Animal Studies: Ten Years Past and Ten Years Forward

Ritskes , Merel

In September 2005, Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga was appointed Professor of Laboratory Animal Science at the Radboud university medical center. In this public lecture, she will look back on what has been achieved over the past ten years, and she will discuss her views for the decade to come. Professor Ritskes-Hoitinga will be making a plea for formulating a new global goal: ½N 2Q 4P. In this formulation, ½N stands for halving the number of animals used in experiments; 2Q refers to doubling the quality of animal studies; and 4P refers to increasing fourfold their relevance for human patients.

Contrary to economics, it is not the custom to formulate goals in biomedical sciences. Ritskes-Hoitinga believes that setting goals can help to improve the quality of science and animal welfare as it provides us with the tools to define what we wish to achieve, aids us in making appropriate choices, and allows us to evaluate if we are on the right track. In her lecture she will put forward a compelling argument that these goals are achievable. Their achievement, moreover, can help save the lives of about 50 million animals worldwide and produce more relevant results in the clinic at the same time.

Invitation (dutch only)



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