Details of research being carried out by FRAME at the lab, or desk-based.
Undergraduate students from the University of Nottingham have been spending eight weeks in the FRAME Alternative Laboratory (FAL) to carry out a variety of projects and gain important laboratory experience. Dr Andy Bennett, Director of the FRAME Alternatives laboratory said Exposure of students to the use of non-animal methods early in their career is an [...]
Undergraduate students from Nottingham Trent University have worked on behalf of FRAME with the aim of promoting engagement with the issues affecting animal experimentation and alternatives, and exploring ways in which it can be incorporated into the secondary school curriculum. The university students created a survey to identify what if anything is already taught, what [...]
Between April 2014 and March 2015, 429 patients died waiting for an organ transplant in the UK. A further 807 patients were removed from the transplant list as deteriorating health meant that an organ donation would no longer be in the patient's best interest. The lack of donated viable organs has led researchers to try [...]
FRAME carried out a review of mouse models used to study Parkinson's disease. The findings were presented by intern Michelle Maurer from Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany. Download the slides by clicking here: Parkinsons_Mouse_Presentation
FRAME Scientific Director Dr Gerry Kenna gave a lecture at the Dr Hadwen Trust Animal Replacement Science Conference. His topic was Using non‐animal methods to predict and avoid human adverse drug reactions. Download the slides by clicking here: Adverse Drug Reactions.
The FRAME Alternatives Lab is able to differentiate human mononuclear blood cells into human osteoclasts (bone eating cells). Osteoclast dysfunction has been observed in a variety of bone diseases including osteoarthritis. The lab is currently investigating potential therapeutic agents which will decrease osteoclast activity in arthritis and reduce bone and joint damage.
Throughout its almost 50 year history FRAME's researchers have authored very many scientific papers in both its own journal and others. They have also submitted articles to publications aimed at lay people, in order to promote the Three Rs to educators and the general public. In addition they have written or translated a number of [...]
Much of the research into obesity and diabetes is carried out using transgenic animal models. FRAME's experience and that of many others is that such animal models are of little use when trying to study human diseases and responses to potential therapies. The FRAME Alternatives Laboratory cultures primary human adipocytes and skeletal muscle myotubes to [...]
It is well known that lipids (fatty substances) can have a positive effect on skin. A new project at the FRAME laboratory will enable close investigation of how lipids are absorbed to create those effects. The project will involve building three-dimensional models from keratinocytes, fibroblasts, melanocytes and immune cells. They will be isolated directly from [...]
As well as working with human cells, where possible the FRAME Alternatives Laboratory works with human patients and volunteers to increase understanding of human disease. Quite obviously, data obtained from human subjects is infinitely more relevant than data from animal models. Dietary studies in overweight and obese humans In conjunction with Clinicians and Physiologists at Nottingham University, [...]