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


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

October 19, 2016 Madison startup advances three-in-one cancer drug rooted at UW

The first target for Co-D is angiosarcoma, a rare and lethal cancer that arises from blood vessels. Read more

September 21, 2016 Stem cell ‘heart patch’ moves closer to clinic

The 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 process

Investigators 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 regeneration

Researchers 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
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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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