Sep 14, 2023
WASHINGTON – The National Association for Biomedical Research submitted a formal petition on Monday to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Standards and Petitions Committee challenging the IUCN’s 2022 designation of long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) as “Endangered.” Filing of the formal petition follows informal discussions between scientific reviewers and the authors of the 2022 IUCN assessment upon which the recent IUCN determination is based.
Upcoming November WEBINAR: Review of the Veterinary Consortium for Research Animal Care and Welfare (VCRACW) Guide Revision Survey
Sep 14, 2023
Join us on Wednesday November 8, 2023, when Dr. Kate Storves will Review the Veterinary Consortium for Research Animal Care and Welfare (VCRACW) Guide Revision Survey. The survey was developed to provide specific input on what areas the user community thought should be prioritized in an effort to update the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (The Guide).
Jun 14, 2023
WASHINGTON – Working with recognized, independent scientists, the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR) filed a petition today with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) challenging the recent designation of the long-tailed macaque (Cynomolgus macaque) as endangered under IUCN listing criteria. This designation is a result of improperly used data that do not support species listing as endangered. NABR calls for an immediate review.
May 05, 2023
Washington, DC – Today the National Academies Committee on the State of the Science and Future Needs for Nonhuman Primate Model Systems released its consensus report Nonhuman Primate Models in Biomedical Research: State of the Science and Future Needs. National Association for Biomedical Research president Mathew R. Bailey, who testified before the committee, issued the following statement about the new report:
Jan 12, 2023
The FDA Modernization Act 2.0, passed as part of the Omnibus appropriations legislation in December of 2022, amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (21 U.S.C. 355) to clarify methods manufacturers and sponsors can use to investigate the safety and efficacy of a drug by inserting language on “nonclinical tests,” where “nonclinical tests” are defined broadly as follows :
Nov 28, 2022
The American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) is pleased to announce that the next deadline for a Grant for Laboratory Animal Science application is February 1, 2023. Applications are sought for research projects that will promote the enhancement of scientific knowledge in laboratory animal health and welfare.
Sep 29, 2022
“Biomedical research is in a position now where you have a couple of world superpowers—the US, China, and Europe—all vying for the same or similar pool of resources,” says Matthew Bailey, president of the National Association for Biomedical Research in Washington. About 60% of the 30,000 monkeys imported into the US were from China before the pandemic, he says, and the suspension of exports “has just created an incredible amount of uncertainty about the supply chain."
Jun 15, 2022
Washington, DC – National Association for Biomedical Research President Matthew R. Bailey issued the following statement regarding the June 14, 2022 decision by the New York State Court of Appeals to deny a writ of habeas corpus petition on behalf of an elephant named “Happy” at the Bronx Zoo:
May 19, 2022
Last year, the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) filed habeas corpus litigation against the Bronx Zoo on behalf of “Happy” the elephant. An appellate court dismissed NhRP’s petitions in December 2020, asserting that “the writ of habeas corpus is limited to human beings.” However, Judge Eugene M. Fahey, associate judge of the New York Court of Appeals, wrote in support of the NhRP’s position. The New York Court of Appeals later agreed to hear an appeal of the case. “Happy” would be the first elephant in the United States to have a habeas corpus hearing, according to the NhRP.
Federal Judge Orders Injunction to Protect University of Washington Committee Members Following Home Harassment, Other Threatening Incidents
May 17, 2022
Seattle, WA – A federal judge sided with members of a University of Washington research committee seeking to protect themselves and their families from escalating harassment by animal rights activists. U.S. District Judge Richard A. Jones granted a motion for preliminary injunction which prevents the University of Washington from releasing personal information requested by animal activists. If released, the details could be used to intimidate or threaten committee members.
Apr 12, 2022
The March/April LAS Pro publication includes a feature article about NABR sister organization Foundation for Biomedical Research’s polling called “Animal Research in a Time of COVID: Here’s What the Public Said.” FBR commissioned 3 polls in 2020 to find out if Americans became more supportive of animal research in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. FBR discovered that the support for animal research remains split as it had been for the past 10 years.
