Professor Geoff Pilkington has been appointed the next Chair of Animal Free Research UK. He will succeed Laura-Jane Sheridan who steps down in Spring 2023.
Celia Rodriguez at the University of Aberdeen, is developing a humanised ‘on-a-chip’ system to predict the likelihood of different types of breast cancer spreading. Celia recently presented a scientific poster illustrating her research progress in growing breast cells in animal free conditions at The British Association for Cancer Research Conference.
Sometimes the likelihood of a study being published is affected not by the results, but by the approach of the study. Animal Method Bias falls into this category: it is described as a preference for animal-based methods, which affects the likelihood of a study being accepted for publication.
This pioneering UK Helpathon represents the first step towards the goal of a network of international Helpathons under one umbrella. This would connect collaborators and ideas to each other, helping to create a world where human diseases are cured faster without animal suffering.
A new YouGov survey has found that 77% of Conservative Party members would support the Government helping UK scientists replace animal experiments in medical research with new technologies such as computer modelling and organ-on-a-chip.