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Prestigious prize win

PhD student Rehma Chandaria has won a prestigious writing competition while working with FRAME.  The competition was run by the leading scientific research publishing group Nature. Students and early career academics were asked to write a 600 word article on one of six questions about data sharing. The five winners will have their articles published by Nature and be […]

September 28th, 2015|News|Comments Off

Why FRAME is right to be concerned about dog use in biomedical research

Recently FRAME and the Kennel Club co-authored an open letter to The Rt Hon Greg Clark, MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in which we expressed our disappointment at the decision to grant planning permission for establishment of a dog breeding centre in East Yorkshire. We asked “why is breeding of dogs […]

September 24th, 2015|News, Press|Comments Off

FRAME Training School 2016 announced

Details of the next FRAME Training School in experimental design and statistical analysis have been released.  It will be held in Voss, Norway from 1-3 February, 2016.

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 if animals are used. […]

September 15th, 2015|News, Press|Comments Off

FRAME response to call for tighter animal research reporting rules in the US

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is looking at potential changes to the statistics reporting requirements for American laboratories, following a petition by the country’s National Anti-Vivisection Society (NAVS). FRAME has been asked to provide information to support a response to the proposals by the Philadelphia-based Alternatives Research and Development Foundation (ARDF).

The current requirements are […]

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

FRAME and the Kennel Club ask for a U-turn on beagle breeding centre

FRAME and the Kennel Club have sent an open letter to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government The Rt Hon Greg Clark, MP calling on him and the Government to reverse their decision to grant planning permission for a laboratory beagle breeding centre in East Yorkshire.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council rejected the planning […]

August 10th, 2015|News, Press|Comments Off

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, Press|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.

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