Event Title

Refining Neuroscience Research Methods with Consideration for Animal Welfare

Location

Taylor 305, Madison Union, JMU

Start Date

4-6-2019 2:00 PM

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Traditionally, non-human primates have been used as subjects in biomedical research, yet an increasing public awareness and criticism questions the necessity of this approach. A growing body of research implicates poor living conditions and treatment as contributing to disturbing psychological damage seen in these primates. While acknowledging that non-human primate research fueled the discovery of the hepatitis C virus and others, can it ethically be justified to continue to inflict harm on these animals when alternate methods of discovery are increasingly available? This presentation will examine some of the many newer methods used in neuroscience today and proposes that these methods have the potential to completely eliminate the need to use animals in biomedical research. Among the research methods discussed will be improved imagining, in vitro methods, organ chips, and engineering organoids.

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Apr 6th, 2:00 PM

Refining Neuroscience Research Methods with Consideration for Animal Welfare

Taylor 305, Madison Union, JMU

Traditionally, non-human primates have been used as subjects in biomedical research, yet an increasing public awareness and criticism questions the necessity of this approach. A growing body of research implicates poor living conditions and treatment as contributing to disturbing psychological damage seen in these primates. While acknowledging that non-human primate research fueled the discovery of the hepatitis C virus and others, can it ethically be justified to continue to inflict harm on these animals when alternate methods of discovery are increasingly available? This presentation will examine some of the many newer methods used in neuroscience today and proposes that these methods have the potential to completely eliminate the need to use animals in biomedical research. Among the research methods discussed will be improved imagining, in vitro methods, organ chips, and engineering organoids.