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  • A community of neuroscientists stands together

    September 27, 2023

    As we face the prospect of living longer and developing age-related diseases including Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and long COVID, it is an especially critical time to be a neuroscientist. At the Simian Collective (SimCo) meeting in Chicago we heard exciting new findings from neuroscientists across the country who are unraveling the mysteries of the…

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  • Reflections from the Field: Joint Meeting of IPS and MPS 2023, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia

    August 28, 2023

    In a sobering talk presented at the joint conference of the International and Malaysian Primatological Societies in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia by Dr. Anna Holzner (from the University of Leipzig), the audience learned that the southern pig-tailed macaque monkey, the primate species that we breed at WaNPRC, is facing immediate and long-term threats in pigtail habitat…

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  • Journalism is about Truth and Balance not Propaganda and Misinformation

    July 21, 2022

    A Gallup poll in 2022 revealed that only 7% of Americans have “a great deal” of trust in newspaper, television or other media outlets. According to the Edelman Annual Trust Barometer in 2022, 67% of people globally believe that journalists and reporters are trying to mislead them (Trust in media declines - PressGazette). I used…

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  • Animal research more crucial than ever

    March 25, 2022

    It is unfortunate that some members of Congress* are unaware of the excellent article written by Professor Robin Lovell-Badge, head of the division of Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at the Medical Research Council at the National Institute for Medical Research in London, that thoroughly debunks the notion that animal research plays little role in medical…

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  • To speak out or not to speak out?

    February 23, 2022

    I applaud Elon Musk and Neuralink for their recent blog post about their work involving research animals, particularly monkeys. Biomedical and behavioral research institutions in this country would be wise to take a lesson. Musk, and his company Neuralink, recently came under fire from one of a number of anti-animal research extremist organizations when they…

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