Today the last stage of the 7th Amendment to the Cosmetics Directive became legally effective. Thus, a sale and import both cosmetics as well as their ingredients and additives that have been tested on animals, is no longer permitted.

Brain researchers from Tübingen and Münster have "treated" a common variant of Parkinson's disease using a human stem cell culture thus gaining new insights in the field, without using animals.

USA: Human brain to be mapped

Tuesday, 19 February 2013 19:03

In the United States, a multi-billion dollar project named “Brain Activity Project” has been launched, with the goal of creating a detailed map of the human brain.

Researchers at the Universität Regensburg, colleagues at the Ernst-Abbe-Hochschule Jena – University of Applied Sciences led by Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Feller and four industrial partners have developed a microfluidic chip system for measuring the skin-friendliness of cosmetics.

COMBACTE: Insights From Study Samples

Monday, 18 February 2013 19:05

Clinical studies for testing new medical drugs produce considerable amounts of patient samples that would be extremely valuable for researching diseases, but which have been rarely used so far. In a new research project that is a common initiative of the European Union and the pharmaceutical industry for combating resistant bacteria, scientists now want to make use of this resource.

Species Differences: Immune System

Friday, 15 February 2013 19:20

A team of researchers led by Shaw Warren at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston has investigated differences between the immune systems of humans and mice. The researchers discovered that the gene expression of white blood cells (leukocytes) in humans after various induced inflammatory diseases differs greatly to that of various strains of mice.

In the database for alternative methods to animal experiments (AnimAlt-ZEBET), a new document is now available. It portrays progress made in the area of non-invasive MRT (magnet resonance tomography)-based procedures with special significance for cognitive neuroscience and experimental attention research.

One billion for Blue Brain Project

Monday, 28 January 2013 19:26

The Human Brain Project is one of the consortiums chosen to be part of the EU flagship initiative. The project’s initiators can look forward to receiving one billion euros in funding over a period of ten years. The goal of the Human Brain Project consortium is to model the processes in the brain in as detailed a manner as possible, to understand its functions and develop new drugs.

CULTEX Symposium: expectations fulfilled

Tuesday, 22 January 2013 19:32

On 22 January 2013 a symposium was held on the CULTEX RFS method as in vitro test on inhalation toxicity. Current results of a BMBF-funded prevalidation study conducted by three laboratories in Hannover, Munich and Mainz were presented and discussed.

The Portuguese Society for Humane Education (SPEdH) is organising the first International Conference of Alternatives to Animal Experimentation, to be held in the Fernando Lopes-Graça Auditorium, at the Fórum Municipal Romeu Correia in Almada, 26-27 January, 2013.