Animal Research
Mice are the most commonly used mammals in medical research. Image © Understanding Animal ResearchMedical 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.

Current Issues

Spotlight on Nonhuman Primate Research

September 7, 2016, NIH held a workshop on “Ensuring the Continued Responsible Oversight of Research with Non-Human Primates.”

OLAW Webinar: Implementing Guidance on Significant Changes: One Institution’s Experience

On September 8, 2016, the NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) held a webinar to share one institution’s experience with incorporating OLAW’s guidance on implementing significant changes to animal activities (See NOT-OD-14-126). The webinar recording, slides, and supporting materials can be viewed on NIH’s website.

UPDATE: Antibody producer settles USDA case, relinquishes AWA credentials

On May 19, 2016, antibody producer Santa Cruz Biotechnology (SCBT), Inc. reached an agreement with the USDA to resolve allegations of numerous Animal Welfare Act (AWA) violations.

Animal Labs

The Evolving Role of Animal Laboratories in Physiology Instruction

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.

Physiologists Support 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.”

Publications

Animal Research: Finding Cures, Saving Lives

Check out animalresearchcures.org for our updated FAQ on animal research, the free PDF, and other helpful resources.

Resource Book for the Design of Animal Exercise Protocols

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.

Animal Research Intro

Regulation of Animal Research in the U.S.

Animal research is subject to a number of layers of regulation and oversight.

Government and Other Oversight Resources

Information on animal research oversight and regulation.

Security

APS Condemns Threats Against Researchers

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 Condemning Animal Rights Extremism

Statements from societies, universities, federal agencies, and others condemning attacks and harassment targeted at researchers.

NIH Preparedness Guide

Advice from NIH on how to mitigate the threat of animal rights extremists.

Public Outreach Toolkit

Symposium Summary: Public Outreach—A Toolkit for Investigators

Highlights from the APS Animal Care and Experimentation Committee EB2012 symposium on Public Outreach.
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