Animal Research and Computational Neuroscience
Computational neuroscience cannot do without experimental data. Therefore, animal experiments will remain necessary in the neurosciences in order to clarify fundamental questions about the function of the nervous systems of humans and animals. Only if basic data are reliably collected can hypotheses be verified or medical and technological applications safely tested before being used on humans.
However, by optimizing and sharing data and methods, the Bernstein Network helps to keep animal testing to a minimum while maximizing knowledge. Sometimes computer simulations and theoretical models can even replace experiments altogether, especially when research data management facilitates its further usability.
The scientists of the Bernstein Network are therefore clearly committed to the 3R principles (Replace, Reduce, Refine): All research is designed to improve animal experiments, reduce their amount or replace animal experiments by other methods. The 3Rs stand for the need to replace, refine and reduce the use of animals in experimental research.
Initiative Transparent Animal Experiments
The Bernstein Network supports the joint initiative of “Understanding Animal Experiments” and the Permanent Senate Commission on Animal Experimental Research of the German Research Foundation (DFG) with the participation of the Alliance of Science Organizations. The initiative Transparent Animal Experiments aims to advance the transparent and open discussion on research with animals. >> more (German only)
- Animal Experimental Research at the German Primate Center DPZ
- Joint statement of the FENS and the SfN on the importance of non-human primates in biomedical research
- Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of animals used for scientific purpose (2010/63/EU)