Helping Human Health

Helping Human Health

Research using animals makes a vital contribution to the understanding, treatment and cure of many health problems including cancer, Parkinson's disease, heart disease, diabetes and mental illness.

Animal research has been essential in developments such as:

  • antiretroviral medicines for HIV patients
  • asthma inhalers
  • insulin for diabetes
  • vaccine against cervical cancer, introduced in the UK for 12 and 13 year old girls
Animal work at Newcastle University is strictly controlled and regulated by the Home Office and ethics committees.

We work with animals when there are no suitable alternatives and strive to replace them with non-animal techniques wherever possible. Over 90% of medical research conducted at the University does not involve work on animals.

Parkinson's disease patient Mike Robbins

More information on animal research can be seen on the web pages of: