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Glasgow Skeptics Presents: Animals and Society - A UK Perspective
Mon 9 January 2017, 19:00 – 22:00 GMT
Doors open at 7. Kick off at 7.30
Most of the medicines we have come from animal research. Often science doesn’t need to use animals, but for many key questions they are crucial. They will help millions with conditions such as cystic fibrosis, Alzheimer's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and bacteria infections like meningitis.
How many animals are used in research? Which animals are used in research? How many rodents and fish are used compared with dogs, cats and monkeys? How does the use of animals in research and testing compare with other uses of animals by society?
Come along and find out more. Ask the questions that you’ve always wanted to ask but have been too afraid to.
About the speaker:
Dr Kirsty Ross studied for her PhD at the University of Glasgow, studying how to prevent bacterial infections using a novel vaccine that could be given via the nose. She then moved to the University of Strathclyde to study how mast cells (a type of immune cell) might influence rheumatoid arthritis. She became a volunteer speaker for the charity ‘Understanding Animal Research’ in 2009. She is now an outreach officer at the University of Strathclyde and is happy talking to anyone who will listen about public engagement with research.
This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn't end up in anyone's pocket - it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield.
Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance”. Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.