Apr 12, 2022
Florida Today published FBR and NABR President Matthew Bailey’s latest op-ed on the necessity of nonhuman primates in essential Alzheimer’s research. Mr. Bailey reinforced “Alzheimer’s research is a matter of life and death. But it also involves a lot of monkey business – literally.”
Feb 24, 2022
Five members of a University of Washington committee responsible for reviewing all animal-based research proposals have filed a lawsuit against the university seeking to protect themselves, their families and their colleagues from escalating hostility and harassment from activists who oppose animal research.
SfN's webinar on "How to Prepare for, Defend Against, and Recover from Animal Rights Oppositional Efforts"
Feb 15, 2022
The Society for Neuroscience hosted a webinar on "How to Prepare for, Defend Against, and Recover from Animal Rights Oppositional Efforts", which included moderator and Chair of SfN’s Animals in Research Committee Katalin Gothard, MD, PhD and panelists Eric Nestler, MD, PhD, Sharon Juliano, PhD, and Matthew Bailey, President of the National Association for Biomedical Research (NABR) and the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR).
Feb 14, 2022
With 79% of voters being against the ban, the Swiss government has REJECTED animal rights activists proposal to make Switzerland the first country to ban medical and scientific experiments on animals.
RSVP for NABR's April 2022 Webinar: Selected Events in the Evolution of the Ethics and Regulation of Research Involving Animals
Jan 12, 2022
Please join us on April 5, 2022, at 12:30 EDT, when guest speaker Dr. Ernie Prentice discusses “Selected Events in the Evolution of the Ethics and Regulation of Research Involving Animals”
Register for NASEM Virtual Workshop on ‘Variability and Relevance of Current Laboratory Mammalian Toxicity Tests and Expectations for New Approach Methods (NAMs) for use in Human Health Risk Assessment’
Dec 07, 2021
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine is hosting a workshop on Dec. 9, 2021, to discuss “critical questions: How are traditional toxicity studies used in informing chemical safety decisions? What do we know about the variability and concordance of traditional mammalian toxicity studies? What are the needs and expectations of different stakeholders? Experts from academia, industry, the government, and other organizations will explore and discuss these issues and current scientific knowledge with regard to traditional toxicity studies.”
Dec 07, 2021
The Jackson Laboratory is hosting a staff briefing with Dr. Elissa Chesler titled “Understanding Addiction: What Can We Learn From the Laboratory Mouse?” The event will be host on Thursday, Dec. 9th at 4pm ET through Zoom.
Nov 10, 2021
Each year NABR obtains information from the USDA’s Animal Care Inspection System database using the Public Search Tool to review the inspection results for the previous fiscal year and provides a review and analysis of that information. The Public Search Tool was updated in September 2020 and in addition to the inspection reports, now includes the number of Teachable Moments issued during each inspection and the actual documentation has been posted as of January 2020. The Public Search tool website now also contains information on enforcement actions including letters of warning that the USDA recently began reissuing.
Nov 10, 2021
NABR’s sister organization the Foundation for Biomedical Research put out a fabulous PSA thanking veterinarians, vet techs, animal caretakers, and lab animals for their role in COVID-19 vaccine development. The efforts of all those involved in the process deserve our appreciation. Lifesaving vaccines and treatments were not possible without medical research with animals. It’s the least we can do to say thank you to all laboratory workers. The foundation educates and informs the public about the important role of animal models for therapeutics, drugs, and vaccines. Please share FBR’s video “Meet the Unsung COVID-19 Vaccine Heroes” with your network.
Nov 03, 2021
The Washington Post published a letter to the editor called “Medical development without animal testing is the goal, but we’re not there yet” on Tuesday. The piece was authored by SfN Committee on Animals in Research Chair, Katalin Gothard.
