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.


April 28, 2016 Cell transplant treats Parkinson’s in mice under control of designer drug

Su-Chun Zhang and co-first authors Yuejun Chen and Man Xiong grew the specialized nerve cells from human embryonic stem cells. Read more

March 31, 2016 UW Shelter Medicine, veterinary diagnostic lab find canine influenza transmitted among cats

Just one cat tested positive in the U.S. last year, but it now appears the virus can replicate and spread from cat to cat. Read more

March 23, 2016 Remembering late UW-Madison Zoology Professor Jack P. Hailman

Hailman was a professor emeritus of zoology and well-known experimentalist and animal behaviorist. His UW-Madison career spanned 30 years. Read more

March 17, 2016 Single brain cells reveal genes controlling formation, development

The exploratory analysis may open a new window on understanding complex disorders like autism. Read more

February 24, 2016 Nature: Zika researchers release real-time data on viral infection study in monkeys

University of Wisconsin–Madison researchers studying Zika virus in monkeys are making their data publicly available on a daily basis, hoping to help with research and public health decision playing out around the world. Read more

February 11, 2016 Wisconsin researchers transform common cell to master heart cell

If replicated in human cells, the feat could one day fuel drug discovery, powerful new models for heart disease and the raw material for treating diseased hearts. 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.

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