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Home Office animal welfare stakeholder meeting

As part of its policy of collaboration with Government, industry and academia, FRAME regularly attends the Home Office Animal Welfare Stakeholder Meetings to share information and data.

At the latest meeting Home Office officials warned that the report of statistics on procedures carried out on laboratory animals in the UK will be delayed this year because […]

July 23rd, 2015|News, Newsfeed|Comments Off

FRAME Debate video online

“Total animal replacement in human medicine is a realistic goal but it’s a difficult challenge and it’s going to be a long-term goal.”
That was one of the conclusions of a debate held by FRAME at the Kennel Club, London in April.  A video of the discussions is now available online by clicking here: FRAME Debate.

Speakers:
Professor […]

June 12th, 2015|News, Press|Comments Off

FRAME response to mouse head transplant reports

FRAME has responded to recent press stories of mouse head transplants being carried out in China. The Wall Street Journal has reported that surgeon Professor Xiaoping Ren has carried out procedures on more than 1,000 mice, and plans to extend his work to non-human primates – even though none of the mice has survived for more than […]

June 11th, 2015|News, PositionStatement|Comments Off

Students drink coffee to replace animal tests

A university in the United Arab Emirates has introduced a human-based experiment as a way of replacing animal models of the effects of drugs on body organs. Medical students now dose themselves with coffee to observe how the stimulant properties of caffeine affect them.

The new scheme is described in the latest edition of PiLAS (Perspectives […]

June 8th, 2015|News, Press|Comments Off

FRAME response to EU “Stop Vivisection” initiative

The discussion this week of the “Stop Vivisection” initiative has highlighted several extremely important issues.

Firstly, the high priority that needs to be given to replacement of animal experiments with scientifically valid alternatives.
Secondly, the limited relevance to human disease processes of many animal studies.
Thirdly, the poor understanding across much of society of why animal experiments are […]

May 14th, 2015|News, PositionStatement, Press|Comments Off

What will drive the end of animal testing?

In spite of campaigns by many bodies and individuals for an end to animal experimentation the numbers used in procedures in UK laboratories continue to rise. If a change is to happen there must be a driver behind it. Here we discuss some of the forces involved in the question of implementing Replacement.

We would welcome […]

April 1st, 2015|News|Comments Off

Animal-free challenge for young researchers

Young scientists who wish to go into a career without ever being expected to use animals need to be determined, resourceful and tenacious. That is the conclusion of new research published in FRAME’s  online discussion board PiLAS. It is based on a survey into attitudes faced by young scientists, carried out as part of the […]

March 24th, 2015|News|Comments Off

Education outreach – Cardiff

As part of its education outreach, FRAME takes part each year in a lecture session at the University of Cardiff. Students from the undergraduate biomedical class hear from various bodies concerned with animal use and welfare and are able to discuss the topic afterwards.

This year FRAME Scientific Officer Kevin Coll gave a presentation on the […]

March 9th, 2015|News|Comments Off

2015 Björn Ekwall Award

FRAME Life President and editor of its journal ATLA, Professor Michael Balls, has been chosen to receive the 2015 Björn Ekwall Memorial Award.

The Award honours the memory of Swedish researcher Björn Ekwall (pictured) by recognising scientists who have substantially contributed to the field of animal-free safety testing , for example by developing new in vitro […]

February 25th, 2015|News, Press|Comments Off

New FRAME Training School date announced

When scientists carry out experiments it is vitally important they are well designed, otherwise they may waste resources or give the wrong answers. This is especially serious when animals are used.

Good planning and design can have a major impact on reducing animal usage in research programmes and the the welfare of the animals used.

FRAME promotes […]

January 21st, 2015|News|Comments Off