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2022 Paget Lecture: The Heart of the Matter
How animal research has helped us understand and treat cardiovascular disease
Behind the scenes at The Francis Crick Institute: working with different species in biomedical research
Stopping dangerous diseases from getting out
High level hygiene and containment in a large animal facility
Mouse in a forced swim test
Mice swim and then float in warm water - a test for anti-depression drugs
Victoria Derbyshire Radio 5 live from Mary Lyon Centre
Live from an MRC animal research centre near Oxford
Wendy Jarrett: Changing attitudes towards animal research
Podcast interview with UAR CEO Wendy Jarrett.
What is a virus?
What are viruses, what do they do to you and is there anything that can be done about them?
History of pregnancy testing
Mice, rabbits, frogs and sheep – each took their turn in the development of pregnancy tests.
Caring for Spiders and Scorpions
Spiders and scorpions are 'milked' for venom which is used in medical research.
2019 Paget Lecture: Nancy Rothwell on stroke
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell presented the 83rd Paget Lecture, with her talk ‘a stroke of bad luck’.
Newcastle University research improves animal conditions
Handling mice with a tube rather than by their tail improves mice well being.
2018 Paget Lecture: Professor John O’Keefe on spatial cognition and memory
What rodents have taught us about spatial cognition and memory
Marmosets in Parkinson’s research
How and why common marmosets are used in research into the causes and treatments of Parkinson's disease.
How do you stop dangerous diseases escaping from the facility?
Testing vaccines requires the use of live virus - it must not get out of the facility.
Foot-and-mouth disease vaccine trial on cows
Dr Bryan Charleston of The Pirbright Institute describes a trial using cows in the search for vaccines against foot-and-mouth disease.
Making dry forage mix to feed research monkeys
In nature monkeys spend large amounts of time foraging for food. These monkeys are given their food in various ways to occupy them and enrich their lives.
Fresh food preparation for research monkeys
Research animals diet must keep them healthy and interested in their food.
Measuring 'anticipation' in the brain
Macaques have a brain-scan while watching a computer to show where 'expectation' occurs in their brain.
Training research monkeys
Macaques are trained to interact with humans so that they can take part in research experiments.
Taking blood from a model rat
Taking blood from a model rat is one way for animal technologists to train before taking blood from a live animal.
Testing artificial blood-vessels in pigs
Might artificial blood-vessels be better for bypass surgery?
Robot assisted surgery
Dr Sanja Dogramadzi describes research into improving robot-assisted surgery on humans.
Blood sampling in mice and rats
Training video from Imperial College showing how to take a drop of blood from a mouse or rat.
Notching mice ears
Imperial college training video: How to cut notches in mice ears, used as a method of identification.
Why do we use macaques in research?
The MRC funds research in universities using macaques because many of their body systems — such as their immune and nervous systems — are similar to humans, making them good research 'models.'
Where does the MRC breed research macaques?
The Medical Research Council's Centre for Macaques breeds rhesus macaques for medical research in academic institutions in the UK.
2017 Paget lecture: How animals have helped with the discovery of drugs for asthma
Professor Clive Page 2017 Paget lecture: How animals have contributed to our understanding and treatment of respiratory diseases
Ultradian rhythms in voles
Voles are used in ultradian research because they are active and sleep every few hours.
2016 Paget Lecture: Animal Research: Then and Now
Paget lecture 2016 given by Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Scientific Adviser, HMG.
Animal Research Openness Awards Ceremony 2016
Third Animal Research Openness Awards Ceremony, London 5 December, 2016
Bd: The Amphibian Plague
The fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis has wiped out frogs and salamanders across the globe. What can be done?
Dispelling myths around animal research
An animation designed for politics.co.uk, to give an overview of animal research in the UK
Pacemakers: then, now and next?
A brief history of heart pacemakers with some predictions for the future.
60 years of the polio vaccine
We've edited down a film made in 1961 about the first mass vaccination campaign against polio in the UK.
2014 Paget Lecture: The Science of Healthy Ageing
Dame Professor Linda Partridge on the Science of Healthy Ageing
Ferrets in medical research
The video shows ferrets playing whilst their enclosure is being cleaned.
Macaques in medical research
These macaques were filmed in their living quarters in a UK research facility in early 2005.
Rabbits in medical research
The rabbit enclosures in these videos are similar to those found in most animal houses.
