Despite this huge number of animals and the millions of pounds spent, we are still looking for cures for conditions such as cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease.
The Dr Hadwen Trust (DHT) is the UK’s leading non-animal medical research charity, providing grants to research projects that will replace the use of animals, saving them from the pain and trauma of experimentation and benefiting our health with more human-relevant results.
Alongside the ethical considerations of animal experimentation, there is also growing evidence that when animals are used for medical research purposes they often yield results that do not translate to the human condition.
More and more people are becoming aware that due to species differences and other limitations of animal experiments, many procedures on animals produce misleading information for predicting what happens in humans.
The DHT recently opened its first charity shop in Hitchin, Hertfordshire – taking the message to the high street that 21st century medical research can, and should, take place without using animals. The response to the shop has been incredible with many customers saying they didn’t even know that animals were used for work such as cancer or heart research. Once they do know, they undoubtedly choose to support the non-animal research being funded by the DHT.
The DHT has recently launched the Grand Challenge, a campaign to raise funds to target brain tumour research, an underfunded area of research. Building on work previously funded by the DHT, the research will use an all human model of the blood-brain barrier to investigate how brain tumours can be treated.
If you would like to take on the Grand Challenge and raise a grand (or whatever you can) to help fund innovative, human-relevant, non-animal brain tumour research or for more information on the work of the Dr Hadwen Trust, please visit www.drhadwentrust.org