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

Big Questions, but few answers from opponents of animal research

A recent edition of the BBC1 Program called “The Big Questions” offered a brief debate on animal research. Among those discussing the issues was SR's founder, Tom Holder. Within this post we will discuss some of the many issues which were touched upon, but barely explored in this brief debate. Some of the questions centered … Continue reading Big Questions, but few answers from opponents of animal research

Tom Holder to Debate on the BBC’s Big Questions

Tom Holder, founder of Speaking of Research, will debate the question "Is Animal Testing Ever Justified?" on the BBC1's The Big Questions. The show is live on Sunday at 10am GMT (BBC1 - UK Channel). The panellists speaking on the show, hosted by Nicky Campbell, include - Supporting animal research: - Tom Holder, founder of … Continue reading Tom Holder to Debate on the BBC’s Big Questions

Tom talks nerdy to Cara Santa Maria about monkeys, prosthetic hands and brain machine interfaces.

Speaking of Research founder Tom Holder was  recently interviewed by the Huffington Post’s new science correspondent Cara Santa Maria for her blog “Talk Nerdy To Me” . In her latest post Cara examines whether research performed on monkeys by a Chinese group with the aim of developing improved brain-machine interface technology to control a prosthetic … Continue reading Tom talks nerdy to Cara Santa Maria about monkeys, prosthetic hands and brain machine interfaces.

Global Trends in Animal Rights Activism

I note that as I write this post I have no idea how this post will conclude. In order to count the number of global animal rights incidents I began to scan the Bite Back website (warning: AR extremist website) which logs most (all?) incidents of animal rights extremism globally. I found that eight countries … Continue reading Global Trends in Animal Rights Activism

Help Defend Research: Apply for the Michael D Hayre Fellowship

Our colleagues at Americans for Medical Progress are taking applications for the Michael D. Hayre Fellowship in Public Outreach. In 2008 I became the Inaugural Fellow, using the opportunity advance public understanding of medical research through Speaking of Research (which was joinly supported by AMP and Pro-Test). I would recommend anyone interested in defending lifesaving … Continue reading Help Defend Research: Apply for the Michael D Hayre Fellowship

Using Animals For Animals – Emma’s Story

The Foundation for Biomedical Research recently released a great video which shows how animal research can help animals. The video briefly describes how treatment for bilateral cranial cruciate ligament tears was developed through animal research. It is also worth noting that the surgical processes, developed through animal research, currently are in use helping both humans … Continue reading Using Animals For Animals – Emma’s Story