FBR Blog

Easy-to-read articles about animal testing and research.

In Memoriam: Michael E. DeBakey, MD

On the ninth anniversary of his passing, the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) remembers the extraordinary life and career of Michael E. DeBakey, MD (September 7, 1908—July 11, 2008). A cardiac surgeon, inventor, educator and medical statesman whose...

The Vaccine that Could Halt the Opioid Epidemic

Photo credit: Chuck Jines | chuckjines.com A pre-K teacher explains that forty percent of the kids in her class are raised by family members or guardians who are not their biological parents. She doesn’t even need to explain why; the woman she’s talking to, Melissa,...

New Threats of Zika Infection and Complications with Pregnancy

Recently, officials reported a dramatic increase in the number of babies in New York City who either tested positive for the mosquito-borne Zika virus or were diagnosed with the characteristic developmental symptoms in the brain that are closely associated with the...

Animals: Serving our Veterans on and off the Battlefield

Per the Congressional Budget Office, military operations from 2003 to 2014 in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters have claimed the lives of 5,282 Americans in uniform. Their sacrifice, and the brave service of all personnel who have been killed in action, will be...

HIV Vaccines: The Journey from Fear to Hope

The prospect of a vaccine that could prevent new HIV infections is now possible, thanks to developments in antiretroviral medications that were first created in the mid-1980s and improved over the years by researchers working with animal models. Today, May 18, marks...

Animals in Medicine Cared for like the Heroes They Are

The animal research [community] has a history of silence that we are beginning to understand must be broken. The public doesn’t have the information needed to understand what happens in our facilities. They’ve been inundated by propaganda that, at best, misrepresents...

More Than Skin Deep

Owners know that the bond they share with their dogs is unlike anything other. Still, no matter how close the relationship between dogs and their human parents, nothing compares to the special kind of affection children and dogs share. So, it’s likely that your heart...

My Story: Closer with Every Discovery

I am in my fifties and I have the gene that causes Huntington's disease. This disease lays waste to entire families for generations. I am not a medical person, but I always knew I was at risk. In 1977 I started reading all the previous year's research on this disease....

Dr. Thomas Starzl: Transplant Pioneer, Animal Research Advocate

Thomas E. Starzl, M.D., Ph.D. (1926-2017), known by many as the “Father of Transplantation,” is being mourned around the world.  His ground-breaking career in research and transplant surgery saved countless patients, allowing them to live longer and healthier.  The...

My Story: Why I Do What I Do (Part 2)

This is the second of a two-part blog post that shares the journey of someone who, from heartache, found her purpose and passion for laboratory animal care and research. Teaching others  As I shared on my last blog post, my path to finding a career, and my passion in...

How Man’s Best Friend is Helping Cancer Treatment

  “A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart… Mostly, he taught me about friendship and selflessness and, above all else,...

My Story: Why I Do What I Do

This is the first of a two-part blog post that shares the journey of someone who, from heartache, found her purpose and passion for laboratory animal care and research. Cancer, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, cystic fibrosis – these are ugly words.  I hate the...

FBR Statement on USDA Electronic Records Access

On Friday, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced discontinued electronic access to inspection reports, annual reports and enforcement records from its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) website known as the Animal Care Information System...

Multiple Steps Ensure a Scientifically and Ethically Sound Process

Medical advances of the past century, ranging from vaccines to organ transplants to cancer treatment, were made possible by animal research. Animal models allow researchers to study complex systems that cannot yet be reproduced in other ways. Federal laws mandate that...

This Story Changed My Mind About Dogs In Research

Did you know that for the past five years the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has received more funding from the National Science Foundation than any other university? After spending two years there, and the last seven months working as a public affairs...