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

News

May 23, 2016 New strategy could yield more precise seasonal flu vaccine

The new approach would better forecast the naturally occurring mutations that help seasonal flu virus dodge vaccines. Read more

May 18, 2016 Panda poop study provides insights into microbiome, reproductive troubles

Gastrointestinal diseases are a major cause of mortality in pandas but scientists understand little about their digestive process. Read more

May 12, 2016 Gene regulatory mutation linked to rare childhood cancer

This basic knowledge of a specific cancer is essential to start drug testing, says researcher Peter Lewis. Read more

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
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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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