Animal-lovers and research scientists are celebrating new funding for animal-free research so dogs, rabbits and mice do not suffer any pain.
On a visit to Hitchin-based Animal Free Research UK, special guest Euro MP Alex Mayer announced that the charity will fund a brand new round of research for scientists carrying out experiments that do not use any animals.
This is the first new cash on offer for researchers by the charity in two years and was made possible thanks to the generosity of donors.
The charity have awarded grants to over 250 research projects since their foundation in 1970 including most recently on research that stops the use of mice in testing novel leukaemia treatments, removes the need for pigs’ hearts to train doctors in stroke treatments and collecting human nerve stem cells from discarded teeth so dogs are not used in experiments to tackle chronic pain.
Dr Hazel Jackson, Science Director at Animal Research UK, said “We’re excited to be again offering grants for innovative animal free research. Continuing the brilliant work Animal Free Research UK has been funding for the last 50 years, we’re now supporting researchers to develop novel human-relevant models for understanding and treating human diseases.”
East of England MEP and known animal-lover Alex Mayer has thrown her support behind the cutting-edge research.
Alex Mayer MEP said, “I’m proud to support Animal Free Research UK – because it really is win-win.
“I’m encouraging researchers across the East of England to apply for funding to carry out life-saving research into human diseases without the use of animals.”
Scientists can apply for funding on the charity’s website at: www.animalfreeresearchuk.org