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The annual Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is an international award which honors early-career scientists for their outstanding contributions to neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology.

On May 31 and June 1, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) hosted a two-day workshop in Helsinki to discuss with various stakeholders how to accelerate the transition to an animal-free chemical evaluation system. The main goal of the workshop was to better understand each other, as all stakeholders took different perspectives. Meanwhile, researchers are considering how an exit strategy could succeed.

According to a report in the medical journal "Ärzteblatt", the German Society for Endocrinology (DGE) has spoken out in favor of further reducing animal experiments. That could also succeed, because animal-free methods become ever better, so DGE vice-president Jan Tuckermann.

The mouse in autism research is this year's laboratory animal of the year. In this english issue, the German Association for Animal Rights discusses the reasons why the rodent is not a suitable research "model" and presents animal-free methods.

In order to find a way to treat aggressive and persistent tumors of the nervous system in children, called neuroblastomas, researchers from Berlin, Cologne, Würzburg and Tübingen are taking a new, interdisciplinary approach.

In a patient study, a team led by postdoctoral researcher Dr. Bruna Bellaver of the University of Pittsburgh has found out an important role of astroglia in the development of Alzheimer's disease.

According to the German Press Agency (dpa), head of the Darmstadt-based Dax company Merck, Belén Garijo, wants to significantly reduce the number of animal tests for the development and product safety of drugs and chemicals in the coming years.

Last week, Maryland Governor Wes Moore signed HB 626/SB 560 a bill into law.

On Saturday, June 17, the Berlin Animal Welfare Awards will be given in four categories. Among them is a prize for animal-free, humane teaching endowed with € 5,000. Berlin students are called upon to propose lecturers who teach animal-consumption-free courses in medicine, veterinary medicine as well as life sciences and who help to educate the next generation to become empathetic physicians, veterinarians, and scientists through their animal-friendly teaching.

Earlier this month, the Maryland state legislature passed a bill requiring animal-testing companies and universities to pay into a new fund dedicated to promoting alternative research approaches.