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EU debate on animal experiments

The European Parliament has discussed the future of animal experiments, in response to a 1.2 million signature petition calling for existing laws to be scrapped. A recommendation will now be passed to the European Commission to debate the topic more fully.

The petition was organised by the Italian-based Stop Vivisection citizens’ initiative. It pointed out to […]

May 13th, 2015|Press|Comments Off

First FRAME debate is a huge success

The first FRAME debate was a huge success. It brought together experts from across the fields of industry,  academia, politics, animal welfare and science promotion to discuss the proposition: Total animal replacement in human medicine is a realistic goal.

The speakers were: Dr Brian Burlinson, VP Safety Assessment and Principal Scientist at Huntingdon Life Sciences;  Dr […]

April 24th, 2015|Press|Comments Off

First FRAME debate

FRAME is holding its first ever debate tomorrow (April 23) in London, on what can be done to bring an end to animal experiments more quickly. Experts from across the fields of industry, academia, politics, animal welfare and science promotion will get together to discuss the current status of alternatives to animal testing.

The debate aims […]

April 22nd, 2015|Press|Comments Off

Home Office Three Rs progress report

The Home Office has issued a progress report on what it is doing to reduce the use of animals in scientific research. The department set out plans in a document last February, which included three strategic priorities.

They were:

advance the use of the ThreeRs within the UK;
use international leadership to influence the uptake and adoption of […]

March 26th, 2015|Press, Rightbox|Comments Off

New ban on animal tests for household products

The Home Office is to introduce a ban on testing household products on animals with effect from October. The move follows a detailed consultation about the impact such a ban would have on industry and the economy.

The ban will apply to products bought by the public for use at home and in the […]

March 12th, 2015|Press, Rightbox|Comments Off

FRAME response to ‘head transplant’ proposal

Researchers have announced that it might be possible to transplant a human head onto a donor body within two years – but FRAME is concerned about the ethical and scientific questions surrounding the project.

FRAME Scientific Director Dr Gerry Kenna said: “At first glance, the proposal to transplant a human head to a different body has […]

February 27th, 2015|Press, Rightbox|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

Towards a single R: Replacement

Among the keynote speakers at the International Conference of Alternatives to Animal Experimentation in Portugal in May will be independent drug development consultant Dr Robert Coleman whose talk will be : Humanising drug safety testing: a pragmatic validation study.

Dr Coleman published a paper in the latest issue of FRAME’s scientific journal ATLA (Alternatives to Laboratory […]

February 5th, 2015|Press, Rightbox|Comments Off

New research casts doubt on monkeys as drug testing model

FRAME is calling for increased investment in cell-based and computer methods of drug testing following new research that demonstrates serious flaws in an animal model.

Cynomolgus monkeys are considered a valuable species for drug testing because of their size and their relatively close genetic parallels with humans. Now new experiments to investigate how the liver handles […]

October 30th, 2014|Press, Rightbox|Comments Off

Cynomolgus monkeys and paracetamol: background paper

Cynomolgus monkeys are resistant to drug induced liver injury caused by paracetamol
by Dr Gerry Kenna
FRAME  Scientific Director

Prior to their registration for use in humans, all new drugs are subjected to a large battery of safety studies. These include an extensive series of investigations in experimental animals, which are undertaken in compliance with well-established regulatory guidelines, […]

October 30th, 2014|Background, Press, Rightbox|Comments Off