Taking stock: animal testing remains important for brain research

At present, brain research cannot be carried out without testing on animals. This is the conclusion of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) after conducting an inventory among its members. The KNAW would like to contribute to further developing alternatives to animal testing.

Mix of methods and techniques

In the inventory, innovative methods for neuroscience research also emerged. The KNAW has concluded that animal-free methods and techniques may develop further over the next 10 years. However, animal-free research alone is unable to sufficiently answer the most important questions in research. According to the KNAW’s members, research using a mix of methods and techniques will remain necessary.

Dialogue on alternatives

The KNAW would like to contribute to a dialogue between politics, societal organisations and the scientific community on the further development of alternatives for animal testing.

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