Research & medical benefits
Respiratory disease: asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
5th November 2019
Research with rats and dogs means asthma and COPD symptoms can be contained, if not cured.
Drug Discovery with Venom
30th October 2019
Evolution has generated a huge range of chemicals in venoms.
Bony research: how zebrafish are helping osteoarthritis research
12th October 2019
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people worldwide. It occurs when the protective cartilage that cushions the ends of your bones wears down over time.
Animals Help us Understand Motor Neurone Disease
21st June 2019
By Mandy Spencer, Research Information Co-ordinator at the Motor Neurone Disease Association
How sickle cell protects against Malaria
19th June 2019
Sickle cell disease (SCD) affects millions of people around the globe and is the 4th leading cause of deaths in children in many developing countries.
Animals to humans, how blood saves lives
14th June 2019
Every year, over 88 million blood donations save lives across the globe – enough to fill 32 Olympic-sized swimming pools. But good quality blood is in short supply so researchers seek to get around the worldwide blood shortage and make blood donations as we know them obsolete.
Researching for a cure for multiple sclerosis
31st May 2019
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is the most widespread disabling neurological condition of young adults, particularly women, around the world with around 2.3 million people living with MS globally. In MS, the protective insulating myelin sheaths that cover nerve fibres in the brain and the spinal cord are destroyed.
Researching stroke using zebrafish
24th May 2019
Dr Paul Kasher from Manchester University is trying to understand the immediate pathological responses to stroke in the brain and is screening for potential drugs to treat these responses by using zebrafish larvae to model what happens in a human.
How do you study stress in an animal?
2nd May 2019
“When you do stress research you need to think about two elements: how do I induce stress, how do I measure the consequences of it?”
Haemophilia, the royal disease
17th April 2019
Haemophilia is a rare, inherited bleeding disorder in which blood cannot clot normally. Long known as the "Royal Disease", haemophilia affected generations of royal families in England, Prussia and Russia, undoubtedly changing the course of history.
10 years of rat research – how stroke studies have evolved
4th April 2019
Prof Allan Stuart has been studying rats in the context of stroke research for over 25 years now.
The Nipah Virus – a rare but deadly disease
28th February 2019
Nipah virus kills people, at the moment outbreaks are rare
Recent advances in cancer research
4th February 2019
Immunotherapy, mice and treatment
Primate research in 2018
14th December 2018
Heart disease, vaccines, and Parkinson's
Increase in animal research in Northern Ireland
12th October 2018
2017 animal research numbers for Northern Ireland have been published