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Thursday 28 April 2016
We are pleased to announce a new strategic award to Professor Alex Thiele, Newcastle University, for a project aimed at refining the design of cranial implants used in neuroscience studies with macaques, in order to improve the welfare of these animals.
Friday 22 April 2016
The NC3Rs and Safety Pharmacology Society (SPS) have just published the paper ‘Social housing of non-rodents during cardiovascular recordings in safety pharmacology and toxicology studies’. The report, available in the Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods, summarises a survey on current...
Wednesday 20 April 2016
The annual Pint of Science festival will be taking over pubs across the country next month to host evenings where scientists discuss their research over a proverbial pint. The NC3Rs has been participating in the festival since it was launched in 2013. This year we are sponsoring events in London, Southampton...
Wednesday 23 March 2016
A new study has shown that introducing physiologic cues to the in vitro culture of hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs) makes them a more relevant hepatocyte model that can be used in non-animal liver toxicity testing. The paper, published last week in Archives of Toxicology, is the result of a collaboration between...
Tuesday 15 March 2016
A study describes a new method to grow a drug resistant sub-population of cancer stem cells (CSCs) in vitro, providing an opportunity to screen compounds that target these cells using fewer animals.
Wednesday 09 March 2016
Three projects have each been awarded £30,000 seed funding, through the NC3Rs CRACK IT Solutions partnering programme, to support collaborations which will help develop, validate and test technologies with 3Rs potential. The programme links technology developers with researchers and organisations that can add...
Tuesday 08 March 2016
Researchers at the University of York are seeking partners with expertise in mammalian cell culture to develop novel mathematical approaches for in vitro to in vivo extrapolation. Such models developed as part of a suite of tests have the potential to reduce the use of animals in chronic toxicity studies. The...
Monday 29 February 2016
Six teams have been awarded funding in Phase 1 of the latest NC3Rs CRACK IT Challenges competition, a challenge-led competition run in collaboration with the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, using its Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI). CRACK IT Challenges bring together industry, academia and SMEs...
Tuesday 16 February 2016
Fish are commonly used in experiments to identify environmental hazards and pollutants in water. As their gills are in constant contact with the water, they are often the focal point for studies seeking to understand the effects of exposure to toxicants.
Wednesday 03 February 2016
Invertebrates such as Drosophila melanogaster (the fruit fly) are used extensively in research on complex biological processes and disease mechanisms. They have the potential to replace the use of mammalian models in some studies, particularly in rodents, but maximising this opportunity is challenging and...

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