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Animals in science

This venue is fully accessible
Past event - 2019
20 May Doors 7pm
Event 7:30-9:30pm
Tyneside Cinema , 10 Pilgrim St ,
Newcastle NE1 6QG
Animal research can be an emotive topic but how much do you now about this area? Did you know all animal research in the UK is governed by strict laws and labs are subject to regular inspections? Did you know there’s an entire branch of science devoted to improving animal welfare? Hear from Newcastle scientists developing new ways to raise the standards for animals in research around the world.

This venue is wheelchair accessible.

Happier mice, happier science

Dr Tom Smulders (Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University )
Mice are the most commonly used animal in science. How we treat them really matters. Both from an ethical point of view and because animals kept in better conditions lead to better science. In the lab mice have to be picked up. Scientists are taught to grasp them at the base of the tail to get hold of them. Mice don’t really like this, work here at Newcastle has found it stresses them out. Guiding them into a small tube – like a toilet roll is much better. Small changes can make big differences. Join Tom to hear about how improvements like these can improve animal welfare and science.

What are you looking at?

Dr Matt Leach (Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University)
Facial expressions can tell us a lot about how people are feeling- happy, sad, angry. Carers often use them to tell how a person is feeling when they can’t tell them in words. What about animals? Does it work the same? Ever come home and thought your dog ‘looked guilty’? Humans have developed close relationships with species like dogs and cats so maybe we are close enough to judge how they feel by how they look. Matt has developed a scoring system to see how an animal is feeling based on changes in their facial expressions. Does it work? Come along and try for yourself.