Ground-breaking, innovative neurological research is being conducted in the UK without the use of animals



Humane Alternatives

The Dr Hadwen Trust is a registered medical research charity with 30 years experience of developing alternatives to replace animal experiments. The Trust funds non-animal research into major health problems such as cancer, heart disease, meningitis and Alzheimer's disease.

The Dr Hadwen Trust believes there are humane alternative methods of research that can allow brain research to continue, without the use of primates.

Cambridge University want to carry out experiments on primates in order to learn about diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Primates do not suffer naturally from these diseases and are therefore unsuitable 'models' for humans. Trying to model human illness in animals can cause misleading results and can delay progress.

Humane methods which do not use animals are already available, include ground-breaking brain imaging techniques which allow the human brain to be studied. A report published by the Dr Hadwen Trust in September 2001, outlines the limitations of primate research, particularly in relation to Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, and presents the humane alternatives.

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