Dog Study Shows Promise for Curing Late-Stage Eye Disease

According to an article posted on, a significant new study with canines successfully preserved the vision of dogs suffering with naturally occurring, late-stage retinitis pigmentosa.  The article, “Animal study shows benefit from gene therapy in late-stage eye disease,” notes that until now, studies had shown promise of gene therapy but only if used in early stages of the disease.

This taxpayer-funded research, funded by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Eye Institute (NEI) showed improved retinal cells and prevented vision loss for two years in dogs.  This is an important advancement as NEI scientists expect human trials to being in a few years.  Retinitis pigmentosa is the most common inherited disease causing degeneration of the retina with approximately 1 in 4,000 peopled impacted by the mutation of the RPGR (retinitis pigmentosa GTPase regulator) gene.

To learn more about this discovery, please read the article by clicking here.

NABR Compiles Valuable Information on Importance of Cats in Biomedical Research

In order to provide NABR’s members and the public with the most current and vital information about the important role that specific animal models play in the endeavor to conquer illness and disease, NABR has posted a page about the influence of feline models on biomedical research.  The information about cats joins NABR’s pages about other research animals like rodents, dogs, and nonhuman primates.

NABR’s review of feline models covers the influence they have had on aging and Alzheimer’s, cancer, genetics, heart disease, HIV/AIDS, and vision research.  There are between 75-80 million cats in American homes today and given their immense popularity, this resource should provide a better understanding into the work to keep cats living longer and healthier lives while helping humans, as well.

To read NABR’s review of feline research, please take a moment to click here.

Blast from the Past: C. Everett Koop Explains Importance of Animal Research

Most are familiar with Dr. C. Everett Koop’s illustrious medical career full of amazing achievements.  But did you know that the former Surgeon General was vocal about the importance of ethical and humane research with animals?  Twenty-five years ago Dr. Koop was featured in a brief public service announcement produced by the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) very strongly explaining how significant animal research has been on modern medicine.

Please take a moment to view FBR’s 1990 PSA with Dr. Koop by clicking here and feel free to share it with your friends, family, colleagues, and on social media.


Last Week’s NABR-Exclusive Webinar Now Available for Online Viewing

Last week's NABR webinar, “It’s Not the Same Old Same Old: Completing Your 2015 Annual Report,” is now available online for on-demand viewing.  If you missed the webinar or would like to watch it again, it has been posted in the Members Only section of our website.

Please click here to view “It’s Not the Same Old Same Old: Completing Your 2015 Annual Report.”  You will need your NABR members-only log-in credentials to watch the presentation.

If you have problems logging in, please contact us at

USA Today Op-Ed by FBR’s President: “We’re Killing Chimps with Kindness”

The Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) continues to receive national attention for its effort to educate the public on the vital importance of animal research for both human and animal benefit.  Moments ago, USA Today featured an opinion piece by Frankie Trull, President FBR, discussing the pitfalls of a recent decision by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) to classify captive chimpanzees as endangered species.

In, "We're Killing Chimps with Kindness," Ms. Trull discusses how the FWS’ recent re-designation of chimpanzees to the “endangered” list is effectively signing the death warrants for countless chimps.  She discusses the promising species-preserving research that will be lost to unnecessary regulation noting, "the move will effectively halt U.S. medical research with chimps — research that is moving ever-closer to yielding a vaccine for Ebola, which has wiped out one of every three great apes over the last two decades."

To read today's coverage of this important issue, please click here.  USA Today is the nation's top newspaper in circulation reaching 4,139,380 people.  Today's coverage is the latest addition to FBR coverage in other significant news outlets like the Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Sun-Times, and the Tampa Tribune.

If you'd like to help FBR continue spreading the word on the critical importance of humane animal research, please share "We're Killing Chimps with Kindness" with your friends, family, colleagues and on social media.  You can make a difference by donating to FBR by clicking below or by calling (202) 457-0654.


Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day!

Next Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day in several parts of the country.

Gubernatorial seats in Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi will be up for grabs as well as several other statewide executive positions.  Elections for seats in state legislatures will also be happening in Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia.  A number of large cities will also be holding mayoral elections and other positions and ballot measures will be up for a vote in various locations.

If you live in any of these areas, don’t forget to head to the polls to exercise your right to vote on Tuesday, November 3!

