№ 231/2014 from Jun 24, 2014
On July 4 a new research platform will be officially opened at Freie Universität. It aims to reduce and replace animal testing. The initiators of the Berlin-Brandenburg research platform BB3R are striving for the development of alternative methods to animal testing as well as more animal-friendly techniques. The research platform includes the graduate program "Innovations in 3R Research – Genetic Engineering, Tissue Engineering, and Bioinformatics." It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. The abbreviation "3R" refers to the objectives of this research: the reduction, refinement, and replacement of animal experiments. The opening ceremony will take place as part of the 2014 Pharmacy Day. It is public, and admission is free. Informal registration is requested by sending an email to: email@example.com.
"To ensure the safety of human beings when they use newly developed medications, it is not currently possible to replace all animal testing," says Professor Monika Schäfer-Korting, executive vice president of Freie Universität Berlin and spokesperson for the new research platform. "However, the scientists in Berlin and Brandenburg are working to replace more animal testing and to make indispensable testing gentler, and where possible, to achieve equally good research results using fewer animals." The graduate program is a new opportunity for giving doctoral students working in these areas systematic and comprehensive training.