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 Brett Cochrane, Group Head of Science at the Dr Hadwen Trust; Dr Bob Coleman, Independent Drug Discovery Consultant; and Professor Barbara Pierscionek, Associate Dean of Research and Enterprise at Kingston University’s Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing.
The discussion was lively and wide-ranging and covered a range of topics including the legal aspects of animal-based research and introducing alternatives, the reliability of current animal models, ethical questions of using animals in laboratories, progress towards introducing human-based tests, challenges faced in introducing replacement, social and cultural hurdles, attitudes of various groups involved in biomedical research, and the timescales that might be needed to achieve total replacement.
Proceedings of the meeting will be published in FRAME’s journal ATLA (Alternatives to Laboratory Animals) and a recording of the event will be available online in the near future. In order to receive notification of the publication dates please sign up for FRAME’s online news at http://eepurl.com/hvoVQ .
The meeting took place at the Kennel Club in London.