Things are moving now, and Utrecht is well positioned to lead this movement.
We will start by offering practical support. We will activate a helpdesk with the aim to answer questions and connect with the experts; Helpathons will also be organised, where an interdisciplinary team looks for animal-free ways to answer a certain research question. We will also promote and further develop existing solutions using the power of our Life Sciences hubs. We all strive for top quality: innovations must continue to guarantee and improve the quality of scientific research and education.
Both ambitious and realistic
The group is both ambitious and realistic. Chairperson Daniela Salvatori realises that the working group faces major challenges: “We are well aware that the possibilities of drastically reducing animal use in the relatively short term are not there for the taking. They also differ per research area. But if we do nothing, nothing will happen. Transition means dynamism. This offers the setting for new approaches to biomedical research in order to achieve novel methods that better predict human responses. At the same time, we must realise that current animal experiments are done with great care, after a thorough ethical assessment. But things are moving now, and TPI Utrecht is well positioned to lead the innovation in research and education. I see, for example, that these days students already look at animal experiments in a completely different way than ten or twenty years ago. So this is the moment to nudge that movement. The time is right."
The TPI Helpdesk can help you with any questions concerning the transition to animal-free innovations in research and education. If you contact us, we will bring you into contact with one of the members listed underneath who has the most relevant knowledge, experience and/or network. You can contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org (Leonie de Vries, management assistant Life Sciences).