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Delivering better evidence with non animal studies

On November 6 2019, Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga, Professor of Evidence-Based Laboratory Animal Science at SYRCLE (Systematic Review Center for Laboratory (animal) Experimentation in the Netherlands, was appointed Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau, a civil and military Dutch order of chivalry open to “everyone who has earned special merits for society”. This honour, bestowed upon Professor Ritskes-Hoitinga following her inspirational inaugural lecture at the University (highly recommended reading), comes after 30 years of improving the quality of animal research in the Netherlands and elsewhere, and dedicating herself to developing systematic review* methodology in the field of preclinical research.


Why cancer research should focus on patients

Dr Azra Raza, Professor of Medicine at Columbia University in New York, international authority on leukaemia, and Science Adviser to Safer Medicines Trust, has written a remarkable and highly recommended new book published in October 2019: The First Cell: And the human costs of pursuing cancer to the last


Why is patient safety compromised in the development of new medicines?

Today is the inaugural #WorldPatientSafetyDay, the objective of which is to raise global awareness about patient safety and encourage global solidarity and action. So, from my perspective as Director of the Safer Medicines Trust, I would like to raise the subject of the safety of patients taking medicines. (more…)

Let’s work together to explore the evidence base for all preclinical research methodologies

In response to: Drug discovery and preclinical drug development – have animal studies really failed?

By Pandora Pound and Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga

Response: Let’s work together to explore the evidence base for all preclinical research methodologies



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