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Staff Blog
Tuesday 12 April 2016
They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But what about scientists and new procedures?
Staff Blog
Wednesday 06 April 2016
We are launching a new series of monthly blog posts by our Chief Executive, Dr Vicky Robinson. In her first blog she focuses on the growing interest in the issues surrounding experimental design, arguably the most important aspect of any scientific study. The design, analysis and reporting of animal research...
Staff Blog
Tuesday 29 March 2016
A study published in Nature reported the creation of brain organoids that mimic the developing human cerebrum for the very first time. One of the authors, Dr Madeline Lancaster, who now works at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, has recently won the annual NC3Rs 3Rs Prize for this work.
Staff Blog
Friday 18 March 2016
The work of the NC3Rs is increasingly international. We continue to maintain our focus as the UK’s national centre on the 3Rs, but as our portfolio of office-led data sharing activities has grown, so too has the number of overseas partners that we collaborate with. More than half of the pharmaceutical and...
Staff Blog
Thursday 18 February 2016
A new e-learning training package designed to help researchers and animal care staff identify signs of good and poor welfare in laboratory animals has been launched online. The free resource, developed by Professor Paul Flecknell and his team at Newcastle University, is the second e-learning module to be...
Staff Blog
Thursday 11 February 2016
Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is one of the biggest challenges facing the cattle farming industry in the UK. Here we describe how current animal models of bovine tuberculosis have been identified as a major bottleneck to progress by scientists working in the field, and how the NC3Rs is working with other funders to...
Staff Blog
Thursday 04 February 2016
The ARRIVE guidelines were launched in 2010, and since their publication the scientific community have been using the guidelines to improve the reporting of animal research. Figures published today in Nature reflect the growing support from journals; see Nature Trend Watch ‘Surge in support for animal-research...
Guest Blog
Wednesday 09 December 2015
Dr Daniel Adams (pictured below), University of California San Francisco, describes the latest resource from the NC3Rs aimed at refining neuroscience experiments using non-human primates – the Chronic Implants Wiki – and why a wiki format was chosen.
Guest Blog
Monday 16 November 2015
With the deadline for this year’s 3Rs Prize nominations approaching, we got in touch with 2014 winner, Dr Oliver Britton from University of Oxford, to discuss his experience of the process, winning and his year since. Dr Britton was the first PhD student to win the prize, for his work under the supervision of...
Staff Blog
Tuesday 10 November 2015
Today sees the publication of a roadmap on non-animal technologies (NATs) which has been jointly developed by six organisations – Innovate UK, the NC3Rs, BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC and Dstl. Here Dr Vicky Robinson the NC3Rs Chief Executive describes the background to the roadmap.

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