FBR Releases Updated Informational Tools for Public Education

Time and time again, animal rights narrators give inaccurate information about the ethical and humane use of animals in lifesaving and life-improving biomedical research. Therefore, the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR), has released newly updated versions of their widely acclaimed “Fact vs. Myth” and “Proud Achievements of Animal Research,” pamphlets to help address perpetually repeated falsehoods and present the truth to the public.

“Facts vs. Myth” challenges misrepresentations by animal rights groups with facts showing the importance of animal research for human and animal benefit, while highlighting the imperative of excellent animal care. To further these points, FBR updated “Proud Achievements of Animal Research,” which dives deeper into the role played by these models in most medical breakthroughs. Antibiotics, analgesics, antidepressants, organ transplants, joint replacement, and other therapies have all been developed with the humane use of animal models. In fact, the Top 25 Most Prescribed Drugs were created with the assistance of a wide range of laboratory animals.

Please share these pamphlets with your friends, family, neighbors, and on social media. Online versions are available at the links above or, if you’d like hard copies for your school or events, please contact FBR at (202) 457-0654 or email

Over 60 Institutions Sign Letter to Congress Supporting H.R. 3136

Today, NABR delivered a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives announcing support for H.R. 3136.  This letter, signed by over 60 universities, scientific societies, associations, and companies, urges immediate passage of this important transparency improving legislation.

The Enforcement Transparency Act (H.R. 3136) would require the USDA to release the guidelines used by Investigative and Enforcement Services (IES) at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in the formulation of any civil penalties for violations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA).

This common-sense, bipartisan bill will provide the research community and the public a much greater understanding of how penalties are calculated for enforcement actions by USDA.  Currently, USDA subjectively determines AWA penalties on a case-by-case basis, and the results are unpredictable and inconsistent. These guidelines were once publicly available, but in recent years USDA has chosen to deny the research community and Members of Congress access to them. The last available AWA penalty guidelines are now outdated.

To read NABR's talking points on the ETA, please click here.

Please contact your Congressman TODAY and urge him or her to cosponsor and support H.R. 3136.  Click here to use NABR's Capwiz system to send an email directly to their offices and please encourage your friends, family, and coworkers to do the same.

Official at University of Washington Vocally Defends Animal Research

In an interview printed yesterday in The Daily, the student newspaper of the University of Washington, Dr. David Anderson voiced his support for animal research at the university, stressing the immense importance of ethical and humane medical research with animal models.

The Q&A with Dr. Anderson, the Executive Director of UW’s Health Sciences Administration and Institutional Official of the Animal Care and Research Program, clearly and concisely outlines the value of animal models in modern day biomedical research.  He highlights such points as the impact on modern day healthcare, use of alternatives, oversight, and animal care.  After reading the piece, one commenter wrote, “Thank you for presenting a balanced story on a challenging issue. I appreciate you showing the truth about animal research in response to the misinformation routinely stated by the animal activism leadership. Biomedical research will save lives and improve health in both human and animal populations and should be supported. The University of Washington is a world leader in medical advances and I'm proud to be an alumni.”

NABR applauds Dr. Anderson for speaking out in support of the issue as he, himself, has been the target of animal rights protests.  According to the article, his home has been targeted by protesters over the construction of a new lab animal facility on the UW campus.

To read, “Moment of science: Why animal testing is essential for medical progress,” the question and answer session with Dr. Anderson, please click here.

Is AAAS Anti-Science?

NABR and its members have been watching with growing concern as Science and ScienceInsider have repeatedly covered animal research issues from the perspective of anti-animal research sources such as People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Beagle Freedom Project (BFP).

As a result, NABR President Frankie Trull again has written to both the CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the Science news editor expressing disappointment with the coverage starting as early as 2010, but increasing in frequency during 2015. Her letter contains a partial list of 16 examples that have tended to portray certain animal research models in a negative light, whether directly or by implication. She provides not only the basic reasons many of the news features were objectionable, but also questions why Science chose not to report on other important animal research stories, which were found newsworthy by major media such as The Atlantic, PBS Newshour and the New York Times. Trull concludes, “ . . . AAAS publications seem to have spoken with their silence by providing no coverage on this contentious debate. Many biomedical researchers are now questioning whether AAAS publications have abandoned their biomedical research constituents in favor of groups with animal rights agendas.”

Please read the full NABR letter, review the Science and ScienceInsider coverage and decide if AAAS’ commitment to scientific rigor and factual evidence is lacking. NABR would appreciate hearing your opinions on the subject and receiving any suggestions for further actions at

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