Animal Free Research UK Patron, actress and celebrated animal welfare campaigner Joanna Lumley, has been made a Dame in the 2022 New Year Honours list for her services to drama, entertainment and charitable causes.
The decision to move the annual event – which was due to take place next week at Birmingham’s Millennium Point – was made after consultation with delegates about the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 Omnicom variant.
Dr Ingber – who helped create organ-on-a-chip technology that has advanced medical research – will receive the specially commissioned accolade during Animal Free Research UK’s international Science Conference in Birmingham next month, December 14-15th, and will give a keynote speech.
A champion of non-animal test methods in toxicity and safety testing, he takes up the voluntary role with immediate effect, and will offer his decades of experience direct to the charity’s CEO Carla Owen and Science Director Dr Jarrod Bailey.
New research carried out by Exeter University and charity Animal Free Research UK has found important insights into the changes that can occur in insulin-producing cells – known as beta cells – in people with diabetes which could help protect them and find new ways to treat the condition.
October 25th marked a significant event for animals in laboratories, as two high-profile petitions about animal experiments were debated in Parliament. One of these resulted from the #TargetZero campaign, which is a collaboration between Animal Free Research UK, Cruelty Free International and OneKind.