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Making refinements a reality – why we can be proud

Animal technician Joanne King shares some of the refinements the University of Dundee's Medical School Resources Unit has put into practice over the last 18 months and how they've made a difference.

Professor Kevin Shakesheff appointed as NC3Rs Board Chair

Expert tissue engineer and pharmacist is the new Chair of the NC3Rs Board.


Repeated immobilisation and subcutaneous injection do not reverse the positive effects of tunnel handling mice

NC3Rs-funded research shows the method used to pick up mice has a greater influence on their anxiety than subsequent procedures.

Changing mouse handling practice at a university establishment: an NTCO's perspective

Lesley Gilmour, NTCO at the University of Glasgow, shares her experience of implementing refined mouse handling across the institution.

16 new NC3Rs-funded PhD Studentships awarded

The awards, totalling £1.44 million, will embed the 3Rs in the training of early career researchers across a range of disciplines.

£1.75 million awarded to deliver the 2018 CRACK IT Challenges

Two teams have been awarded funding to deliver Phase 2 of the 2018 CRACK IT Challenges competition. 

CRACK IT 2020: Call for Challenges

Could your organisation sponsor the next CRACK IT Challenge to improve R&D and reduce reliance on animal models?

Highlights from the 2019 NC3Rs/IAT Animal Technicians’ Symposium

Read summaries of three of this year's talks, delivered by experts in laboratory animal welfare and refinement, and find out the winners of the technicians' poster prize.

Minimising aggression in group-housed male mice

The results of our crowdsourcing study to understand and minimise aggression in male mice are published in Scientific Reports.

Applying the 3Rs in drug development: Improving delivery of innovative treatments to patients

Read about our recent workshop highlighting how we support the pharmaceutical industry to develop new 3Rs approaches.

Read our reports from international NC3Rs toxicology symposia

The two reports highlight how the 3Rs are being advanced in drug development internationally, as well as the progress of adopting non-animal methods for acute toxicity testing.