This summer, we’ve been visiting our fundraising groups and Community Ambassadors and presenting them with awards to recognise and reward their amazing fundraising and volunteering for Animal Free Research UK.
Supervised by Dr Christopher Rowlands at Imperial College London, Ze Lum is building a test system that mimics a real human eye, to automatically take full diagnostic maps of the retina, to help replace experiments on cats and monkeys.
Supervised by Dr Zaynah Maherally at the University of Portsmouth, Thomas Clark is unlocking the role of pericytes (cells that line blood vessels) in an all-human blood-brain barrier model, to help replace rats and mice in brain tumour research.
Supervised by Dr Nathaniel Milton at Leeds Beckett University, Sheree Smith is researching the replacement of antibodies with non-animal synthetics (nucleotide aptamers) for use in Alzheimer’s disease and cancer research, to help replace experiments on mice.
Supervised by Dr Nick Peake at Sheffield Hallam University, Rachel Sharp is building a physiologically relevant model of fat development during inflammatory bowel disease, to replace experiments on mice.