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Animal Research showcase

Eight animal research case studies

Talking to the public about animal research

Produced with the Association of Medical Research Charities

2016 Concordat on Openness Annual Report

Concordat on Openness on Animal Research in the UK Annual report 2016

Herceptin - cancer treatment that uses monoclonal antibodies

A powerpoint explaining how Herceptin was invented.

Animal Research for Animals

The use of animals in veterinary medicine. Order copies from

Medical advances and Animal Research

Examples of medical research using animals, 28 pages.

Where do medicines come from?

Our 16 page leaflet written in 2011 explains the role of animals in medical research.

Why are animals used in scientific research?

Animals are used in scientific research to help us understand our own bodies and how they work. This is necessary to develop new medicines. Animals are also used to safety test potential medicines before they are tested in people and to check the safety of other chemicals.

Animal Research: The Facts

This myth busting leaflet deals with commonly held but mistaken beliefs about animal research. If you would like paper copies please email

Where do medicines come from?

Whether you want to know how researchers develop new medicines or why this process can take a long time, this booklet aims to answer your questions about where medicines come from. Order paper copies from

Understanding Animal Research Constitution

Our constitution, revised in June 2020

2015 Paget Lecture: 4 stories about the brain

A video of Professor Colin Blakemore lecturing here:

2014 Paget Lecture transcript: Science of healthy ageing

Given by Professor Dame Linda Partridge: video link

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