To protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and students, the FRAME Alternatives Laboratory at the University of Nottingham’s Medical School is currently closed. Volunteers from the FRAME Alternatives Laboratory, including research fellows, technicians and PhD students, are all putting the skills they have learnt whilst working at the lab to practical use in testing patients for COVID-19. Those unable to volunteer are continuing valuable desk-based research and projects from home.
FRAME is proud to partner with the University of Nottingham, which has supplied specialist equipment to the British Armed Forces to help test for COVID-19. In line with the government’s advice, the University of Nottingham is closed and is currently delivering teaching online. More than 600 medical students in Nottingham have volunteered to help at our local hospitals and support NHS staff and researchers in the fight against coronavirus.
The importance of valid, human-focused scientific research methods is once again being highlighted as scientists across the world work to quickly develop effective vaccines and testing methods in the fight against the coronavirus. Although practical work is currently on hold, FRAME is continuing to work towards our aim of eliminating the need to use animals in medical and scientific research, education and testing by conducting office-based research into human-relevant alternatives.
We are working on the next edition of FRAME News and look forward to sharing our latest projects and news with our valued supporters. Keep an eye on the FRAME website, Twitter and Facebook page for more information.