Animal research has improved health, prevented disease and saved lives of both humans and animals. Life-changing therapies ranging from vaccines and cancer therapies to organ transplants have helped millions worldwide. Many human diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, and arthritis also exist in animals and corresponding veterinary treatments have been based on therapies for humans.
For a timeline illustrating the many medical advances achieved through animal research, visit http://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/your_health/timeline
Sharing the planet with animals sometimes means sharing diseases such as SARS, avian influenza, or swine flu. But it can also mean sharing benefits of animal research.
For example, animals and humans can suffer from different versions of the same disease. Veterinary treatments for diabetes, cancer and arthritis are based on corresponding therapies for people developed through animal research.
Animal activists' terror tactics drive staff out of laboratories
Medical research to develop new drugs is put at risk as workers quit after being attacked and smeared as paedophiles. http://bit.ly/N9kFJb
Amphetamine Spurs Slackers to Work and Workers to Slack — at Least For Rats
Why animal research is more essential than ever
John Hepburn, UBC Vice President Research and International, makes the case for animal research in the Vancouver Sun of Monday, March 12th 2012 (page A-7)
University of Toronto clarifies position on primate research
Nature's Newsblog, a more nuanced description of U of T's commitment to projects involving non-human primates.
Science blogger assesses allegations
Speaking of Research science blogger comments on allegations being made about a recent UBC Parkinson’s study.
Transparency ensures ideals met
UBC's new methods of looking at the ethics of animal research are leading the way to an improved future, says Judy Illes, Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics, in a Vancouver Sun op-ed.
The Ethics of Life, Use and Care is the first lecture in the Bringing the Collective Together: Nonhuman Animals, Humans and Practice at the University thematic series at Green College.
The presentation will focus on questions of ethics that interrogate habits of thought in the humanities and sciences.
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.