#ThrowbackThursday Video: Will I Be Alright, Doctor?

“Will I be alright, doctor?”  This is a question that doctors in America hear thousands of times through the course of their medical career. But did you know it is also the title of the Foundation for Biomedical Research’s (FBR) first educational film on the subject of animal research?

Will I Be Alright, Doctor?” first premiered at a Capitol Hill reception in Washington, DC in 1984 to great acclaim.  The video, narrated by pediatric cardiologist Dr. Allan Goldblatt, was created to show the public the critical importance of animal research in discovering new medicines, treatments, and surgical techniques to better improve global human and animal health.

Please take a few minutes to watch this highly regarded documentary and please share it with your family, friends, colleagues, and on social media.  To view, “Will I Be Alright, Doctor?” please click here or view the video below.

 

 

Big Milestones in the Race for President Just Weeks Away

This year is an important election year as Americans will go to the polls in November to elect the nation's 45th President. The race will start with a fever pitch in 2016 with two key contests: the New Hampshire primary and the Iowa caucus.

The Iowa caucus is scheduled for Monday, February 1 and the New Hampshire primary is slated for the following week on Tuesday, February 9. "Super Tuesday," a day of 14 primaries and caucuses, is a few weeks later on March 1. Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and Virginia will hold contests on Super Tuesday.

The results of these dates will be important in deciding the candidates for each party so please be sure to go to the polls or caucus to make your voice heard.

For the most up-to-date election results please check your inbox for the NABR Update or check your favorite local or national media outlet.

How You Can Help Change Minds about Animal Research

Earlier today, the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) blogged about a very simple and quick way that the pro-research community can stand-up and help change the public’s perception about vital life-saving and life-improving animal research: commenting in the digital age.

Don’t be shy.  When you read a new story about animal research, regardless of the viewpoint of the article, share your pro-research perspective in the comments section.  Don’t be afraid to use your expertise to help others understand the importance of research animals in scientific discovery.  After all, they support it.  Polling shows that support for animal research jumps to over 75% when the specific goals of animal research, like vaccines for infectious diseases, cures for terminal illnesses and new treatments for degenerative brain diseases, are explained.

Voicing your support and clarifying the issue in the comments section of media reports will only help boost this public support.  To read FBR’s posting on this and to learn more about how you can help quell the spread of misinformation on animal research, please click here.

Congress Needs to Hear from You!

Congress returns from its holiday recess today to begin the last half of its session.  As they get back to work, it is important that your Congressman hear from constituents that support H.R. 3136, the Enforcement Transparency Act (ETA).  Congressional support for H.R. 3136 is building and hearing from supporters like you will help ignite further interest in the bill.

NABR's Capwiz system makes it quick and easy to send a pre-written (but editable) message of support to your Congressman.    Please take a moment to urge your Congressman to cosponsor and support H.R. 3136!

H.R. 3136 would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture (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, which are still posted on USDA's website (see page 44), have been revised five times and are now outdated. To read NABR's talking points on the ETA, please click here.

This right to know is the soul of open, transparent government, especially when the issuance of financial penalties could impact American competitiveness. If the general public can have knowledge of other penalties like littering, jaywalking, or speeding, the same should apply to laws enforced by USDA.

Again, 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.

Reserve Your Spot for NABR’s Upcoming Webinar!

Interest in NABR's next webinar, "The 2015 USDA Inspection Data: Reporting from a Different Perspective," has surpassed our expectations and we're already approaching record attendance. Space is becoming very limited so please register ASAP if you have not done so already.

"The 2015 USDA Inspection Data: Reporting from a Different Perspective," scheduled for Tuesday, January 12, 2016 will provide new details on the USDA's inspection process.

Each year, NABR analyzes the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal Care Inspection System database to review the inspection results for the previous years. This year, however, NABR’s experts were unable to conduct their yearly review as the key export function utilized in the past was no longer functional. This led to a thorough review of all inspection reports with citations and in that effort NABR’s team gained a new insight into the inspection process.

In “The 2015 USDA Inspection Data: Reporting from a Different Perspective,” NABR will share with you these new observations and provide valuable information that will help you in managing your own animal care and use program.

Space is limited for this webinar and will likely run out quickly so please register ASAP!

Reserve your spot today to join us on January 12, 2016!

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Dogs’ Role in Cancer Research Featured in Latest FBR Editorial

On Saturday, December 26, the New York Daily News featured an op-ed written by Frankie Trull, the President of the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR), covering the important role that man’s best friend plays in conquering cancer.

The editorial, “Animal-rights groups dog cancer research,” discusses how animal rights groups like the Beagle Freedom Project (BFP) are putting the lives of dogs and humans in danger by campaigning against animal research that is saving the lives of both species. Trull notes the results of two cancer studies involving dogs that yielded promising results and that opportunities for canines to receive cutting-edge cancer therapies are increasing rapidly.  In fact, the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Comparative Oncology Trials Consortium is currently operating dog trials at 20 institutions around the country.

