by Susan Gilbert, Public Affairs and Communications Manager at The Hastings Center

A curious aspect of the debate over the use of animals in research is that the two “sides” see themselves as making different kinds of arguments when in fact they have some fundamental similarities. For example, a recent post in Ampersand discussed the line between emotions and fact in debates over the use of animals in research. It referred to the keynote speech given by Allyson Bennett, PhD, at the 2013 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) ConferenceRead more


by Avery Avrakotos, Education and Policy Coordinator

What do you picture when you think of animal research? What has shaped that image? More likely than not, the public discourse surrounding animal research has had an impact.

Ever since the story of Pepper the Dalmatian was featured in Sports Illustrated in 1965, powerful imagery has accompanied the [...] Read more


by Elisa Hurley, PhD, Education Director

Although some might argue that I’m biased, one of the things that I think is most special about PRIM&R as an organization is its desire always to acknowledge and respect the incredibly rich and varied history of the research ethics field.

PRIM&R’s conviction that honoring the field’s past is crucial to the field’s future was evident yesterday, [...] Read more


by Joan Rachlin, JD, MPH, Executive Director

I spend a lot of time thinking about how to best achieve the delicate balance between ardently and adequately protecting research subjects, on the one hand, and promoting ethical and responsible research, on the other. Protecting those who participate in research is fundamentally a human rights and human dignity issue, and I thus drew a lot of inspiration from three commemorations I attended in honor [...] Read more


by Joan Rachlin, Executive Director

A remarkable documentary, How to Survive a Plague (HtSaP), was shown at PRIM&R’s 2012 Advancing Ethical Research (AER) Conference last month. HtSaP was just nominated for an Academy Award last week in the Best Documentary category, and I am writing to recommend it to you because it has particular relevance for those working in the research ethics field. In addition [...] Read more