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FRAME response to French drug trial incident

Statement from the FRAME Trustees: The catastrophic adverse effects reported last week in a clinical trial undertaken in France were unexpected and extremely surprising. One of six people treated with repeated doses of a new investigational drug in a Phase I clinical trial was initially left brain dead and then died, four others had severe […]

January 19th, 2016|News|Comments Off

Do e-cigarettes pose a risk to human health?

FRAME is concerned that health claims are being made about e-cigarettes without the benefit of accurate data. In the latest issue of FRAME’s scientific journal ATLA, Dr Robert Combes and Professor Michael Balls look at statements made by Public Health England (PHE) regarding the potential harm from e-cigarettes, compared with smoking tobacco products.

PHE has stated […]

January 13th, 2016|News|Comments Off

Cosmetics testing and the FRAME logo

Many people still seem unsure about the current situation regarding cosmetics testing in the UK. FRAME has received several inquiries from people who were given gifts at Christmas that had our logo on the packaging, and have asked if it meant the product was not tested on animals.

Since early 2013 it has been illegal to […]

January 4th, 2016|News, Press|Comments Off

Don’t dismiss gene editing too quickly, FRAME says

There is growing opposition to genetic modification of human embryos but FRAME believes the technology should not be dismissed without careful consideration.

“This kind of procedure could have the potential to fix many human health problems, although there are serious ethical concerns to take into account” said Scientific Director Dr Gerry Kenna.

Supporters of genetic modification believe […]

December 4th, 2015|News|Comments Off

ATLA publishes celebration of initiatives to end animal testing

The work of scientists and campaigners from around the world to end animal testing is being celebrated in a special issue of FRAME’s peer-reviewed journal ATLA (Alternatives to Laboratory Animals) Journal.

Produced each year in collaboration with the Lush Prize, the largest annual prize fund rewarding initiatives to end animal testing for toxicology research, the special […]

November 19th, 2015|News, Press|Comments Off

Cosmetics testing: the animal ban spreads

FRAME is delighted that more and more countries are starting processes to bring an end to cosmetics testing on animals. It has been against the law to test cosmetics or their ingredients on animals in the EU since the start of 2013. Crucially, it is also illegal to market cosmetics that have undergone animal tests […]

November 13th, 2015|News, PositionStatement, Press|Comments Off

Travel bursary for FRAME Training School

FRAME is pleased to announce the availability of three travel bursaries for participants in its next Training School in Experimental Design and Statistics. The grants have been made available by ecopa, the European consensus-platform for alternatives.

The bursaries are worth up to 600€ (about £425) and are aimed to help young scientists attend who might not otherwise be […]

November 4th, 2015|News, Press|Comments Off

Home Office statistics on laboratory animal use

FRAME is delighted that changes in the reported statistics of laboratory animal procedures in Great Britain will enable better understanding of exactly how animals are used in bioscience research. Greater detail will allow better planning to reduce reliance on inadequate animal-based models and help bring about introduction of more-relevant, human-based replacements.

Scientists in the UK who […]

October 22nd, 2015|News, Press|Comments Off

Response to experimental design paper

FRAME (Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments) is pleased to see publication of the paper Risk of Bias in Reports of In Vivo Research: A Focus for Improvement.

It highlights an important issue that needs much more attention to ensure the number of animals in experiments are reduced and that those experiments that […]

October 14th, 2015|News, Press|Comments Off

FRAME President receives award

FRAME Life President Professor Michael Balls will this week receive a prestigious award in recognition of his contribution to promoting alternatives to laboratory animals.

He will receive the Björn Ekwall Memorial Award during an international workshop: Mechanisms, markers and models – the 3M strategy in risk assessment, organised in collaboration by the Scandinavian Society for Cell […]

October 13th, 2015|News|Comments Off