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.

Prof. Dr. Oliver Weingart together with Prof. Martin Loessner from the ETH Zurich in collaboration with the Spiez Laboratory in Switzerland developed a new test system which could test on botulinum neurotoxin without the use of mice in future. Using synthetically produced lipid membrane vesicles the test method measures the toxic activity of the nerve toxin.

Researchers have demonstrated a new technology that combines a laser and electric fields to create tiny centrifuge-like whirlpools to separate particles and microbes by size, a potential lab-on-a-chip system for medicine and research.

Using Functional Magnetic Resonance imaging (fMRI) Andreas Schindler and Andreas Bartels from Tübingen University Excellence Cluster CIN have investigated how brain represents the area outside the field of view.

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) approved a patent for Axiogenesis AG for the invention of its in vitro assay to screen pharmaceutical drug candidates for effectiveness and safety in treating Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM).

Israel bans cosmetics tested on animals

Thursday, 03 January 2013 19:41

With the January 1, 2013, import, marketing of cosmetics, detergents tested on animals officially barred by law. The new law was enacted as an addition to a law enacted in 2007, which banned animal testing in the Israeli Cosmetics Industry altogether.

Dr. Ralf Herwig from the work group for bioinformatics at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin is this year’s recipient of the Animal Welfare Research Award 2012, awarded by the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV). The award is in recognition of his development of a systems biological method for assessing the carcinogenicity of chemicals in the liver.

As the first the American company Allergan has been developed an animal-free in vitro test procedure for assessing the company´s own Botolinum toxins serotype A (BoNT/A). Currently a publication on this test method has been released in the Open Access publishing PLOS One.

The Albstadt-Sigmaringen University can be proud of: be: They are be funded with 300,000 euros by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research for their project, "MitoFunk: Biology of aging processes".

ECEAE given stakeholder status at Caracal

Monday, 19 November 2012 20:50

The European Commission has granted stakeholder status to the European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) for the meetings of the Competent Authorities for REACH and CLP (Caracal). The seat will be shared with a second European animal welfare organisation, Eurogroup for Animals.