Why Animals Are Needed in Research
Ethical Animal Research For People, For Animals and For the Common Good
Providing Humane Paths Toward A Better Shared Future
The Importance of Animal Research
Cancer. Blindness. Injury. Addiction. These can impact people you love and animals you cherish. Through targeted, ethical, and regulated animal research, we can work together to find preventions and cures. Together, we can make a better world for everyone.
- Treat disease and disorders
- Ease pain and suffering
- Extend lifetimes
- Create safe medicines, medical devices, surgical procedures and therapies
FBR Turns 40!
We put together a special booklet (look through it here!) to celebrate 40 years of promoting public understanding and support for responsible animal research. Please peruse and enjoy flipping through milestones and research advancements over the last four decades. It’s amazing to see not only how far FBR has come but also how much progress the entire medical community has made over the last 40 years.
Latest Animal Research News
Mother Jones – June 23, ’22
The Associated Press – June 14, ’22
The New York Times – June 13,’ 22
News Medical – June 12, ’22
FBR Real Pet Stories – June 9, ’22
The New York Times – June 8, ’22
Low-dose self-amplifying mRNA COVID-19 vaccine drives strong protective immunity in non-human primates against SARS-CoV-2 infection
Nature Communications – June 7, ’22
News Medical – June 7, ’22
What is Animal Research? (Hint: It’s Not Testing)
Animal research is the study of animals for scientific and medical discovery. These animals are bred specifically to give us insight into how animals (like humans) work. This study gives us insights into how diseases work. Once scientists understand how a disease works, they can begin to develop and test treatments with the help of animals.
Rats, mice and other rodents
Fruit flies, zebrafish and others
Monkeys, dogs, cats
Humans Fighting Disease
What is Animal Research?
Answer: Animal research is the study of animals for scientific and medical discovery. Research animals, also called lab animals, are bred specifically for research. Studying lab animals gives researchers important insights into how a disease works in the body. Once they understand how a disease works, they can begin to develop and test treatments with the help of animals.
What is Animal Testing?
Why is Animal Research Necessary?
Is Animal Testing Ethical?
Many first-time pet owners quickly learn how many diseases and conditions — surprise! — affect our four legged friends just as they do people. But researchers have developed ways to help pets — often using the same treatments originally designed for their human counterparts. Learn more about our Love Animals? Support Animal Research campaign.
Smart Research For Smarter Science
Approximately 95% of laboratory animals are rats and mice. Less than 1% are nonhuman primates. But that tiny number and its impact on our health is immense. Learn more by reading our Lifesaving Benefits of Primate Research flipbook.
Photo Credit: Kathy West
Better Regulations Equal Better Health and Better Lives
Every animal is important.
At the Foundation for Biomedical Research, we believe that strict regulations make for better science. We believe that protecting the welfare of every animal makes for better research. We believe that doing things the right way makes better lives for everyone.
We’re fighting every day to ensure that the highest standards of ethics are met in every lab across the country. We know that doing so means getting closer to finding the cures, treatments, and therapies that make for better lives for everyone- two legs, four legs, fins, or wings.
Animal Research: Perceptions vs. Reality
FBR debunks 3 common misconceptions about animal testing and research. Now more than ever before, research with animals is vitally important to find treatments and cures for diseases.
The Role of Animals in Biomedical Research
Learn about a small but vital partner in biomedical research — the naked mole rat! From cancer research to tooth sensitivity, the naked mole rat is a valuable partner in biomedical and animal research.
FBR Real Pet Stories™
Real Pets. Real People.
FBR launched this blog series to share powerful stories about pet health journeys. From cancer to feline immunodeficiency virus and canine epilepsy and numerous diseases that affect pets and people, medical advancements have helped improve treatments and outcomes for all members of the family. Big Jack had kidney disease. Maggie May was a laboratory cat who helped save elephants. Elmer had nasal cancer. Kaylee Bear battled lupus. Bones beat Addison’s disease. Cleo made a remarkable recovery after a brain tumor diagnosis. Izzy takes immunotherapy injections for allergies. Read these stories and more on our blog. These stories are too good not to share.
Meet Our LASAR Photo Contest Winners!
10 lucky LASAR fans received a cash prize. Click here to see the winning photos. Thank you to all the contestants and to supporters who voted.
Work With Us for a Better Shared Future
No one should be without the treatment they need to live a happy, healthy life. Let’s work together to stop diseases and injuries.