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Animal Experimentation: Working Towards a Paradigm Change

Open Access (free) E-book, also available to buy in hard copy from scholarly publisher Brill

In this important new book, 51 authors critically review current animal use in science, present new and innovative non-animal approaches to address urgent scientific questions, and offer a roadmap towards an animal-free world of science.

Edited by Drs Kathrin Herrmann and Kimberley Jayne

Featuring a chapter by Kathy Archibald, Tamara Drake and Dr Robert Coleman, entitled: Replacing Animal Tests to Improve Safety for Humans

Watch a 30 minute presentation of the chapter, from the recent London Book Launch Conference, by Dr Jan Turner

 


Advancing nonclinical innovation and safety in pharmaceutical testing

Researchers, academics and representatives from the pharmaceutical industry and advocacy groups have joined together to call for a significant and urgent shift to prioritise predictive, human-based nonclinical tests.

Drug Discovery Today has published the call from participants of the Nonclinical Innovation and Patient Safety Initiative, including Dr Gerry Kenna of Safer Medicines Trust.

Read the Open Access paper


Paul Flynn 1935 – 2019

We are deeply saddened by the death of Paul Flynn MP. It was a great honour for us to have his support as a Patron. He was a politician of courage and conviction and a fearsomely talented communicator, which made him a powerful advocate for causes he cared passionately about, including social justice and improving the safety of medicines. He was a towering figure in the House of Commons and in his beloved Welsh homeland and will be greatly missed.



Safer Medicines Trust welcomes new Director

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Jan Turner as our new Director. She brings with her a wealth of experience in developing and promoting human-relevant in vitro technologies, including directing validation studies and influencing organisations such as the FDA to introduce such technologies into the early safety testing of drugs.

Dr Jan Turner

After completing her BSc in Biochemistry & Pharmacology, followed by a PhD and postdoctoral research in Genetic Toxicology, Dr Turner worked for Amersham Biosciences, subsequently GE Healthcare Life Sciences. Her roles included Development Scientist, Project Leader, Global Product Manager and Product Management Operations Leader. For the past 18 months she has been Senior Product Manager at BBI Solutions, directing global cross-functional teams and driving adoption of innovative technologies.

Jan is passionate about human-focused biomedical research and we look forward to her leadership in making medicines safer by accelerating the transition from animal-based to human-relevant drug development and testing. She says:

“I am thrilled to join Safer Medicines Trust and to work with so many talented and inspirational people towards our shared vision of a future where safe and effective treatments for patients will be delivered by scientifically valid, human-focused research.”

Kathy Archibald, our founder and Director for the past 14 years, remains the Chair of Trustees and will continue to manage Supporter Communications as the charity moves from strength to strength. She says:

“We are excited to welcome Jan to lead our team at this important time. I believe our expert team and the many visionary scientists and others with whom we collaborate will help to realise a future where better science will improve our health and save lives.”



Better science for safer medicines: the human imperative

Commentary by Kathy Archibald, Katya Tsaioun, Gerry Kenna and Pandora Pound published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine

Our commentary warns that the UK must not fall behind in the race to ‘humanise’ drug discovery. Current research models and regulation are blocking the development of human-relevant approaches to drug discovery and perpetuating animal-based approaches. The UK has world-leading research in this area but significant investment in non-animal technologies is taking place in the US and Europe. The UK should seize the initiative to revolutionise medicine through more intelligent, human-relevant research.

Read the full paper here


Is it possible to overcome issues of external validity in preclinical animal research? Why most animal models are bound to fail

New article by Dr Pandora Pound and Professor Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga published in Journal of Translational Medicine

The authors make a compelling argument that preclinical animal models can never be fully valid due to the uncertainties introduced by species differences. They suggest that to improve clinical translation and ultimately benefit patients, research should focus instead on human-relevant research methods and technologies.

Read the full paper here

 


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