Marmosets in medical research
Monkeys used in research are housed in family groups and can groom each other, climb, forage for food and play.
Opossums in medical research
Opossums are very keen on baby custard as you can see from the video clip.
Frogs (Xenopus) in medical research
Frogs are especially useful in animal research because of the large number of eggs they can produce.
Guinea pigs in medical research
The video shows typical guinea-pig housing. Guinea pigs are social animals and therefore should never be housed alone unless there are exceptional circumstances.
UAR interviews Chloe Rackham about her diabetes
We interviewed Chloe just before World Diabetes Day 2010.
How much animal research is done in the UK?
This video outlines how much animal research is done in the UK and gives information about the animals used.
Where do medicines come from?
This short film supports our leaflet of the same name and was produced to be seen in GP surgeries where the sound is usually turned down - hence the sub-titles.
Mike Robbins suffers from Parkinson’s Disease. He explains how a ‘pacemaker’ implanted into his brain – a surgical technique called deep brain stimulation (DBS) – can help to control his symptoms.
What has animal research done for the brain?
This video from our archives was produced in 2004 by the Coalition for Medical Progress.
Why do we use animals in research?
Dr Simon Festing, previously a UAR Chief Executive, answers questions about why animals are an essential part of medical work.
Growing human testis tissue in mice to study human reproductive disorders
Low-sperm count can be due to damage before birth.
99 percent mouse 1 percent human
Dr Robin Lovell-Badge from the MRC explains why putting human cells into an animal can be a good thing and the circumstances when it would be unacceptable.
Judy McArthur Clark on the EU Animals Scientific Procedures Act
Presentation by Judy McArthur Clark, Home Office UK, discussing the implementation of the 2010 European Directive on Animal Scientific Procedures 63/2010/EU.
Visitors to an animal research facility
UAR worked with Genetic Alliance UK to arrange a visit to a university animal facility for some of their members.
In this short film we hear about the experience of having asthma from Tim Wilson and about how animal research has contributed to treating asthma from Professor Clive Page.
Animal research and diabetes
Research on dogs led to the discovery of insulin and the death sentence that until then was associated with diabetes was lifted.
Why do naked molerats live so long?
Naked molerats can live for more than thirty years in captivity, far more than than other rodents. What is more they don't appear to get cancer.
Stem cells and heart repair
Professor Michael Schneider of Imperial College tells Alan Keys about how stem cell research is leading to treatments for heart disease.
Patient, David Taylor, meets scientist, Fran Balkwill
Cancer survivor David Taylor interviews Professor Frances Balkwill about her research and the role animals play in her work.
Dogs in medical research into heart function
Research into new heart medicines is being helped by these dogs.
From Fireflies to Superbugs
Genetic modification, taking genes from one animal has become an essential tool for modern medical research.
Marmosets and research into Parkinson's Disease
Geoff Butcher has Parkinson's disease. He interviews a scientist who uses Marmosets as an animal model to investigate this disease.
Foot and Mouth Vaccine Production
Presentation about experimental Foot and Mouth vaccine production.
Foot and mouth life-cycle
This animation shows how foot-and-mouth virus enters its host and replicates.
Macaque presents leg for blood sampling
Macaques can be trained to assist in procedures. Here an adult macaque presents her leg for a blood sample.
Animation explaining animal research
This film was produced in cooperation with the British Pharmacological Society for the Politics.co.uk website.
Monitoring pollution in otters
Otters are at the top of their food web and concentrate (bio-accumulate) man-made toxic and/or non-biodegradable chemicals in their bodies.
A day in the life of an animal technologist
We walk around King's College animal research facility with one of the animal technologists who in this episode shows us mice, rats, rabbits and guinea pigs.
Organ transplants and animal research
Consultant surgeon Geoff Koffman explains that while the prognosis for kidney transplant has improved rejection is still a problem.
A kidney transplant patient's story
Organ transplants can fail when they are rejected by their new body. Animal research finds anti-rejection treatments.
Herceptin - the first monoclonal antibody treatment for cancer
This presentation outlines the research and development that led to Herceptin, the first effective monoclonal antibody treatment for breast cancer.
Ten medical breakthroughs thanks to animal testing
A century of medical advances in a minute of video.
Declines in insectivorous birds are associated with high neonicotinoid concentrations
Populations of common insectivorous birds like starlings and barnswallows are declining in farmland areas with high levels of the neonicotinoid insecticide imidacloprid.