Sep 14, 2021
There have been numerous controversies surrounding whether Pfizer, Moderna, and the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines had gone through animal testing. USA Today fact-checked this myth and confirmed that all COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the United States have undergone animal testing. During each vaccine’s animal testing trials, “the vaccines showed they effectively limit COVID-19 contraction. … The FDA referenced these studies in the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines’ Emergency Use Authorization forms, and an FDA spokesperson confirmed this claim is false.” Full story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2021/09/10/fact-check-pfizer-moderna-johnson-johnson-covid-vaccines-animal-studies/8262536002/
Sep 29, 2021
Join us on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 12:30 p.m. EST when Jerrold Tannenbaum returns to our webinar series with a new presentation titled “Follow the Science! Why the Pursuit of Knowledge – and not ‘Harm-Benefit Analysis’ – is the Key to Scientifically and Ethically Sound Animal Research.”
Sep 29, 2021
On Oct. 27-28, The Jackson Laboratory will hold the 2021 JAX Healthcare Forum to discuss the “post COVID world” and the current landscape of the biomedical research community.
Sep 02, 2021
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is now accepting online applications for licenses and registrations under the Animal Welfare Act (AWA). The application process has become more user-friendly and revised as part of “APHIS’ commitment to improve customer experience by reducing regulatory burden and offering intuitive, user-friendly digital experiences.”
Sep 02, 2021
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at NIH reported on its website how the agency’s decades-long support helped to develop a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The agency acknowledged that animal studies will continue to be essential in providing vital information as new SARS-COV-2 variants emerge. Before a vaccine can be tested in humans, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requires a vaccine to be tested in animals to ensure safety and effectiveness.
Aug 12, 2021
In response to the 21st Century Cures Act, NIH’s Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) and the USDA created a guide notice (NOT-OD-21-164) to provide flexibilities for conducting semiannual inspections of animal facilities that may reduce administrative burden. The guidance clarifies the nine flexibilities that institutions can implement to reduce administrative burden.
Aug 12, 2021
The European Animal Research Association (EARA) recently shared the European Commission’s comprehensive statistics on all animals, across the EU, used in scientific, medical, and veterinary research for 2018.
May 04, 2021
NABR is once again pleased to announce the return of one of its most requested webinars, the Ninth Edition of "Q&A with the USDA." Join USDA-APHIS Animal Care’s Drs. Elizabeth Theodorson, assistant deputy administrator, and Rosemary Sifford, associate deputy administrator, for "Q&A with the USDA: The Ninth Edition” on Tuesday, July 20 at 12:30 p.m. EDT.
May 04, 2021
Yesterday, The Detroit News published FBR and NABR President Matthew R. Bailey’s op-ed on why research monkeys are necessary to advance medical therapies. Mr. Bailey discusses that “scientists are concerned that new COVID-19 variants popping up around the globe will evolve and could potentially thwart the treatments they’ve developed. Vaccines have proven effective against them.” “However, Brazil’s P.1 variant, which has been detected in many U.S. states, is particularly concerning, since it can re-infect people who have already had other versions of the coronavirus,” he continued.
Apr 27, 2021
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Institute for Laboratory Animal Research (ILAR) is seeking applicants for a Program Officer. Some responsibilities entail “developing and managing one or more of the organization's programs or projects with minimal oversight by Director or Senior Program Officer” and developing “program or project strategy and budget, supervises staff, and ensures program or project meets objectives.” Some qualifications include a master’s degree in a related field, 3 years of related professional experience, and demonstrating a high level in understanding scientific, technical, and policy.
Apr 27, 2021
On April 8th, Elon Musk’s company Neuralink released a short clip demonstrating their 9-year-old macaque monkey named Pager. Pager, who has been fitted with a Neuralink brain chip. The brain implant has allowed Pager to play “MingPong” telepathically. This development demonstrates the future ability to help individuals with paralysis to use a computer or smartphone by simply imagining the hand movements they would need to operate it.
