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Celebrating our Outstanding Fundraisers

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.

Summer Student Zhuo Song

Supervised by Dr Yubing Shi at Northampton University, Zhuo Song is using computer modelling to help replace sheep and pig experiments in the clinical study of artificial hearts.

Summer Student Ze Lum

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.

Summer Student Thomas Clark

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.

Summer Student Sheree Smith

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.

Summer Student Rachel Sharp

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.

Summer Student Olivia Knowles

Supervised by Dr Adrian Biddle at Queen Mary University London, Olivia Knowles is identifying a novel cancer stem cell sub-population in melanoma (skin cancer) samples using a new protocol, to help replace the use of mice.

Summer Student Niamh Haslett

Supervised by Michelle Botha at the University of Hertfordshire, Niamh Haslett is developing computer models to predict psychoactivity in new drugs rather than testing in mice.

Summer Student Jowi Guillen

Supervised by Dr Helen Colley at the University of Sheffield, Jowi Guillen is developing tissue-engineered models to study the development of oral cancer, to help replace experiments on mice and hamsters.

Summer Student Jodie Evans

Supervised by Dr Paul Roach at Loughborough University, Jodie Evans is developing microfluidic neuronal cell circuits from computer-aided design through to 3D printing to help replace tests on mice and monkeys.

Summer Student Georgia Ellis

Supervised by Dr Susan Scholes at Newcastle University, Georgia Ellis is developing a pea-protein lubricant to help replace foetal calf serum for the wear testing of artificial joints.

Summer Student Foram Dave

Supervised by Dr Sylwia Ammoun at Plymouth University, Foram Dave is using a human cell culture model to study cells from brain tumour patients and test drugs, allowing a faster ‘bench to bedside’ transition into clinical trials without animal tests.

Summer Student Emma Ewen

Supervised by Professor Nikolai Zhelev at Abertay University, Emma Ewen is reviewing hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (thickening of the heart muscle) research to show that human organoid cultures are more relevant than experiments on beagles.

Summer Student Elisa Ali

Supervised by Dr Ewelina Hoffman at the University of Hertfordshire, Elisa Ali is developing a human in vitro model to help replace rats and mice in pulmonary (lung) fibrosis research.

Summer Student Eamon Faulkner

Supervised by Dr Leonid Nikitenko at Hull University, Eamon Faulkner is developing fully humanised and animal free models to study the role of blood vessel cells in chronic diseases.

Summer Student Domonkos Perenyi

Supervised by Dr Matthew Kitching at Durham University, Domonkos Perenyi is using artificial cell mimics to replace the use of egg yolk in understanding how cell membranes move.

Latest statistics of animal experiments in GB

More must be done to urgently replace animal experiments say leading researchers as Home Office releases annual statistics.

Our new Science Director

We are delighted to announce that Dr Hazel Jackson has been appointed our new Science Director.

How cosmetic surgery can help us beat skin cancer

Professor Mike Philpott explains how his team of expert researchers are helping to replace the use of animals and test potential drugs in human skin, head and neck cancer.

Our new CEO

We are delighted to announce that Carla Owen has been appointed our new CEO. Carla joins us after 10 years at Cruelty Free International where she was their Director of Development, Marketing and Communications.

Get to know our brain tumour scientist, Professor Geoff Pilkington

Animal Free Research UK are funding Professor Geoff Pilkington at the University of Portsmouth to develop better ways of treating patients with brain tumours. We caught up with him to discover more about the scientist behind the all-human brain tumour research.

Sheree starts her scientific career with a conscience

Sheree Smith is determined to start her scientific career with a conscience. She is just one of the next generation of scientists that can begin and live their careers without using animals. This is her story.

We celebrate our scientists, students, supporters and staff this International Women’s day

On International Women’s Day, we hear from some incredible women helping us in different ways to free animals from laboratories for good. With their help we can replace the use of animals in research with human-relevant, non-animal methods of biomedical research.

2018 Summer Studentships and Fellowships Launched

We are very pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 Summer Studentship scheme for undergraduate students and the Alan & Kathie Stross Summer Fellowship scheme.

All-party Parliamentary Dog Advisory Welfare Group meeting

Can continuing animal use in research, including the use of experiments on dogs, be justified ethically and scientifically? We found out at the All-Party Parliamentary Dog Advisory Welfare Group meeting.

Labour’s Animal Welfare Plan

Animal Free Research UK is pleased to see that animal welfare is slowly becoming more prominent in UK political debate, brought into the spotlight today with the release of the Labour Party’s 50-point plan on animal welfare. The inclusion of policy points regarding animals used in research is particularly encouraging.

The Future of Animal Welfare

Would a lab mouse be pro-EU or pro-Brexit? Will Brexit bring us any closer to being able to completely replace animals in medical research? We found out at the Westminster Briefing Conference on ‘The Future of Animal Welfare’.

Meet Liz our 2018 London Marathon runner

Supporter Liz Begg is our only London Marathon runner for 2018.  Read Liz’s story and find out why she is supporting animal free medical research with her ninth and final ever marathon.

Monkey clones born as animal research models

Animal Free Research UK is angered by the news that the first monkey clones have been born for use as animal research models.

Can you become a doctor without experimenting on animals?

Fergus is a vegan medical student at the University of Glasgow, who avoids the use of animal research. We spoke to him to find out more about his experience as an animal free medical student.

Rescued lab rats inspire wedding fundraising

Supporter Roisin McAuley explains how rescued lab rats inspired her to fundraise for Animal Free Research UK at her wedding.

MPs reject inclusion of animal sentience in UK law

We respond to the MP vote against bringing a clause from EU Protocol on animal sentience into domestic law when the UK leaves the EU in March 2019.

Summer Student Nefisa Marium shines a light on vitamin D

Former Summer Student, Nefisa Marium, has made a significant contribution to the publication of a scientific research paper, which shows that maintaining sufficient vitamin D levels may help to prevent the onset of inflammatory diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis. – new serum-free database

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Home Office Statistics Announcement 2017

The Home Office today announced the latest numbers on the scientific procedures performed on live animals in Great Britain in 2016. The total number of procedures performed went down from 2015 by 5% to 3.94 million procedures. This included 4,932 procedures on 3,530 dogs, 3,569 procedures on 2,440 primates. 3.87 million animals were used overall.

Jump 10,000 ft for animals!

Take on an awe-inspiring skydive, just like 70 year old supporter Andrew did. Raise funds to help get animals out of the lab, celebrate World Animal Day and show animals that you care!

Maw the Magnificent

Running the marathon to support animal free research and investment in ethical, rigorous and evidence based science.

Dr Hadwen Trust becomes Animal Free Research

On Monday 3 April 2017 we officially changed from the Dr Hadwen Trust to the working name of Animal Free Research UK.

Steph’s sponsored slim

As well as coordinating the fundraising group in Bude and raising A LOT of funds for us as a group, Steph Jones-Giles has personally raised £4,000 for our heart research!

Launch of the Alliance for Human Relevant Science

On 8th February 2017, Safer Medicines Trust, Dr Hadwen Trust, Kirkstall, Cyprotex and CN Bio Innovations launched the Alliance for Human Relevant Science in the House of Commons.

The Animal Replacement Centre of Excellence (The ARC)

The highly respected Downton Abbey actor, Peter Egan, who is a Patron of the Dr Hadwen Trust, launched The Animal Replacement Centre of Excellence (The ARC) on October 24th 2016.

Funding to help the dead give life through new clinical training and device testing

We are delighted to announce we have awarded a grant amounting to £311K to support the University of Dundee’s pioneering work with Thiel embalmed human cadavers.