It’s National Donate Life Month – Thanks to Animal Research!

Look on your driver’s license. Does it have that little symbol indicating you are an organ donor? If so, then thank animal research for making that possible! April is National Donate Life Month, and many people choose to register as organ, eye and tissue donors. Perhaps you know someone who has received an organ transplant … Continue reading It’s National Donate Life Month – Thanks to Animal Research!

Found in Translation: Using a Personal Tragedy to Drive Innovative Research

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

Pioneering non-beating heart transplant success – thanks to animal research!

Yesterday a team led by Consultant Surgeon Stephen Large at Papworth Hospital near Cambridge in the UK announced the successful transplant of a non-beating donor heart to heart failure patient Huseyin Ulucan, the first time such an operation has been performed in Europe. Current practice is for donor hearts are obtained when the donor has … Continue reading Pioneering non-beating heart transplant success – thanks to animal research!

Trial of gene therapy in heart failure launches following success in rats and pigs.

Heart failure is a deadly condition that affects about two out of every hundred adults in the USA, and occurs when the heart is unable to provide sufficient pump action to maintain blood flow to meet the needs of the body. Among the more common causes are heart attacks and hypertension, but less frequently it … Continue reading Trial of gene therapy in heart failure launches following success in rats and pigs.

Liver transplant breakthrough set to save thousands of lives: Thank the pigs!

On Friday the BBC reported that Ian Christie, a man who developed cirrhosis of the liver after being infected with hepatitis C during a blood transfusion 25 years ago, had become the first person in the world to receive a transplanted liver that had been preserved at room temperature rather than being cooled after being … Continue reading Liver transplant breakthrough set to save thousands of lives: Thank the pigs!

Spider silk used to repair nerve damage in sheep

On Friday I discussed some recent developments in use of stem cells to repair spinal cord damage, but central nervous system damage is not the only cause of paralysis; every year many thousands of people become paralysed in a limb due to peripheral nerve damage. A difference between peripheral nerve damage and central nervous system damage is … Continue reading Spider silk used to repair nerve damage in sheep

Shots without jabs: The future of vaccination.

Vaccines make a crucial contribution to public health, saving hundreds of millions of people from deadly or debilitating diseases every year, but it’s also fair to say that getting your shots is not the most pleasant of experiences. It’s not just a question of short term discomfort, many people suffer from needle phobias that can … Continue reading Shots without jabs: The future of vaccination.