Animals in Research

Educational Outreach

Education Outreach

The public learns about the progress and promise of neuroscience research through SfN’s public information and education efforts. Among them are media outreach, a wealth of free educational publications, and public awareness campaigns, such as Brain Awareness Week.

The Society for Neuroscience educates the public about the importance of animal research in scientific discovery. Through public information material and a wide range of outreach efforts and educational initiatives, SfN communicates to the public the positive impact of the use of animals in research.

BrainFacts.org, a public information initiative of The Kavli Foundation, the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, and SfN, provides a dedicated section with dozens of topics focused on the use of animal models and the scientific and health progress made possible through responsible animal research. It also discusses the regulatory oversight of animal research to ensure it is scientifically meritorious and humane. This section of BrainFacts.org is funded by a generous contribution from the Esther A. & Joseph Klingenstein Fund. 

During Brain Awareness Week, a weeklong campaign that unites families, schools, and communities in a worldwide celebration of the brain, SfN members work directly with primary and secondary educators, journalists, and policymakers to promote the value of biomedical research.

Use these resources to communicate the value of animal research:

Animal Research Success Stories: Animal research has been the gateway to treatments – and even cures – for numerous diseases. This section highlights a few of these success stories.

The Research Process: Provides an overview of the regulations involving federal, state, institutional, and community review, which protect the welfare of animals used in research.

Animal Models: Provides an overview of common animal models and their benefits and drawbacks.



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