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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...
Staff Blog
Thursday 05 January 2017
This year, we have a highlight notice* across all of our funding schemes on the use of human tissues for 3Rs purposes. This is the first time we have had a highlight notice that applies to all of our schemes (from project grants to PhD studentships) and the first time we have had a focus on increasing the...
Staff Blog
Wednesday 21 December 2016
We have written about a huge range of topics relating to the 3Rs in 2016. Here we review the most popular news and blog items published over the past year, including the new series of blogs from our Chief Executive, Dr Vicky Robinson. 1. New video tutorial released: mouse handling made easier A tutorial on...
Staff Blog
Thursday 13 October 2016
Since the inception of the NC3Rs 12 years ago, we have had a programme of work in toxicology and regulatory sciences. The programme has grown substantially in momentum, as the organisation has. Starting with one programme manager working on the acute toxicity testing for pharmaceuticals project, we now have...
Staff Blog
Wednesday 17 August 2016
In her blog this month, our Chief Executive Dr Vicky Robinson discusses our ongoing collaboration with the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), and a new project involving data sharing.
Staff Blog
Monday 08 August 2016
The emotional state of an animal is a key indicator of its welfare and many researchers now use a variety of approaches to better understand the wellbeing of animals, and the impact that good welfare can have on research.
Staff Blog
Wednesday 03 August 2016
A study, published in the journal Cell, describes organoids of colorectal cancer derived from the patients’ own tissue. The creation of organoids, 3D organ-buds grown in vitro that show realistic micro-anatomy, is a technique being investigated across a huge number of different cell types, from the brain to the...
Staff Blog
Tuesday 05 July 2016
In May 2015, we launched a major new resource – The Macaque Website – which complements our earlier website on Common Marmoset Care. The aim of the macaque site is to share information on macaque behaviour, care and use to improve the welfare of these animals in laboratories worldwide. Some 25 organisations...
Staff Blog
Wednesday 29 June 2016
Funding research has been an essential part of our strategy and over the last five years we have committed around £28 million for grants to develop and characterise new 3Rs approaches and technologies. We have also recognised the importance of complementing this with support for 3Rs infrastructure, including...
Staff Blog
Tuesday 07 June 2016
Recently our grant holders spoke in pubs as part of the Pint of Science festival, which took place across the UK on 23-25 May. From London ('Of mice and men'), to Edinburgh ('Building a human being') and Southampton ('Model making: mimicking the body in the lab'), researchers with NC3Rs funding discussed their...

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