- Set a crisis management team – who can you reach out to at your institution? What players should be involved?
- Share your research, and use of animal models with your members of Congress.
- Provide public education on your research – teach others about your work, and promote locally – public schools, etc.
- How to Make the Case for Using Animals in Research
- The Value of Animal Research and How to Increase Support
- Have a prepared elevator speech ready – where you can explain your research and the value and necessity of animal models.
- Open your lab to tours to ensure the research is open and available to those who are curious.
This event took place on January 19, 2022 and is not available on-demand.
Working with animals in your research comes with additional oversight, regulation, and the inherent risk of opposition. The Society for Neuroscience has many resources available to prepare for, defend against, and recover from animal rights activist efforts. The panel features researchers who have faced personal attacks and association leaders for biomedical research who will discuss how to best combat attacks, and generate institutional support, on animal research across biomedical sciences.
The goal of the panel is to engage researchers and invited experts in the field to share their personal stories about being victims of attacks from animal rights activist groups due to conducting animal research and the best ways to combat these attacks and generate institutional support in order to prevent them from happening again. It is expected that attendees will learn the impact these attacks have had on their fellow researchers and the best course of action their institutions can take to protect them from further harm.
Attack on biomedical researchers by animal rights activist groups have been on the rise due to their use of animals (including non-human primates) in their research. These attacks, some of which have affected SfN members, have ranged from threatening messages to attacks at personal residences leading researchers to halt their studies. It is not only critical that these researchers under attack receive support from the scientific community and relevant organizations, but also receive support from their affiliated institutions in order to prevent these attacks from happening again. It is crucial the public understands the facts surrounding the ethical use of animals in research and the value of using animals to conduct potentially life-saving research.
Disclaimer: if anyone is disruptive or exhibits inappropriate behavior, we have the right to remove them from the event.
This broadcast will be live and followed up with a written piece at a later date. The webinar will not be available on-demand.
Will this webinar be available on-demand? No, this broadcast will be live and followed up with a written piece at a later date.
How do I access the conference on the live day? After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with the event link and the option to download calendar reminders.
What are the technology requirements for attending? This webinar will be hosted on Zoom Webinar. Instructions for joining and participating in a webinar can be found here.
Can I ask the presenters questions? Yes! You can submit any questions before the webinar through the registration form. During the webinar, you can submit questions through the Q&A box.
I have other questions not answered here. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any other questions.
Review SfN’s Code of Conduct, rules for virtual events in the Digital Learning Community Guidelines, and communications policies regarding dissemination of unpublished scientific data, listed below. SfN asks that conference attendees respect the sensitivity of information and data being presented that are not yet available to the public by following these guidelines:
- Do not capture or publicly share details of any unpublished data presented.
- If you are unsure whether data is unpublished, check with the presenter.
- Respect presenters' wishes if they indicate that the information presented is not to be shared.