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Thursday 11 February 2016
Bovine tuberculosis (bTB) is one of the biggest challenges facing the cattle farming industry in the UK. Here we describe how current animal models of bovine tuberculosis have been identified as a major bottleneck to progress by scientists working in the field, and how the NC3Rs is working with other funders to...
Thursday 04 February 2016
The ARRIVE guidelines were launched in 2010, and since their publication the scientific community have been using the guidelines to improve the reporting of animal research. Figures published today in Nature reflect the growing support from journals; see Nature Trend Watch ‘Surge in support for animal-research...
Tuesday 10 November 2015
Today sees the publication of a roadmap on non-animal technologies (NATs) which has been jointly developed by six organisations – Innovate UK, the NC3Rs, BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC and Dstl. Here Dr Vicky Robinson the NC3Rs Chief Executive describes the background to the roadmap.
Tuesday 06 October 2015
Scientists using animals in research have a responsibility to ensure that the studies are appropriately designed, conducted, analysed and reported so that they impartially and robustly answer the question they are intended to and truly add to the knowledge base. Failure to fully embrace this responsibility...
Monday 21 September 2015
Last week, NC3Rs made a trip to Bradford to join the British Science Festival for our session “Dish and chips: new alternatives to animal testing”, chaired by Professor Jamie Davies from the University of Edinburgh, former Deputy Chair of the NC3Rs Board and former NC3Rs grant holder. We listenened to a series...
Monday 21 September 2015
The ‘Procedures with Care’ website contains HD video tutorials offering step-by-step practical guidance for carrying out the administration of substances to mice and rats, emphasising the need to handle the animals with care to reduce any distress caused by the procedures. All of the most common routes are...
Monday 14 September 2015
We have recently funded six new projects for a total of £1.65 million, as part of our 2015 project grant competition. This innovative research includes projects on animal-friendly touchscreen testing systems for rodents and new, more relevant and improved models for studying breast cancer, prion diseases and...
Thursday 20 August 2015
A new report takes a look at the UK health research landscape. Dr Mark Prescott, Head of Research Management and Policy, summarises the findings from an NC3Rs perspective and highlights the impact of NC3Rs research on improving human health.
Wednesday 05 August 2015
Last month saw the launch of our online resource on microsampling featuring a range of tools for researchers including example study designs, videos showing microsampling techniques and a decision tree to help determine what type of sampling to use in a particular study. Microsampling has become a huge...
Monday 13 July 2015
The third annual NC3Rs Summer School was held in late June at St. Catherine’s College in Oxford. The three day event brought together first year NC3Rs PhD students from top institutions across the country to engage with the 3Rs, improve their transferable skills, and network with their fellow students.

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