Join us at the 5th International Conference of the Basel Declaration Society in February 2018

The 5th International conference of the Basel Declaration Society, focused on “Openness and Transparency: Building Trust in Animal Research” will take place in San Francisco on the 14th - 15th February 2018. Four Speaking of Research committee members will be involved as speakers or workshop leaders – Allyson Bennett (also University of Wisconsin), Paula Clifford … Continue reading Join us at the 5th International Conference of the Basel Declaration Society in February 2018

The antivivisection movement and how to stand up to it

In April 2014 Speaking of Research founder, Tom Holder, published a paper in EMBO reports looking at the structure and motivations of antivivisection groups and organizations, as well as how he got involved in defending animal research. Now, a year after its publication, this article is free-to-view online, or as a pdf. We are reproducing … Continue reading The antivivisection movement and how to stand up to it

The Structure and Motivations of Antivivisection Organizations and Activists

I recently published a paper in EMBO reports (available free online for a few more weeks) which (among other things) looked at the factors influencing the animal rights movement, causing it to wax and wane over time. Firstly I separated animal rights groups into two general types using the term "antivivisection" to separate the "anti-research" … Continue reading The Structure and Motivations of Antivivisection Organizations and Activists

This House Does Not Believe Animal Research is a Moral Hazard

A lively debate at the Trinity College Dublin Philosophical Society on Thursday rejected the motion that "This House Believes that Animal Testing is a Moral Hazard". Speaking of Research founder, Tom Holder, joined three students in explaining both the moral and scientific case for the continued use of animals in medical research. In opposition was … Continue reading This House Does Not Believe Animal Research is a Moral Hazard

How to Build an Action Network for Science

Across the world individuals and organisations misrepresent science for their own end. Such misinformation has been seen in the MMR vaccine-autism debate, the questions over the GM foods, and the causes and effects of climate change. More recently, a confused Republican Senate Nominee, Todd Akin, claimed that "the female body has ways to try and … Continue reading How to Build an Action Network for Science

Amblyopia, kittens and BUAV’s deception

Normal vision relies on healthy eyes, retinas, and their proper wiring of the brain structures that process visual information.  Light which enters the eye is sensed by photoreceptors on the retina.  The information is then transmitted via the optic nerve to the lateral geniculate nucleus and from there to the first stage of cortical visual … Continue reading Amblyopia, kittens and BUAV’s deception

The Speaker’s Corner Trust Debate

The Speakers' Corner Trust  --  a charity organization that promotes free expression, public debate and active citizenship -- recently organized a debate on the role of animals in research. Michelle Thew of the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection (BUAV) debated Tom Holder of Speaking of Research. In her opening remarks Ms. Thew compared … Continue reading The Speaker’s Corner Trust Debate