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09 - 10 - 2018

The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies responds to the European Parliament

The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies responds to a statement from the European Intergroup for Animal Welfare and Conservation

The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) responded to a statement by the European Parliament's Intergroup on Animal Welfare.





The program of the Intergroup - at the origin of the statement - 's meeting included a video clip prepared by Animal Defenders International, a paper by Francesca Pistolatto, scientist at the JRC European Center, and an intervention by Katy Taylor of the European Coalition to End animal experimentation.

The Intergroup states that in the field of neuroscience animal testing is inherently uncertain and a misleading indicator for human testing.

FENS responds that, on the contrary, the value of animal studies in various scientific and medical advances, including neuroscience, can not be overemphasized.

They have undoubtedly contributed to our understanding of the human brain and progress in the treatment of neurological diseases.

If, of course, uncertainty is part of any research in any field whatsoever, only the study of the real brain makes it possible to understand its function and diseases. Moreover, there is no evidence that knowledge from studies in animals is a source of error.


For example, knowledge on the brain uncovered from animal research has led to the development of deep brain stimulation that can treat thousands of people with Parkinson's disease. The use of primates was inherent to solving some aspects of this treatment. The European Commission has also recently reiterated the value of studies in primates.



Several important organizations like EFPIA or Wellcome Trust have, like GIRCOR, signed this FENS declaration.




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