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Joint response to the Weatherall report

11 June 2007

The UK’s leading funders of biomedical science have published their joint response to the independent report by Professor Sir David Weatherall FRS FMedSci on the use of non-human primates in research.

The combined response from funders including BBSRC states their continued support for the use of non-human primates for carefully selected research questions subject to rigorous assessment of animal welfare, the potential scientific and medical benefits and the unavailability of other approaches.

The Weatherall report, released in December 2006, identified a strong case for maintaining work on non-human primates for defined questions of biological or medical importance.

In their response, the funding bodies support a more integrated approach to non-human primate research in the UK. They support the development of a national strategy, bringing together scientists, industry, animal welfare organisations, regulators, research funders and other stakeholders to consider improvements in networks between existing facilities and the establishment of specialised centres of excellence.

 

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