Apr 15, 2021
Decades of humane and responsible animal research laid the foundation for the development of successful COVID-19 vaccines in record time. Check out Reuter's recent fact check: https://www.reuters.com/article/factcheck-covid-vaccines/fact-check-covid-19-vaccines-are-not-experimental-and-they-have-not-skipped-trial-stages-idUSL1N2M70MW
Mar 24, 2021
Please join us on April 20th for the second of NABR’s 2021 webinar series, “The 2020 USDA Oversight Process.” Each year NABR obtains information from the USDA’s Animal Care Inspection System database to review the inspection results for the previous fiscal year and provides a review and analysis of that information in the first webinar of the year.
Mar 08, 2021
NABR Board member Dr. Marina Emborg and University of Wisconsin-Madison neuroscientist Su-Chun Zhang discussed their success in avoiding complications with nonhuman primates (NHP) immune systems with the neurons created from induced pluripotent stem cells in a Nature Medicine study published Monday. The researchers demonstrated the reversal of Parkinson’s symptoms, such as debilitating movement and depression, in NHPs is possible.
Sep 28, 2020
In addition to recent stories in The Atlantic, USA Today, and The Independent highlighting an emerging shortage in research NHP availability, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research Infrastructure Programs (ORIP) issued notice number NOT-OD-20-173 titled “Notice of Limited Availability of Research Non-human Primates.”
Feb 04, 2021
The Orlando Sentinel in Florida published FBR's latest op-ed on the importance of animal research for coronavirus vaccine development today. FBR President Matthew Bailey wrote: "More than 32 million doses of coronavirus vaccine have been administered in the United States, according to Feb. 3 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Feb 23, 2021
In a recently released New York Times article, NABR President Matthew Bailey speaks on the US nonhuman primate shortage. The development of COVID-19 vaccine has demonstrated the essential need of nonhuman primates, who share more than 90% of human DNA. The result of China’s export ban on nonhuman primates has greatly affected biomedical research in the US stemming from COVID-19 studies to Alzheimer studies.
Feb 09, 2021
Since the beginning of 2020, China placed an export ban on nonhuman primates from entering almost every continent. The result of this ban has greatly affected biomedical research in the UK, Europe, and the US. The US has become reliant on China’s export to test for new treatments for cardiovascular diseases, neurological disorder and cancers. Executive director of European Animal Research Association, Kirk Leech, mentions “as China is the primary source of NHPs purpose-bred for scientific purposes, this ban has had a dramatic impact on both the supply and the cost of NHPs around the world and the ability of researchers to access the animals essential for the development of new vaccines and medicines.”
Feb 04, 2021
National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) will release a prerecorded webinar on March 11 hosted by Dr. Patricia Brown (NIH), Dr. Betty Goldentyer (USDA), and Brianna Skinner (FDA). The webinar, titled “21st Century Cures Act: Update on Implementation,” will focus on updates from the NIH, USDA, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on their progress in applying the recommended measures of the 21st Century Cures Act.
Feb 04, 2021
Recently, several representative veterinarians from the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine (ACLAM), American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners (ASLAP), American Association of Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS), and Association of Primate Veterinarians (APV) have come together and formed a new group called the Veterinary Consortium for Research Animal Care and Welfare. The group's mission is to “provide accurate information on the care and use of research animals to inform the public, lawmakers, and the scientific community about the veterinary care and welfare of these animals.”
Jan 26, 2021
The AAALAC International Executive Office is requesting nominations for individuals who have demonstrated “a strong and abiding commitment to advancing animal welfare and science through promotion of the highest standards of animal care in research, testing, and education.” The award honors the late Dr. Bennett J. Cohen, who contributed to the establishment of AAALAC, AALAS, ACLAM, and other animal science organizations.
USDA’s Proposed Rulemaking on Regulation of the Movement of Animals Modified or Developed by Genetic Engineering
Dec 29, 2020
In response to President Trump’s Executive Order on agricultural biotechnology, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has released an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) seeking to establish regulations for the movement of certain animals modified and/or developed through genetic engineering.
Dec 09, 2020
NABR members are invited to join NABR and the AWIC team on Jan. 12, 2021 from 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. EST as they discuss the products and services offered at the National Agricultural Library (NAL) and specifically the Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC).
