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.

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


August 5, 2016 UW-Madison spinoff gets FDA OK for bacteria-killing wound dressing

Microlyte, patented by Imbed Biosciences, will compete in the $2 billion market sector of "advanced wound dressings," which are used to treat ulcers, burns, bedsores and other difficult wounds. Read more

August 4, 2016 Botulinum toxin may travel further than expected in nerve cells

Two specific toxins — including the popular drug Botox — have multiple uses for treating many neuromuscular conditions, including frown lines, disabling muscle spasms and migraine headaches. Read more

July 18, 2016 Macular degeneration insight identifies promising drugs to prevent vision loss

In tests on mice, drugs that are already on the market prevented damage to the cells that sustain the light-sensitive cells in the eyes. Read more

July 1, 2016 Benign bacteria block mosquitoes from transmitting Zika, chikungunya viruses

The bacteria could present a “novel biological control mechanism,” aiding efforts to stop the spread of Zika virus. Read more

June 28, 2016 Monkey study shows Zika infection prolonged in pregnancy

Researchers have shown that one infection with Zika virus protects against future infection, though pregnancy may drastically increase the time the virus stays in the body. Read more

June 10, 2016 Epigenetics researcher named Pew scholar in biomedical sciences

Peter Lewis is one of 22 biomedical scientists to win the award, meant for researchers with outstanding promise in science relevant to human health. 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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