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


January 17, 2017 Calorie restriction lets monkeys live long and prosper

Settling a persistent scientific controversy, a long-awaited report shows that restricting calories does indeed help rhesus monkeys live longer, healthier lives. Read more

January 12, 2017 Former UW geneticist, Nobel laureate Smithies dies

Much of the work for which Oliver Smithies shared the Nobel was performed at UW-Madison, where he was a professor from 1960 to 1988. Read more

December 22, 2016 UW–Madison statement on animal care records

In December, the University of Wisconsin–Madison provided a set of records to Michael Budkie, an Ohio-based animal rights advocate, in accordance with Wisconsin public records law. Budkie requested all “reports of adverse events or unforeseen outcomes” involving animals in research… Read more

December 9, 2016 UW Shelter Medicine, WVDL assist with cases of influenza in shelter cats

Thirteen cats in a New York City shelter have tested positive for influenza A. One of them has died. Read more

November 23, 2016 Gut’s microbial community shown to influence host gene expression

The upshot of the study is another indictment of the so-called Western diet, high in saturated fats, sugar and red meat. Read more

November 15, 2016 Morgridge–UW project investigates tissue-engineered arteries for transplant

The prospect of creating artery “banks” could transform treatment of many common heart and vascular ailments. But it’s a big leap from concept to reality. 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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