoxicity
Welcome to this week’s Research Roundup. These Friday posts aim to inform our readers about the many stories that relate to animal research each week. Do you have an animal research story we should include in next week’s Research Roundup? You can send it to us via our Facebook page or through the contact form … Continue reading Research Roundup: Considering the bleak future of animal research without primates, heroin vaccine brought one step closer to availability and more!
I find it surprising how often the words pain and suffering are used interchangeably, as it often happens when discussing issues of animal welfare. The concept of suffering has profound implications when applied to both humans and animals, so we should examine carefully what it entails philosophically and scientifically. Let’s consider pain first. When studying … Continue reading The difference between pain and suffering
Kathryn Henley is a doctoral candidate at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She studies pain in animals, currently pigs, trying to understand the different and often subtle signs that animals may be in pain. In this post, she explains why her research is important – both to the development of good animal welfare and … Continue reading Found in Translation: Using a Personal Tragedy to Drive Innovative Research