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Part of our mission at Animal Free Research UK is to inspire and support scientists. We want to train a new generation of scientists who are excited to develop animal free techniques and create a step change in the culture of research.


Having completed a postdoc fellowship at Oxford University funded by Animal Free Research UK, Amanda, a neuroscientist who has been in the field for over 20 years, is now on our board of trustees to help champion human relevant science.


In May, in partnership with Kirkstall Ltd, we launched a call for proposals from scientists centered around the use of innovative organ-on-a-chip technology. Together, we are providing cutting edge organ-on-a-chip systems to researchers without charge, to target solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Living our values

Our charity is firmly rooted in the social justice movement. We believe that experiments on animals are ethically unjustified and that pioneering animal free research provides the best chance of finding treatments for human diseases. We want to change the world for the better – to benefit both people and animals.

3.4% decrease in animal experiments is wasted opportunity as COVID-19 forces change to medical testing regime

Animal Free Research UK has today condemned yet another wasted opportunity to make real progress with a decrease of just 3.4% in experiments on animals in GB laboratories in 2019, announced by the Home Office this morning.

A call to accelerate human-focussed medical research

We are calling for a change of mindset and a clear timetable for regulatory change to enable accelerated development of medicines which are likely to be safer, more effective and cheaper, without the use of animals.

COVID-19 Open Letter

Animal Free Research UK is one of almost 100 leading experts this week calling for advanced animal free research methods to be prioritised to accelerate the discovery of effective vaccines and treatments for COVID-19.

Organs-on-a-chip for COVID-19

We all want to do our bit to help the COVID-19 effort, which is why I’m proud to announce a new partnership between the company I founded, Kirkstall Ltd, and Animal Free Research UK.  Together we are today launching a call for proposals from UK scientists centred around the use of innovative organ-on-a-chip technology. 

Why a new COVID-19 diagnostic test is urgently needed 

We are in the midst of a major pandemic with COVID-19. Such major outbreaks seem to occur about every 200 years, although in recent years we have experienced a number of epidemics based largely around mutation of viruses.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Paradox

Utilising human relevant test subjects – i.e. people – in the fight for a COVID-19 vaccine sets a powerful precedent for testing treatments where the components of technology and resultant medicines have already been established as safe in humans.

COVID-19: A horizon of hope 

As COVID-19 continues to rampage across the world threatening our health, economy and traditions, we find ourselves in a time of unprecedented uncertainty and complexity.

Accelerating the Growth of Human Relevant Life Sciences in the UK

The Alliance for Human Relevant Science, of which Animal Free Research UK is a founding member, has today called for a fresh approach to biomedical research and drug discovery.

Changing the debate on animal research

Animal research has long been a controversial issue: the debate is emotive and highly divisive, yet it has done little to capture the public imagination in the way that other social justice movements, such as Climate Change and #MeToo, have managed to achieve.

Q&A with Hayley McMillan, chronic pain researcher

PhD student Hayley is part of the research team at Queen’s University Belfast looking at chronic pain using a model made from dental pulp.

Ground-breaking diabetes research published

Our researchers at Exeter University have published their revolutionary new study into diabetes.

Q&A with Kerri Palmer, breast cancer researcher

PhD student Kerri is working hard to find better ways to prevent breast cancer thanks to your generous donations. We caught up with her during our visit to Aberdeen to see how she’s getting on.

Q&A with Nicola Jeffery, diabetes researcher

With your support, Dr Nicola Jeffery was awarded her PhD in December by studying diabetes using animal free techniques. We caught up with her over a cup of coffee to see how she is settling in to her new research project.

Coming soon: New funding to develop human relevant methods to fight human disease

We’re delighted to announce we’ll be opening our next grant call on 3 June 2019.

Cloning monkeys is a step backwards for medical research

Animal Free Research UK is deeply disappointed by today’s news that yet more monkeys are being needlessly cloned for medical experiments.

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.

Animal experiments in GB: 2017 statistics

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.