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3Rs research work wins honours

Scientists from across the word, who have demonstrated significant and innovative contributions to reducing, replacing, or refining the use of animals in research, have been recognised in the latest Global 3Rs Award Program.

Europe winner Dr Laura Calvillo of Istituto Auxologico Italiano, Italy, developed an in vitro model to reduce the use of animals in the study of the nervous-cardiovascular system.

Meanwhile the Pacific Rim winner, Professor Pooi-Fong Wong, at the University of Malaya, Malaysia, used zebrafish embryos - replacing rodents and rabbits - to study the formation of blood vessels (angiogenesis).

Professor Elizabeth Nunamaker, at the University of Florida, USA, and EARA member Charles River Laboratories, was the North America winner. Her research showed that a less intrusive way of handling mice in the lab – using plastic tunnels – led to more litters and the loss of fewer mice.

The award was organised by EARA member AAALAC, and the IQ Consortium, with sponsors including EARA members Boehringer Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Merck, Novartis and Sanofi.



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