Animals in Research: Any Alternatives?
Experts from across the University are leading a public discussion about the use of animals in research at the Edinburgh Science Festival.
The discussion will focus on efforts to find alternatives to animals and progress in refining research to minimise impact on the animals involved.
Animal research has played a vital part in nearly every medical and veterinary breakthrough. Welfare is paramount to scientists using animals in research and the principles of the 3Rs – Refinement, Reduction and Replacement – are at the heart of UK legislation.
Researchers will showcase how University teams are making progress in the 3Rs to improve studies involving animals.
Speakers include Dr Lesley Penny, Director of Bioresearch and Veterinary Services at the University, who will highlight the role of vets and technicians in maximising the welfare of animals involved in research.
Professor Jamie Davies will discuss his pioneering research into growing tiny three dimensional tissue structures from stem cells called organoids, which can be used for research and testing new medicines.
Implementing the 3Rs is a central focus for all those who use animals in research and the University is constantly working to reduce the numbers of animals used, minimise the impact on these animals and develop non animal alternatives for our world-leading science. We are looking forward to sharing these advances with people at the Edinburgh Science Festival.
Professor Liz Patton will discuss how tropical fish are bringing fresh insights into a type of deadly skin cancer called melanoma, helping to reduce the number of rodents needed for research.
Dr Elaine Emmerson will discuss efforts to apply the 3Rs in her research using mice to search for new treatments for patients with head and neck cancer who experience damage to their salivary glands after radiotherapy.
The event is sponsored by the Medical Research Council. Tickets are available here.
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