Oct 28, 2020
National Association for Biomedical Research President Matthew R. Bailey issued the following statement commending the efforts of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director to streamline permitting actions for wildlife under CITES and other laws.
Oct 09, 2020
Dr. Nancy Haigwood, current NABR board member and director of the Oregon National Primate Research Center, told Science this week that more comparative studies with primates are needed in order to build comprehensive data around the safest and most effective vaccines for COVID-19. According to Haigwood, “We should take a cold, hard look at all of the data and ask ourselves, ‘What appears to work best?’”
Oct 19, 2020
NABR Members are invited to join NABR on Wednesday December 9th at 12:30 p.m. EST when Jerrold Tannebaum returns to our webinar series to discuss “Animal Ethics, Animal Ideology, and the Defense of Animal Research: Why Appealing to Science and the Benefits of Research Alone Will Not Work.”
Oct 26, 2020
NABR is excited to announce our participation in this year’s AALAS National Meeting. Although this year’s meeting will be virtual, NABR is looking forward to connecting with attendees online.
Sep 28, 2020
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) House of Delegates (HOD) recently approved revisions to its policies on transportation of research animals and on antiparasitic resistance.
Aug 31, 2020
As NABR members well know, the ability of biomedical research institutions to obtain necessary NHP models has become increasingly more challenging due to pressure from animal rights groups, shifting political priorities, and a general lack of awareness of the problems.
Aug 26, 2020
The Wisconsin National Primate Research Center launched their new Primate Info Net (PIN), which provides resources surrounding nonhuman primates. PIN displays “primates in the news, educational resources, such as the always popular primate species fact sheets, information services and research resources.”
Aug 18, 2020
On Aug. 17, 2020, The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) confirmed the first cases of SARS-Co-V-2, within the US, in mink located in two farms in Utah. Individuals that had close contact with the mink have tested positive for Covid-19.
Aug 18, 2020
In The Buffalo News, NABR President Matthew Bailey spoke about the critical role of animal models in evaluating candidate COVID-19 vaccines. Mr. Bailey stated “the leading Covid-19 vaccines selected to participate in Operation Warp Speed have all undergone extensive animal testing and will go through additional research in animals to prove that they’re safe at the same time they’re going through clinical trials in humans.”
Aug 13, 2020
As NABR members are fully aware, the research community continues to face numerous challenges acquiring the most scientifically appropriate models for research, especially nonhuman primates.
Jul 23, 2020
NABR members will remember that last year Congress, being divided politically between a Democratic House and Republican Senate, struggled to pass critical appropriations bills until the eleventh hour.
Jul 01, 2020
A National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) study has confirmed that the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) canine research is “scientifically necessary” for research that benefits Veterans.
Jun 22, 2020
As reported by animal research organizations in Europe, The European Parliament’s Committee on Petitions has responded to an animal rights petition seeking a “Europe-wide moratorium on the use of animals in scientific research.”
Jun 22, 2020
The Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) posted a blog post by Steven Wise on May 14 expressing disappointment in a ruling from the Connecticut Appellate Court regarding their attempts to gain human-equivalent rights for Elephants in a local zoo.
Jun 22, 2020
NABR is once again pleased to announce the return of one of its most requested webinars, the Eighth Edition of "Q&A with the USDA."
Jun 22, 2020
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) announced on June 2 that they have confirmed a case of COVID-19 in a pet dog in New York.
Jun 22, 2020
On May 19, 2020, Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced a bill tentatively titled the “Global Wildlife Health and Pandemic Prevention Act.”
Feb 19, 2020
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director, Francis Collins, has released a statement today regarding the retirement of their aging Alamogordo chimpanzees.
Feb 19, 2020
The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare has ruled that research involving canine models conducted at four Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers is in compliance with animal welfare guidelines.
Feb 19, 2020
As you may be aware, NABR has filed an official complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding the refusal of major airlines to carry animals for the purpose of research.
Feb 19, 2020
NABR has filed an official complaint with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding the refusal of major airlines to carry animals for the purpose of research.