12. Event title:
The Future of Animals in Research
13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
Do dramatic advances in biological science mean that the live animal model has become redundant or is it more relevant than ever? This event will look at how animals are used now, what changes are afoot, including replacement technologies, and what is being done to improve conditions for lab animals. Presentations from three expert speakers will be followed by a panel session allowing the public to ask questions about this complex and controversial subject.
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
15. If so, please indicate what this is:
Newcastle University is an important centre for animal research, including research using non-human primates, and a leading light in seeking greater public openness on this subject. They are currently in the process of updating and rebuilding their animal facilities.
16. How does your event relate to this year's theme of 'Making waves'?:
Using animals for medical research has always been controversial, and new genetic modification technologies are likely to lead to even more challenges. With recent breakthroughs in technologies to replace some animal testing leading some people to believe that the end of animal research should be in sight, there are certain to be more controversies ahead.