Medical research involving animals is beneficial to both humans and other animals. Certain kinds of questions can only be answered through animal studies. This section provides background and analysis of both animal research in general and specific animal research issues.
On March 11, 2014, OLAW published a request for comments on proposed guidance about what constitute “significant” changes to ongoing animal research activities. APS urged that a proposed revision to the guidance be revised to avoid “increas[ing] administrative burden rather than reduc[ing] it.”
Biomedical research with captive chimpanzees should be allowed to continue, the American Physiological Society said in comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This was the central tenet of the APS response to a proposal that would classify captive chimpanzees as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.
A group of Italian scientists is seeking to draw attention to recently-approved legislation that could severely restrict animal research in that country.
Published in Advances in Physiology Education
, this article provides historical perspective review on animal teaching laboratories in medical education, including an evaluation of the methodologies and conclusions of several studies sometimes cited by those who oppose of live animal labs.
Many prominent educators in the field of physiology recognize the value of animal laboratories, praising the value of these exercises for “direct experience, insight, and learning” and their “enormous educational merit and benefit.”
Animal research is subject to a number of layers of regulation and oversight.
Information on animal research oversight and regulation.
The American Physiological Society condemns all acts of violence or intimidation against individuals engaged in legitimate scientific inquiries intended to advance knowledge and improve health.
Statements from societies, universities, federal agencies, and others condemning attacks and harassment targeted at researchers.
Advice from NIH on how to mitigate the threat of animal rights extremists.
Highlights from the APS Animal Care and Experimentation Committee EB2012 symposium on Public Outreach.
Check out animalresearchcures.org
for our updated FAQ on animal research, the free PDF, and other helpful resources.
APS’s Resource Book for the Design of Animal Exercise Protocols
offers suggestions for how to design, review, and implement experimental paradigms
involving animals and exercise.