In Conversation With... Luke, Ngaire, and Kev

In Conversation With... Luke, Ngaire, and Kev

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Why do we have to test on animals? Haven’t we advanced enough to stop using animals in new medicine development?

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Making medicines is a long and expensive process. The first time a potential medicine is tested in humans is in ‘phase I clinical trials’. These typically take place around 10 years from the start of the medicine’s development process. Why does it take so long?

As scientists, we want to ensure that our medicines are safe and do the job they are meant to. Animals can serve as a surrogate for these disease models, meaning we don’t needlessly risk human lives. Animal lives are important too, of course. Their care and welfare is tightly controlled by licences, regulations, and our expert scientists.

We will be in conversation with Professor Kevin Read (head of Quantitative Pharmacology and Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics), Luke Newman (Director of Biological Sciences) and Ngaire Dennison (University of Dundee’s in-house veterinary expert). They have years of experience studying, testing and caring for animals in drug discovery research. We will explore how animals are tested on, what the scientific community is doing to reduce the number of animals tested on and what care and treatment these animals receive while under our care.

Join us for an exciting opportunity to hear directly for the scientists working with these animals.

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