The use of animals in biomedical research and testing is still largely regarded as the norm. However, this view is increasingly coming under scrutiny in light of current scientific knowledge. In parallel, significant progress has been made in the field of non-animal research methods.
In addition to ethical concerns, animal studies are also the subject of criticism from within the scientific community itself. An awareness is growing that new methodologies are required to gain insight into important questions of human health and disease. Animal experimentation has not provided the hoped-for and much needed answers to these vital questions.
The event is aimed at researchers, physicians, veterinarians, students, officials, politicians and the general public.
The program includes presentations by experts in their fields, and will consist of two parts:
1. Questioning the validity of animal experiments in relation to human medicine.
2. The development and use of human-based research methods as a replacement for animal studies.
Date: Saturday, 15 October 2016, 10:00 -18:00
The presentations will be in English or in German, with no simultaneous translation. A good understanding of both languages by all participants is therefore recommended.