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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...
Launch of new NC3Rs-ABPI collaboration: Review of the use of the second species in regulatory studies
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.
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...
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.
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.
Wednesday 03 August 2016
A recent publication describes a novel approach to assessing the palatability of new drugs using the amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum instead of rodents. The work was funded through an NC3Rs CRACK IT Solutions technology partnering award.
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...
Wednesday 20 July 2016
Today the Home Office released their annual statistics showing the number of scientific procedures using living animals in Great Britain in 2015. Our Chief Executive, Dr Vicky Robinson, comments:
Friday 15 July 2016
Working in partnership with MedImmune, the biologics R&D arm of AstraZeneca, we organised a workshop to explore how the 3Rs can be used as a foundation for minimising both animal use and drug attrition in oncology research.
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