Why would animal rights groups oppose such research?  Animal rights groups want to end all animal research.  As Trull notes in her op-ed, “If they succeed, many cancer patients — across multiple species — will die. Who knows how long it will take to cure cancer if scientists are precluded from using some of the most effective research techniques available to them.  And that’s to say nothing of the dogs who will die along the way.”

The New York Daily News is one of the top 10 papers in the U.S.  Thus far in 2015, FBR editorials have appeared in 4 out of the top 10 newspapers in the country.  To view other stories from FBR’s media campaign, please click here.

Please click here to read the editorial.  To learn more about dogs in biomedical research, please click here.

Please help FBR continue spreading the word on the critical importance of humane animal research, and share "Animal-rights groups dog cancer research" 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.

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Legal Sea Foods CEO Gets Poetic About Zebrafish

The seafood restaurant chain Legal Sea Foods has always been known for their high quality, delicious meals and catchy commercials.  One of their radio ads in particular is of direct interest to the animal research community.

Thanks to NABR’s friends at the Massachusetts Society for Medical Research (MSMR), we were able to get a recording of a radio commercial narrated by Roger Berkowitz, Legal Sea Foods’ President and CEO.  Berkowitz waxes poetic about the vital benefits of Zebrafish in genetic research at Boston Children’s Hospital in the battle to cure cancer.

Please click here to hear the commercial.

Pro-Animal Research Op-Ed Featured Today in The Hill

Just this morning, the Capitol Hill newspaper and news site The Hill featured an op-ed discussing the critical importance of humane animal research in neuroscience and other fields of research.  The piece was penned by Hollis Cline, President of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) and Hahn Professor of Neuroscience at The Scripps Research Institute, and Mar Sanchez.  Sanchez is associate professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University, affiliate scientist in the Division of Developmental and Cognitive Neuroscience at Yerkes National Research Primate Center, and chair of the SfN’s Committee on Animals in Research (CAR).

Cline and Sanchez set the record straight by discussing the influential role that animal research has played in studying how the brain works so that revolutionary advancements could be brought to fruition.  Breakthroughs in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, the development of brain-controlled prosthetic devices for lost limbs and life-improving medications for those suffering from schizophrenia all owe their success to research with animals.  The authors even go further by noting that animal models have been the basis for nearly every medical discovery in the past century and cite NABR’s Top 25 Most Prescribed Drugs.

Animal research is an undeniably important component to medical discovery as Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), noted at the 2015 SfN Annual Meeting when he said, “We have to continually make the case for how valuable it has been to study animals in order to learn almost everything we know about how biology works.” He continued on to affirm the importance of non-human primates and other animals.

Today’s feature in The Hill follows a letter sent to Collins from Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and 27 other Democrats calling for the retirement of primates from a Poolesville, MD NIH research facility.

To read today’s piece in The Hill, please click here.

2016 State Legislative Sessions to Begin Soon

As 2015 winds to a close, state legislatures across the country are gearing-up to begin their 2016 legislative sessions.  Many states have begun prefiling legislation for the upcoming session and NABR is actively scanning through these bills to analyze any potential impact on biomedical research.

To view a calendar of the projected session dates of the state legislatures across the country, please click here.

NABR expects 2016 to be a particularly busy year on the state front so please continue to check www.NABR.org for updates on pertinent state legislation or be sure to check your inbox for the latest edition of NABR’s biweekly newsletter, the NABR Update.

The Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) Needs Your Help

If you haven’t already, please consider a personal donation to the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR).  For thirty-five years, FBR has served as the predominant and preeminent voice for the biomedical research community on the importance of humane and responsible animal research.  It is FBR that communicates with the press and the public about an issue that is controversial and emotional.  Universities, companies and researchers depend on FBR to speak out on their behalf and FBR has done this well throughout its history.

With public awareness, video, educational and media campaigns, they've shown the critical role animal research plays in fighting diseases that affect both people and animals. In 2015, FBR landed in the opinion pages of two of the country’s three top newspapers: The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.  Last week, they were nominated for their 11th Emmy Award for their TV episode on Alzheimer’s disease research, featuring legendary basketball coach Pat Summitt.

FBR speaks for institutions and individuals, but they can’t do their job without the involvement and representation of all of you.  That’s why your tax-deductible, charitable donation to FBR is important. Every contribution, large or small, makes a huge difference to FBR.  As the end of the year approaches, please consider giving what you can, whether it’s $15, $50, $1000 or anything in between.  It all matters.

Thanks for your consideration and generosity. Together we will continue to make a difference.

 

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