Frequently Asked Questions
Will this new building include dogs and primates?
No, the biomedical research facility is not designed to house beagle dogs, any other dogs, or large mammals. The University has never housed primates.
Which species of animals will be housed or used in the new building?
An allotted space within the building is being created for the purpose of accommodating rats and mice.
Why is this building necessary?
The biomedical research centre will create purpose-built space for researchers, as well as dedicated facilities which will ensure that any biomedical research on rodents can be conducted in an improved environment for staff and animals. Space is also being created for a £2m imaging facility that will lead to a substantial reduction in the number of animals required to conduct particular studies.
Why are you expanding the amount of animal research facilities?
We are not. The new building will replace existing facilities and will create purpose-built space for researchers. Dedicated facilities will ensure that any biomedical research on rodents can be conducted in an improved environment for both members of staff and animals.
Why do you still research using animals?
Animal research remains necessary in certain circumstances to better understand diseases and develop new medicines. Research involving animals is carried out only in situations where there is no alternative. The overwhelming majority of biomedical research is carried out using non-animal methods and materials. In many cases we are using animal systems to understand disease processes and the work is carefully designed and regulated to cause as little discomfort as possible.
When did work on the biomedical research facility start?
Building work started in October 2009.
When will the building be finished?
The new biomedical research facility is due for completion in mid 2011,
When was approval for the biomedical research facility given?
Planning approval was granted in May 2009.
When were academics notified of the plans, and that it would include a new animal facility?
Members of academic staff within the College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology have been aware since 2006 of the plans to construct a new biomedical research facility which would bring together our existing animal facilities.
How much is the new building costing and where is the funding from?
The build costs are £15million. Funding for the new building comes from a variety of sources including the University’s own resources, Government funding and the Wellcome Trust.
Will this create new jobs for the area?
Creation of the new facility has provided jobs during the construction phase.
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