April 9th 2021 In February, we wrote about how progress in Parkinson's disease depends on nonhuman primate research. In March, we highlighted another breakthrough in Parkinson's disease, #MPAR, in nonhuman primates. And, in March again, we highlighted a breakthrough procedure in nonhuman primates, for paralyzed humans. Earlier this week, committee member Professor Chris Petkov wrote … Continue reading #Evergreen: Nonhuman primate research gives us otherwise impossible treatments
February 26th 2021 The US has tragically surpassed 500,000 COVID-19 related deaths this week. At this juncture, it is worth reflecting on the historical context that got us here. We have written about the leadership failure and the sidelining of science during the pandemic in the Trump administration. We have also detailed the irresponsible behavior … Continue reading #Evergreen: Is Animal Research Worth the Expense?
February 25th 2020 We have recently called for an end to xenophobia and international bias against scientists. For example, International Bias: Enough is Enough and Speaking of Research Calls for Support of Global Science. An open access article, recently published in the journal Neuron, is an excellent example of how everyone can benefit when the … Continue reading Everyone Benefits When the Global Scientific Community Works Together
January 27th 2020 Professor Nikos Logothetis, an internationally renowned neuroscientist and director of one of the prestigious Max Planck Institutes, has just announced that he is moving his research program to China and will be joined by several of his colleagues along with their families. Some of you may know Professor Nikos Logothetis because of … Continue reading World renowned neuroscientist and animal researcher, Nikos Logothetis, moves to China
Certain government lobby groups, such as the White Coat Waste (WCW) Project, appear intent on casting scientists (the “white coats”) and the importance of their scientific work in a disparaging light. By focusing only on what they refer to as "wasted taxpayer money", they ignore the very real scientific and human health progress that results … Continue reading Is Animal Research Worth the Expense?
June 21, 2019 Recent news about monkey sanctuaries, combined with a couple of legislative efforts narrowly targeted at animals in research at federal agencies, have stimulated media coverage and other discussions about the when, why, and how of research animal retirement. The stories have in common a feel-good and “why not?” flavor. The general subject … Continue reading Monkeys, research, retirement, and public interests: Fact and relevant considerations
According to an article just published in Nature, the case against prominent neuroscientist Nikos Logothetis has been dismissed by a German court. To recap, in 2014 as reported (here, here, here, here), the campaign began with edited video footage from a member of the anti-animal research group SOKO who had infiltrated the facility by working … Continue reading Nikos Logothetis is finally vindicated: German court dismisses animal welfare accusations against him
The scientific community was in shock when one of Europe’s leading neuroscientists, Nikos Logothetis PhD of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, announced in 2015 that he would that he would no longer use nonhuman primates in his research into the physiology of cognitive processes, and that the work of his team would turn … Continue reading Max Planck Society’s actions raise serious concerns about leadership and the future of German neuroscience