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The first human-to-human heart transplant, performed in 1967, was preceded by decades of preparatory animal research.
Animal studies between 1930 and 1950 explored methods to combat organ rejection. Dr. Christian Barnard, who performed the first transplant, had already performed nearly 50 animal heart transplants to ensure success with human patients.
Other organ transplant research using animals includes heart-lung transplants, first developed in monkeys. The first human cornea transplant was possible because of research using rabbits. Scientists are now investigating using donor organs from genetically modified pigs for human transplants.
There were 2,155 organ transplants in Canada in 2009, according to the Canadian Organ Replacement Register.
In 1940 researchers injected eight mice with a lethal dose of bacteria. Four were also given penicillin. The penicillin recipients survived.Benefits
Treatment for leukemia, the most common cancer affecting children, relied on early research in mice.Benefits
Research to develop treatments for asthma has included studies on frogs and guinea pigs.Benefits
Pigs and humans both have complex anatomy and body functioning. By working with pigs, scientists have been able to develop new heart therapies, skin grafts and imaging technologies.Benefits
By studying the venom of the Brazilian pit viper, researchers were able to develop the first of a new class of medicines to lower blood pressure.Benefits
Research using monkeys has been critical to developing a life-changing treatment for Parkinson’s disease.Benefits
“Why I am a Laboratory Animal Veterinarian”
Kelly Walton DVM, a third year student of comparative medicine at Colorado State University, explains why her love of animals led her to a career in laboratory animal welfare.
Rodent euthanasia methods under scrutiny
Study shows anaesthetics may be a more humane way to kill rats and mice than carbon dioxide, but reveals a surprising twist.
Three Who Stood Up
Their reputations were attacked. Their homes were damaged. Their lives were threatened. But these UCLA scientists refused to back down in the face of assaults by anti-animal-research extremists.
Don't Have the Wool Pulled Over Your Eyes
I suspect that most people don't realize how much they owe their well-being, even their lives, to research using experimental animals.
UBC academics plan an international forum to explore new models of regulating animal research that enhance public involvement
FROM FARM TO LAB
Lab animals present a new field for animal welfare studies
Lived experience reaffirms the role of animals in life-saving science. http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2012/07/04/facing-cancer/
Creatures great and small
The first of a series on animals in research looks at four basic science studies. Upcoming articles will address animals in medical research, and how animal research is governed. http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2012/06/06/creatures-great-and-small/
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: LETTERS
Campus letters on animal research http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2012/06/06/in-their-own-words-letters/
Coffee and other stimulant drugs may cause high achievers to slack off: UBC study
UBC animal research vindicated by Canadian Council on Animal Care
Why animal research is more essential than ever
John Hepburn, UBC Vice President Research and International, makes the case for animal research in the Vancouver Sun of Monday, March 12th 2012 (page A-7)
ANIMALS IN RESEARCH
The UBC community examines a tough issue.