Today's guest post is from Amanda Dettmer, Ph.D., a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. Dr. Dettmer is a developmental psychobiologist whose research examines the early life organization of sociocognitive development in nonhuman primates. She received her PhD in Neuroscience & Behavior from the University of Massachusetts … Continue reading Guest Post. How to Engage with the Public About Animal Research: Society for Neuroscience Panelists Offer Strategies to Scientists During Annual Meeting
Are you among the almost 30,000 neuroscientists are attending the annual Society for Neuroscience (SFN) meeting in Chicag0 this week? Are you looking for a session aimed at building outreach and education efforts for better public understanding of animal research? If so, SFN's Committee on Animal Research has a session today at noon. ME13 ANIMALS … Continue reading Society for Neuroscience Today: Session on Animal Research and Public Outreach
In the last few months, Italian animal rights activists have conducted a campaign against animal research, in particular against primate research. This is despite the important role that primates have played in breakthroughs in stem cell research and neuroprosthetics, among other things. Nonetheless, activists continue to try to claim such research is useless. In particular, … Continue reading Interview with a Primate Researcher
Tomorrow students at the Sapienza University of Rome - Italy's largest University - will join their Professors and members of the campaign group Pro-Test Italia outside the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology to show solidarity with Professor Roberto Caminiti, a leading neurophysiologist whose work is being attacked by animal rights extremists. As with many recent … Continue reading Students in Rome to rally for Prof Caminiti and future of science in Italy
Italian research is in danger. Not only because of those seeking to twist the new EU Directive 60/3010/EU to their own agenda, but also because of a rise in extremism directed at the researchers themselves. Most recently, posters have appeared on the streets of Milan targeting specific scientists. It would appear that animal rights groups … Continue reading Italian Researchers Threatened by Extremists
2013 was a tough year for science in Italy, witnessing the theft by animal rights extremists of animals from a medical research laboratory in Milan and the passing by the Italian Parliament of a law that threatens the future of medical research in Italy. But it has also been the year when scientists in Italy … Continue reading Italians rally behind ill girl threatened by animal rights extremists: #Iostoconcaterina
On Saturday 30th November around 400 researchers, scientists and students met at the Mario Negri Research Institute in Milan, Italy, to take part in the “Io Sto Con La Ricerca” (I’m With Research) Convention, organized by Silvio Garattini, Director of the Institute. This Convention aimed to emphasize the importance of biomedical research to human health … Continue reading Italian science rallies for animal research at the Mario Negri Institute.
At 3pm the organisers of Pro-Test Italia arrived outside the Italian parliament building in Rome. Banners were unfurled, and balloons were blown up in preparation of the many scientists and students who would be attending the second ever Pro-Test Italia demonstration. By 3.30pm, around 500 people had gathered to show their support for lifesaving animal … Continue reading Pro-Test Italia Stand Strong for Research