Funding boost for post-graduate training across the UK to reduce and improve animal research

Posted by ap507 at Dec 10, 2014 12:28 PM |
Research into Stroke using rodents benefits from funding

The National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals (NC3Rs) has invested £900,000 to support studentship projects at eight UK institutions, including the University of Leicester.

Each of the projects will investigate ways to either replace the use of animals in research, reduce the number of animals used or improve laboratory animal welfare.

The ten PhD studentships will each receive £90,000 over a three-year period. The projects range from developing a model of ovarian cancer in a small silicone device, to seeking insights into the underlying biology of aging using roundworms.

Two of the projects funded will focus on improving welfare and minimising the suffering of rodents used in stroke research.

Dr Claire Gibson (picture), Head of the School of Psychology, will supervise a project aimed at improving well-being by providing enrichment, improving understanding of the humane use of non-invasive monitoring and assessing whether a surgical intervention can reduce mortality and morbidity in experimental stroke rodents.

She said: “Like other leading universities, Leicester is committed to applying the principles of the 3Rs to animal research and exploring both alternatives and refinements to the use of animals for the purposes of biomedical research. “

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