NIH recently launched a new website, “Medical Research with Animals: For Researchers and Institutions,” to support NIH-funded scientists who use animal models.
Vaccines, medicines, therapies, surgical interventions, and preventive health care are essential to maintaining high standards of health worldwide. Every day, NIH-funded scientists make advances that will lead to safe and useful drugs, therapies, and cures. These advances are due to many different kinds of research—from the laboratory, to computers, to animals—including testing in humans. Animal research contributes tremendously to the development of new and life-saving interventions, as well as to the overall understanding of human and animal physiology. Like all NIH-funded research, animal research must go through a strict peer review and approval process based on federal regulations to ensure the protection of animal welfare.
The new website offers information on the important role of animals in research and their contributions to the improvement of health and quality of life for both humans and animals. The goal is to provide key information to researchers who work daily to improve the Nation’s health, and to the public. For more information visit http://grants.nih.gov/grants/policy/air/index.htm.