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Monday 03 October 2016
A paper published recently in Nature Protocols describes a new, non-invasive way to study the transport of molecules in neurons using the fruit fly. NC3Rs David Sainsbury Fellow Dr Alessio Vagnoni, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, has coupled the fruit fly model with cutting edge imaging...
Thursday 29 September 2016
A new publication in the Journal of Toxicological and Pharmacological Methods compares the effect of traditional and modern home pen design on the welfare of laboratory beagles. The study, by Dr Laura Scullion Hall and Professor Hannah Buchanan-Smith from Stirling University, performed in collaboration with...
Wednesday 28 September 2016
The use of food and fluid control as motivational tools for macaques used in behavioural neuroscience research is an area of longstanding interest to the NC3Rs. Typically, performance of correct trials on cognitive or behavioural tasks is rewarded with small amounts of food or fluid. To motivate adequate daily...
Monday 26 September 2016
This October we are partnering with the British Library to host a Talk Science event focussing on the 3Rs.  Run by the science team at the British Library, the Talk Science series is an opportunity for the public to engage with world leading scientists on a variety of topics. On Thursday 13 October a panel of...
Friday 23 September 2016
A new resource, launched this week, shows technical staff and researchers how to handle mice using non-aversive methods. The tutorial is based on research funded by the NC3Rs and BBSRC, carried out at the University of Liverpool by Professor Jane Hurst and Dr Kelly Gouveia1,2.
Friday 26 August 2016
Four NC3Rs-funded scientists have been awarded funding under our public engagement scheme. The researchers will showcase their work through a variety of events taking place in the coming year. This is the second group to benefit from our public engagement awards after the inaugural funding scheme in 2014.
Tuesday 23 August 2016
Millions of laboratory animals are killed each year worldwide, either because their organs or tissues are required, because a humane endpoint has been reached, or because they are surplus to requirements (e.g. due overbreeding or lack of a desired genotype). There are ethical and legal reasons for ensuring that...
Monday 15 August 2016
The 2016 CRACK IT Challenges competition consists of four Challenges identified jointly by the NC3Rs and Sponsors. This year the competition is funded by the NC3Rs, co-funding provided by Arthritis Research UK (“Osteo-chip”) and ESPRC (“Osteo-chip” and “Maximise”) and supported by Innovate UK (SBRI) with in-...
Tuesday 09 August 2016
An Edinburgh based team are archiving stem cells from patients with bipolar disorder so that they can be shared with scientists worldwide to help reduce the use of animals in research. The team were awarded funding in 2011 in the inaugural competition of the NC3Rs open innovation competition CRACK IT...
Friday 05 August 2016
Further funding for new approaches to reduce reliance on animals in research and improve animal welfare will ensure that the UK’s scientific community continues to lead in its commitment to the 3Rs.

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