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Wednesday 29 March 2017
We know that compiling and submitting a grant application is a time consuming process. To help applicants avoid common pitfalls encountered during this process, we have gathered these top tips from our funding team and Panel members! For more detailed advice, take a look at our ‘How to make a successful grant...
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Wednesday 22 March 2017
Promoting high standards of laboratory animal welfare by refining housing, husbandry and procedures is at the heart of NC3Rs’ work. High standards are important not only for the sake of the animals used but also because animal welfare can impact on scientific outcomes, including the validity of animals as...
Press Release
Tuesday 21 March 2017
A new study shows that how mice are picked up by the experimenter can substantially change their behaviour in cognitive tests. The work, by Dr Kelly Gouveia and Professor Jane Hurst from the University of Liverpool, was published in Scientific Reports today and funded by the NC3Rs1.
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Friday 17 March 2017
A new task for assessing memory in humans has been developed by a team at Durham University and published recently in Learning and Memory.
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Thursday 16 March 2017
Six teams have been awarded over half a million pounds of funding in the latest Phase 1 proof-of-concept stage of the NC3Rs CRACK IT Challenges competition*. CRACK IT Challenges brings together industry, academia and SMEs to tackle current scientific questions (‘Challenges’) that have the potential to deliver...
Press Release
Wednesday 08 March 2017
A paper investigating the welfare of laboratory rats is the winner of the 2016 3Rs prize, which is awarded by the UK’s National Centre for the 3Rs (NC3Rs) and sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Rats were the first mammals to be domesticated for research purposes and yet despite being the ‘workhorse’ in many...
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Tuesday 07 March 2017
The NC3Rs has launched a new resource on choosing contractors for animal research, especially for preclinical studies involving dogs and macaques. The PDF presentation provides advice on appropriate animal welfare standards for researchers applying for grant funds from the major UK bioscience funding bodies.
Staff Blog
Thursday 02 March 2017
While 2017 is the Chinese year of the rooster you could say that it is the NC3Rs year of the rodent as we are launching a number of exciting initiatives focusing on the welfare of rats and mice. The reasons for this focus are obvious. Rodents are by far the most common animals used in terms of number, and by...
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Thursday 23 February 2017
A recent review has summarised current and future opportunities to apply the 3Rs in the safety assessment of pharmaceuticals, highlighting scientific, ethical and financial benefits to the industry. This invited publication in the ILAR Journal is part of an issue themed ‘Technology, the 3Rs, and Pharmaceutical...
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Tuesday 21 February 2017
Scientists at the NC3Rs, AstraZeneca and University of Plymouth have conducted the largest survey to-date on the use and care of zebrafish in research. The results are published this week in Journal of Fish Biology and cover anaesthesia and euthanasia methods, housing and husbandry, breeding and production.