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Sir David Amess MP, 1952-2021

Our Patron, Sir David Amess MP, was a great friend to the Alliance for Human Relevant Science, as well as to Safer Medicines. We are all devastated by his tragic loss and send our heartfelt condolences to his family. The volume of tributes being paid to Sir David goes to show what a wonderfully kind, caring and delightful human being he was.

He was a prominent spokesperson on health issues and served for 10 years on the House of Commons Health Select Committee. In 2012, he received the “Outstanding Achievement Award” at the Charity Champion Parliamentary reception, in recognition of his lifetime commitment to charitable work. He was a powerful champion of many good causes and had an unequalled backbench record for introducing new bills into law.

Sir David supported our work for many years, and on becoming our Patron, he said: “I am passionate about both human health and animal welfare, and I applaud Safer Medicines Trust for showing that there is no contradiction between the two, as we are so often led to believe.”

He features in this 5 minute video from 2011 of our petition hand-in to Number 10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcG2UgvVbV0 and in this 3 minute video from 2017 of the launch of the Alliance for Human Relevant Science: https://www.humanrelevantscience.org/launch-event/

We are so honoured and grateful to have had his invaluable support and we will miss him terribly.


Breaking the lock-in to animal research within academia

Our Research Consultant, Dr Pandora Pound is speaking this afternoon at the 11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences, on “Breaking the lock-in to animal research within academia”.

View her slides here


New Approach Methodologies Funding and Regulation

Our Scientific Consultant, Rebecca Ram, spoke at the 11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences on “New Approach Methodologies Funding and Regulation”.

View her slides here

Overcoming data availability obstacles in the way of evidence-based toxicology

The availability of data from both preclinical and clinical studies of drugs is key to understanding the effectiveness and safety of any treatment before it is approved for use in patients. In a recent webinar our Director Dr Jan Turner, described why gaps in this data either through selective reporting or omission of significant data all together, can have profound effects on the decision-making of regulatory agencies and ultimately lead to unsafe drugs being placed on the market. Jan’s slides are available here.


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