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Monday 24 October 2016
A new model of mammalian prion disease has been developed in the fruit fly by a team led by Dr Raymond Bujdoso at the University of Cambridge. The study, co-funded by the NC3Rs and published recently in Biochemical Journal, could lead to a fast, low cost blood test to diagnose prion disease without using...
Guest Blog
Tuesday 18 October 2016
... but were too afraid to ask We are currently looking for researchers to become Panel members in our Development and Impact, Grant, Studentship and Training Fellowship Assessment Panels, from January 2017. In this blog Professor Lucy Walker sheds more light on what it is like to be part of an NC3Rs Panel.
Staff Blog
Thursday 13 October 2016
Since the inception of the NC3Rs 12 years ago, we have had a programme of work in toxicology and regulatory sciences. The programme has grown substantially in momentum, as the organisation has. Starting with one programme manager working on the acute toxicity testing for pharmaceuticals project, we now have...
Tuesday 11 October 2016
Our new e-learning resource on “Humane Methods of Killing Laboratory Animals” is now available. This is the third e-learning resource developed by Professor Paul Flecknell and his team at Newcastle University with funding from the NC3Rs. A version that permits tracking of user completion is available at FLAIR e...
Monday 10 October 2016
We have awarded £1.5 million to the winners of the annual NC3Rs CRACK IT Challenges competition, run using the Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) process which is supported by Innovate UK. CRACK IT Challenges is an innovation competition funded by the NC3Rs that brings together large industries,...
Monday 10 October 2016
The environment in which laboratory animals are kept profoundly influences their welfare and can affect research outcomes. The African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) is a common model organism for developmental and genetic research, but few studies have investigated its welfare needs and current husbandry...
Monday 03 October 2016
A paper published recently in Nature Protocols describes a new, non-invasive way to study the transport of molecules in neurons using the fruit fly. NC3Rs David Sainsbury Fellow Dr Alessio Vagnoni, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, has coupled the fruit fly model with cutting edge imaging...
Thursday 29 September 2016
A new publication in the Journal of Toxicological and Pharmacological Methods compares the effect of traditional and modern home pen design on the welfare of laboratory beagles. The study, by Dr Laura Scullion Hall and Professor Hannah Buchanan-Smith from Stirling University, performed in collaboration with...
Wednesday 28 September 2016
The use of food and fluid control as motivational tools for macaques used in behavioural neuroscience research is an area of longstanding interest to the NC3Rs. Typically, performance of correct trials on cognitive or behavioural tasks is rewarded with small amounts of food or fluid. To motivate adequate daily...
Monday 26 September 2016
This October we are partnering with the British Library to host a Talk Science event focussing on the 3Rs.  Run by the science team at the British Library, the Talk Science series is an opportunity for the public to engage with world leading scientists on a variety of topics. On Thursday 13 October a panel of...

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