UBC is taking steps towards responsible transparency in animal research by being the first Canadian university to provide information on the total number, species groups, degree of invasiveness and purpose of use of animals involved in research. UBC is also the first Canadian university to release its comprehensive assessment report by the Canadian Council for Animal Care.
The University has released the results of the most recent comprehensive Canadian Council on Animal Care (CCADC) assessment of UBC animal care facilities.
The University is also facilitating respectful dialogue on various aspects of animal research through a special series in UBC Reports and encouraging the campus community to engage in academic discourse on the issue.
John Hepburn, UBC Vice President Research and International, makes the case for animal research in the Vancouver Sun (page A-7).
On January 17 The Province newspaper published a story about proposed research on Parkinson’s disease entitled “Bid to save UBC monkeys from grim death.” UBC has responded to the story with a letter to the editor.
UBC supports neuroscientist Doris Doudet’s research
Animal rights activists occasionally use posters and leaflets to target leading UBC neuroscientist Doris Doudet, a professor of Neurology and a member of the Pacific Parkinson’s Research Centre and Brain Research Centre, who uses advanced imaging techniques in non-human primates to better understand the disease processes involved in Parkinson’s Disease (PD). This work has the potential to become a valuable approach to evaluating new therapies for PD, a disease that has devastating impacts on the lives of millions of patients and their families.
Neuroscience research kicks of World Cup
More than a billion people all around the globe got their first look at cutting edge neuroscience research in action today when a paraplegic youth wearing a thought-controlled, robotic exoskeleton kicked a ball to launch the 2014 FIFA World Cup opening ceremony in São Paulo, Brazil.
The Canadian Council on Animal Care animal use data report for 2011 is now available online. Details of the types of animals used, categories of invasiveness and purpose of animal use are available in the summary report.News
Yeast, cows and GM mice – 2013 Nobel Prize highlights contribution of model organisms in biomedical science
This morning the The Nobel Assembly at the Karolinska Institute awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine jointly to James E. Rothman, Randy W. Schekman and Thomas C. Südhof “for their discoveries of machinery regulating vesicle traffic, a major transport system in our cells”.
“Why I am a Laboratory Animal Veterinarian”
Kelly Walton DVM, a third year student of comparative medicine at Colorado State University, explains why her love of animals led her to a career in laboratory animal welfare.