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.
Su-Chun Zhang and co-first authors Yuejun Chen and Man Xiong grew the specialized nerve cells from human embryonic stem cells. Read more
September 21, 2016 Stem cell ‘heart patch’ moves closer to clinicThe promise of stem cells to treat cardiovascular disease may soon be a step closer to overcoming the last big hurdle before trials in human patients. Read more
September 20, 2016 UW–Madison statement on the USDA investigation processInvestigators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), one of two federal agencies responsible for enforcement of the federal laws that regulate animal research, are reviewing the procedures and documentation for care of animals in research at the University of… Read more
September 13, 2016 Study finds a key to nerve regenerationResearchers have found a switch that redirects helper cells in the peripheral nervous system into "repair" mode. A new study suggests tactics that might assist recovery after physical injury. Read more
September 8, 2016 Nadine Connor named to interim post for research policy and complianceConnor will oversee many facets of research policy on campus, including human subjects and animal research. Read more
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.
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.
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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