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The need for animals in brain research – EARA feature

Marking the recent World Brain Day, EARA has updated its feature on the vital contribution of animals to neuroscience and brain research, with the most recent studies and videos.

In the article, we look at how animals – from rodents to zebrafish and monkeys – have been used to provide valuable insights.

For example this year, animal research has led to the development of a drug that slows brain decline in Alzheimer’s disease patients, and implants to allow people to regain movement after being paralysed by stroke or spinal cord injury.

The feature also explains why animals cannot yet be replaced fully in brain research with alternative methods, such as lab-grown brain organoids, owing to the limited data that these methods currently provide compared to animals.


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