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Understanding Animal Research

Understanding Animal Research aims to achieve understanding and acceptance of the need for humane animal research in the UK. Includes news, together with information about animal research.

Cage cleaning robot at MRC Harwell
Cage cleaning robot at MRC Harwell 2000/01/01, 01:00
Cage cleaning robot at MRC Harwell
Cage cleaning robot at MRC Harwell
With over 20,000 mice, robots are used to clean and load the cages. See a 360 tour of the facility at www.labanimaltour.org
Training research monkeys
Training research monkeys 2000/01/01, 01:00
Training research monkeys
Training research monkeys
These macaques are trained to interact with humans so that they can take part in research experiments. The aim is for them to remain calm during their work. Training takes time and starts in the breeding centre before continuing in the research facility you see here. Learn more at http://www.labanimaltour.org/oxford
Why do I live so long?
Why do I live so long? 2000/01/01, 01:00
Why do I live so long?
Why do I live so long?
Naked molerats can live for more than thirty years in captivity, far more than than other rodents. What is more they don't appear to get cancer. We don't know why they live so long, but sequencing the naked mole rat genome might give some clues. In this video we hear from Dr Chris Faulkes from Queen Mary, London University. Chris has a colony of molerats in London and showed them to me during our interview. We've uploaded a transcript of the full interview to give you even more insights into naked mole rats and what their unique biology can reveal.<br><br>More information can be found here:<br><br>Naked Mole-Rat Genome Resource: http://naked-mole-rat.org<br>Naked mole rat DNA exposes its age-defying secrets: http://bit.ly/sJKcIF<br>About Chris Faulkes: http://webspace.qmul.ac.uk/cgfaulkes/<br>
Ferrets and Flu
Ferrets and Flu 2000/01/01, 01:00
Ferrets and Flu
Ferrets and Flu
Ferrets catch the flu and exhibit similar symptoms to us so they are used in research to make flu vaccines and to better understand why this disease is so good at making us ill. Here Professor Wendy Barclay of Imperial College London explains their role in her research. The ferrets we see are used to train scientists in how to handle the animals. We could not film the research ferrets because we might have given them a cold!Read more about Ferrets and Flu on our sister website, Animal Research Information: the general role of ferrets in research is discussed here: http://www.animalresearch.info/en/designing-research/research-animals/ferret/and more information about the influenza virus can be read here: http://www.animalresearch.info/en/medical-advances/diseases-research/influenza/ while the latest advances are recorded here: http://www.animalresearch.info/en/medical-advances/research-the-news/influenza/.
Bd: the amphibian plague
Bd: the amphibian plague 2000/01/01, 01:00
Bd: the amphibian plague
Bd: the amphibian plague
Interview with Professor Matthew Fisher (Imperial University, London) about his research on the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis that causes the often lethal disease, Chytridiomycosis in amphibians.<br><br>UAR interviewed Prof Matthew Fisher of Imperial University London about his work on the fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) currently devastating amphibian species around the world. Matthew and his team have been the first to successfully treat infected frogs and their tadpoles. They 'cured' individual midwife toads (Alytes obstetricans) with a dilute solution of a fungicide Itraconazole and after cleaning their habitat in the mountains of Majorca were able to re-introduce the species where they had previously become locally extinct.<br><br>This is the first time amphibians have been successfully re-introduced following an outbreak of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.<br><br>While this method is not an answer to removing the fungus from the wider environment it does make it possible for people to remove threatened species into captivity and maintain them in 'arks' until their descendants can be returned to the wild.<br><br>Read more here: http://www.britannica.com/topic/Bd-The-Amphibian-Plague-2037002<br><br>Download a transcript of the interview here.<br><br>References<br><br>Bosch J, Sanchez-Tomé E, Fernández-Loras A, Oliver JA, Fisher MC, Garner TWJ. (2015) Successful elimination of a lethal wildlife infectious disease in nature. Biology Letters. DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0874<br><br>Fisher MC, Henk DA, Briggs C, Brownstein JS, Madoff L, McCraw SL, Gurr S. (2012) Emerging fungal threats to animal, plant and ecosystem health. Nature 484: 186-194
 Nobel laureate Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi on HIV
Nobel laureate Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi on HIV 2000/01/01, 01:00
 Nobel laureate Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi on HIV
Nobel laureate Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi on HIV
Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi was awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 2008 for the discovery of the HIV - the human immunodeficiency virus that causes AIDS. In this interview she describes the importance of using animals in her research to understand the disease.<br><br>In French with English sub-titles<br>
Testing vaccines against African Swine Fever
Testing vaccines against African Swine Fever 2000/01/01, 01:00
Testing vaccines against African Swine Fever
Testing vaccines against African Swine Fever
A senior technician at The Pirbright Institute explains how pigs are looked after and trained while being used to test a new vaccine against African Swine Fever virus - a deadly disease of pigs and wild boar that has just arrived on the eastern edge of Europe.<br>See more at www.labanimaltour.org
Animal Research Openness Awards Ceremony 2016
Animal Research Openness Awards Ceremony 2016 2000/01/01, 01:00
Animal Research Openness Awards Ceremony 2016
Animal Research Openness Awards Ceremony 2016
Third Openness Awards in Animal Research: Internal or Sector Engagement Award was presented to the Institute of Animal Technology for the development of their Careers Pathway. The Public Engagement Activity Award was presented to the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute for their museum event engaging public audiences with cancer research. The winner of the Media Engagement Award was the University of Leicester for its work with The Sun, which visited the University’s animal facilities to cover a story about how animals are used in obesity research. The website award was given to Manchester University. UAR’s Individual Award for Outstanding Contribution to Openness in Animal Research was presented to Andy Gay. <br><br>http://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/news/communications-media/openness-awards-2016-and-the-80th-stephen-paget-memorial-lecture/
Animal Research: Then and Now; Paget Lecture 2016
Animal Research: Then and Now; Paget Lecture 2016 2000/01/01, 01:00
Animal Research: Then and Now; Paget Lecture 2016
Animal Research: Then and Now; Paget Lecture 2016
Professor Sir Mark Walport presented the 80th Stephen Paget Memorial Lecture (2016) for Understanding Animal Research
Four stories about the brain - Paget Lecture 2015
Four stories about the brain - Paget Lecture 2015 2000/01/01, 01:00
Four stories about the brain - Paget Lecture 2015
Four stories about the brain - Paget Lecture 2015
Professor Colin Blakemore tells four stories about the brain in this 2015 Paget lecture. Colin discussed the importance of animal work, the 3Rs and continual development of experimental design in four different aspect of neuroscience: the cerebral cortex, language, Huntington’s Disease and Stroke. He concluded the lecture by discussing the importance of avoiding a polarised debate about animal research.<br /><br />Stephen Paget founded the Research Defence Society the precursor to Understanding Animal Research, in 1908. <br /><br />The full transcript of this lecture is available here: http://www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk/download_file/2019/174/<br />Previous Paget lectures are available here: http://www.animalresearch.info/en/medical-advances/articles-lectures/<br />This video can be downloaded here: https://vimeo.com/151118322