Animal Free Research UK

Benefits for the student

While searching for the right project I came across a PhD opportunity at the University of Plymouth that was focused on brain tumours. After reading some research papers produced by the group, I decided to apply.
I am funded by a fantastic charity called Animal Free Research UK. Using an in vitro model of meningioma and schwannoma brain tumours, I have completely removed animals such as mice from our experimental design. I also agreed with the charity that wherever possible I would use non-animal derived products during the research. In addition, I am repurposing drugs that have already reached advanced stages of development, to further eliminate the need for more research involving animals.
With Animal Free Research UK funding my project, I have attended their conferences, online seminars, and other events that I might never have known about if I had not been linked to them funding-wise. I even gave a short presentation of my research, which was exciting. I can appreciate now that considering external sources of funding for research can broaden your horizons. You end up engaging with people and looking at research-related topics from fresh perspectives. Along with a lot of networking with scientists so that's been great.

Benefits for the business

We fund research that we believe is pioneering, that will save human as well as animal lives, and that will help to forge a future where animals are replaced with modern, human relevant techniques. We seek to fund research that will raise awareness of these issues, and of the urgent need for a transition away from animal research and towards human-specific investigation.

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