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UBC supports neuroscientist Doris Doudet’s research

Oct. 24, 2014

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.

The allegations made by this group are erroneous. Furthermore, the photographs that have been shown in the past are not of animals under UBC’s care.

The research is supported by competitive, peer-reviewed granting agencies and protocols are carefully and rigorously evaluated according to the highest ethical standards of humane care by UBC’s Animal Care Committee.

Animal models are used only when essential and irreplaceable. Decisions to work with non-human primates are not taken lightly and are done to understand a serious and debilitating disease.

All studies are carried out under the 24/7 care of clinical veterinarians and highly trained animal care technicians and meet the national standards set by the Canadian Council on Animal Care.

For more info, see:

Vancouver Sun column by John Hepburn, VP Research and International

Letter from the Canadian Council on Animal Care

Virtual tour of animal care facilities at UBC:



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