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Continued need for non-human primate neuroscience research

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Alexander Thiele, Professor Christopher Petkov



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© 2018 Elsevier Ltd Neuroscience research in non-human primates (NHPs) has delivered fundamental knowledge about human brain function as well as some valuable therapies that have improved the lives of human patients with a variety of brain disorders. Research using NHPs, although it is facing serious challenges, continues to complement studies in human volunteers and patients, and will continue to be needed as the burdens of mental health problems and neurodegenerative diseases increase. At the same time, research into the 3Rs is helping to ameliorate the harms experienced by NHPs in experimental procedures, allowing the effective combination of optimal welfare conditions for the NHPs and high quality research. Mitchell et al. outline the benefits of non-human primate research for medicine and argue that the general public in the UK has been misled about the degree to which animals are harmed during research.

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Author(s): Mitchell AS, Thiele A, Petkov CI, Roberts A, Robbins TW, Schultz W, Lemon R

Publication type: Letter

Publication status: Published

Journal: Current Biology

Year: 2018

Volume: 28

Issue: 20

Pages: R1186-R1187

Print publication date: 22/10/2018

Online publication date: 22/10/2018

Acceptance date: 02/04/2018

ISSN (print): 0960-9822

ISSN (electronic): 1879-0445

Publisher: Cell Press


DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.09.029