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.
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
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.
By Rebecca Ram I was pleased to be invited to give a presentation on the issues concerning use of animals in research at a recent workshop hosted by Advocates for Animals, the UK’s first legal organisation devoted to animal protection. The theme of the workshop was “Animal experiments; the law, the framework and the alternatives”. […]Safer Medicines Trust at the 11th World Congress on Alternatives (WC11)
Scientific consultant Rebecca Ram presented during a virtual session as part of the ‘YOU-WC11’ mentoring programme. The session theme was ‘Challenges and Opportunities for Expanding the 3Rs’’ and was particularly aimed at early career scientists. The session was further divided to discuss two topics; ‘Dropping an R: Is it Time to Retire Refinement?‘ featuring Charu Chandrasekera of […]