These babies are why I celebrate Preeclampsia Awareness Month

This is one of my best friends, Karen*. She and I met on our first night in college and have been close ever since. We’ve celebrated birthdays, each other’s weddings, and reunions, and in February I visited her in the hospital -- traveling from Washington, DC, to Seattle, Washington; that’s how good a friend she … Continue reading These babies are why I celebrate Preeclampsia Awareness Month

Winners of 2017 Brain Prize announced – Peter Dayan, Ray Dolan and Wolfram Schultz

The one million Euro Brain Prize, awarded by the Lundbeck Foundation in Denmark, has gone to three neuroscientists for their work understanding the mechanisms of reward in the brain. The winners are: Peter Dayan – Director of the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College of London Ray Dolan – Director of the Max Planck Centre … Continue reading Winners of 2017 Brain Prize announced – Peter Dayan, Ray Dolan and Wolfram Schultz

Device to help stroke patients to recover moves from primates to people

Every year, 15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke, resulting in almost six million deaths and five million people left permanently disabled. It occurs when blood supply to the brain is blocked, or a blood vessel bursts. This prevents oxygen reaching the brain and can cause brain cells to die. Many people who suffer strokes … Continue reading Device to help stroke patients to recover moves from primates to people

Of White Papers And Commentators: The Use Of Nonhuman Primates In Research

Two weeks ago, nine scientific societies, including the American Physiological Society, the Society for Neuroscience, and the American Academy for Neurology, published a white paper entitled "The critical role of nonhuman primates in medical research". The paper, which notes how nonhuman primates are critical to all stages of research, provides a huge number of examples … Continue reading Of White Papers And Commentators: The Use Of Nonhuman Primates In Research

Confusing public agendas: Is it animal welfare? Or an absolutist campaign disguised as a call for “dialogue”?

A recent symposium at the joint meeting of The American Society of Primatologists and International Society of Primatologists focused on questions about the oversight and regulation of the housing, care, and treatment of nonhuman primates in research. Presentations of scientific research that primatologists conduct in order to inform animal care practices are a regular occurrence … Continue reading Confusing public agendas: Is it animal welfare? Or an absolutist campaign disguised as a call for “dialogue”?

Primates in Medical Research – Free Literature

The following post by Richard Scrase of UAR discusses a new free e-book (also available as pdf) which Understanding Animal Research (UAR) and Moshe Bushmitz has produced. It's well worth a download, so please share with friends. How do researchers work with primates? Which species do they use? What has research with primates revealed? How … Continue reading Primates in Medical Research – Free Literature

Speaking of Statistics

We recently updated the statistics page of the website. Here are the highlights: The numbers of dogs used in research was at its lowest rate since measurements began in the 1970s. The current figure is less than 1/3 of its number in the late 1970s. The number of cats used remains at a general low … Continue reading Speaking of Statistics