Why Animal Research Matters

Animal research is an indispensable tool for understanding complex living organisms, and many University of Wisconsin–Madison research programs study animals as models of human disease and to explore basic biological processes. The university’s commitment to responsible and ethical research conducted under the attention of skilled veterinarians continues a long history of improving human and animal health and well-being.

Heart transplant: a life saved courtesy of animal research

[photo] Reynolds

Chuck Reynolds, a tall, laconic and bearded man with a dry sense of humor, remembers the winter and spring of 2001 as the time he spent waiting to die. Weak, short of breath, swollen with fluid, he was barely able to climb the stairs and essentially stuck in a recliner at his backwoods house near Lafarge, Wis. He wasn’t a lazy man. Read more


July 6, 2015 Brain imaging shows how children inherit their parents’ anxiety

In rhesus monkey families - just as in their human cousins - anxious parents are more likely to have anxious offspring. Read more

June 10, 2015 Fragile X proteins involved in proper neuron development

Fragile X syndrome is the most common inherited intellectual disability and the greatest single genetic contributor to autism. Unlocking the mechanisms behind fragile X could make important revelations about the brain. Read more

June 1, 2015 UW-Madison startup offers antibiotic alternative to animal producers

A University of Wisconsin-Madison animal scientist has developed an antibiotic-free method to protect animals raised for food against common infections. Read more

April 7, 2015 Two receive awards for research to benefit children

Two University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have received three-year Hartwell Individual Biomedical Research Awards to support research into fungal disease and therapy for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Read more

March 26, 2015 Ebola whole virus vaccine shown effective, safe in primates

An Ebola whole virus vaccine, constructed using a novel experimental platform, has been shown to effectively protect monkeys exposed to the often fatal virus. Read more

March 17, 2015 Science Expeditions opens doors to UW-Madison research March 20-22

Science Expeditions, the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s 13th annual science open house, will open the doors of dozens of campus attractions — and the expertise of scores of researchers — to thousands of curious visitors March 20-22. Read more
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Wisconsin Discoveries

For more than 100 years, scientists at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have successfully used animal models to discover new knowledge to benefit people, animals and society.

Animal Care

The university accepts responsibility for the stewardship of all animals under its care, conducting the kind of careful, ethical studies that can improve human and animal health.

Campus Oversight

Scientists, veterinarians and members of the public work to ensure UW–Madison’s world-class research is conducted ethically, safely and in compliance with federal laws and regulations.

Press Resources

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