Speaking of Neuroscience

All three organizations behind the Pro-Test Petition came together in support of lifesaving research at the Society for Neuroscience this weekend gone. Both Pro-Test for Science founder, David Jentsch, and Speaking of Research founder, Tom Holder, made appearances at Americans for Medical Progress' booth to encourage students and scientists to sign the petition. The petition, … Continue reading Speaking of Neuroscience

Society for Neuroscience 2009

The 39th annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience will take place in Chicago from the 17th- 21st October. During this time some of the greatest minds in medical research will meet at McCormick Place to participate in workshops, lectures and symposia. Neuroscience is one of the fields of science most reliant on animal research, … Continue reading Society for Neuroscience 2009

Working toward a cure for paralysis

We have been pleasantly surprised by the magnitude of the positive responses received from our recent publication in Nature Neuroscience regarding the demonstration of several interventions which resulted in the recovery of well controlled locomotion after a complete spinal cord injury. It has been characterized as a major breakthrough in facilitating the level of recovery … Continue reading Working toward a cure for paralysis

Time to Link up

With over 50% of the search engine market Google is an important tool for any growing outreach organization. Google essentially ranks webpages in its searches according to the links directing towards it. To quote Google: We use more than 200 signals, including our patented PageRank™ algorithm, to examine the entire link structure of the web … Continue reading Time to Link up

Open Letter to Dr. Greek

This is a copy of a letter written to Dr. Greek long ago (July 2003) in response to his request for a written contribution from me.  Everything I say in this letter is the honest truth of what I think now, as I did then, with regard to cognitive neuroscience in the non-human primate.  At … Continue reading Open Letter to Dr. Greek

Federal Agencies rebut Michael Budkie’s misrepresentation of scientific research

On June 1st, Michael Budkie, Executive Director of Stop Animal Exploitation Now! (Warning: AR Website) (SAEN), issued a press release that was picked up by some media outlets, including United Press International (UPI) and USA Today. The press release read in part: The next industry meltdown may be in the nation’s research laboratories, an independent … Continue reading Federal Agencies rebut Michael Budkie’s misrepresentation of scientific research

Graverobbing by Animal Rights Extremists

PAST October 9th, 2004. Present July 27th 2009 - Animal Rights Activists steal the ashes of  Mr. Vasella's (Novartis CEO) mother. The ashes of [Mr. Vasella's] mother, who died in 2001, had been taken from her grave in the eastern Swiss city of Chur, and the message, “Drop HLS Now’’, spray-painted in red letters on … Continue reading Graverobbing by Animal Rights Extremists

The Limits of Computer Simulations

Following on from the last post about the limits of fMRI technology, we will now look further at the limits of another so called "alternative" - computer simulations. Animal rights groups also argue (Warning: AR website) that advanced computer simulations can replace the use of animals in our research.  This position, again, reflects the poor … Continue reading The Limits of Computer Simulations