Workshop: The Ethics of using Animals in Research
This workshop aims to broaden students’ knowledge of the Institute’s research and its applications, as well as encouraging them to think about the wider social and ethical implications of scientific discoveries they hear about in the news and other media. The workshop is supported by Understanding Animal Research.
Most biologists agree that experiments involving living animals or fresh animal tissues are undesirable but in some cases unavoidable if advances in medicine and biology are to be made. In Britain, decisions on how and when animals are used in experiments are not made by the scientists directly concerned, but by independent panels and government officials.
The event aims to broaden students’ knowledge of the Institute’s research and its applications, as well as encouraging them to think about the wider social and ethical implications of scientific discoveries they hear about in the news and other media.
An introductory talk will cover the use of animals in research, covering the history and changes of opinion. It will also look at the 3Rs – refinement, reduction and replacement – as well as the legislation which governs the use of animals. Babraham Institute scientists will speak about research using both mouse models and alternatives. All talks will feature activities for students.
After an activity which demonstrates how animal research fits into to the drug development process scientists from a commercial research company on the Babraham Research Campus will explain their work, giving the students a view from an industry perspective.
Having learned about legislation and ethics as well as current research projects, students will discuss and debate their own opinions as they evaluate a research proposal which uses animals. This has been designed to resemble the process carried out by the Institute’s Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Board before any research can take place, whether academic or commercial.
10.00 Welcome and introductions including BI intro
10.20 Ice-breaker – opinion poll
10.30 Presentation (Understanding Animal Research)
11.10 Refreshment break
11.30 BI research using animals
11.55 BI research using alternative(s)
12.20 Drug development process card game
1.10 Commercial research - Campus Company
1.40 AWERB-style evaluation of proposed research projects(s)
2.20 Q&A and final opinion poll
Please email PE@babraham.ac.uk to register interest for your school.
The Babraham institute is a signatory of the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK