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.
Chuck Reynolds, a tall, laconic and bearded man with a dry sense of humor, remembers the winter and spring of 2001 as the time he spent waiting to die. Weak, short of breath, swollen with fluid, he was barely able to climb the stairs and essentially stuck in a recliner at his backwoods house near Lafarge, Wis. He wasn’t a lazy man. Read more
July 28, 2015 News coverage of inherited anxiety studyEarlier this month, a new study from the Department of Psychiatry and the HealthEmotions Research Institute at the University of Wisconsin-Madison of an extended family of monkeys provides important insights into how the risk of developing anxiety and depression is passed from parents to children. Read more
June 10, 2015 Fragile X proteins involved in proper neuron developmentFragile X syndrome is the most common inherited intellectual disability and the greatest single genetic contributor to autism. Unlocking the mechanisms behind fragile X could make important revelations about the brain. 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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