AusSMC Briefing: Do we need to use animals in research?

AusSMC Briefing: Do we need to use animals in research?

16th February, 2016

Australian Science Media Centre

Briefing recording now availableFollowing the introduction of a private members bill to ban the importation of primates for research, animal research has once again hit the headlines, but scientists have remained largely silent on this issue.  In fact, you could say the scientific community has spent many years being afraid to talk about animal research. But should scientist be more open about how and why they use animals in research? And do we still need to do research on animals?

The briefing will bring together three leading experts to discuss the following issues:

  • Do we still need to do research on animals?
  • Why do we need primate research?
  • Why does it all feel so secretive?
  • Are we using more or less animals in research?

Speakers:

  • Professor Doug Hilton is the Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and President of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes
  • Associate Professor James Bourne is a researcher at Monash University. He is Chair, Nonhuman Primate Breeding and Research Facility Board and conducts research on non-human primates
  • Dr Malcolm France is vet and an assessor for two standards authorities and is Chair of an Animal Ethics Committee. He was inaugural President of the Australian and New Zealand Laboratory Animal Association