The Evolution of Animal Research

Oct 18, 2013

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Almost every cure and treatment of diseases exists thanks to medical research on animals. Through animal research, we can understand the addictive nature of Oreos like in a study from Connecticut College recently, and Macaques are crucial for the development of AIDS vaccine strategies. We’ll find out why certain animals work best for certain studies, some big challenges in finding the healthiest control subjects, and more.


  • Dr. Joseph Schroeder is the chair of the Animal Care and Use Committee and director of the Laboratory Animal Care Facility at Connecticut College.
  • Dr. Mark Mattson is the Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging. He is also Professor of Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Dr. Bob Adams is an Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
  • Dr. Andrew Rowan is the President & CEO of Humane Society International.

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