Work Package 4


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WP 4 explores how internal norms influence the ethical treatment of animals in research. This is done by a systematic review of published studies on murine models for ALS. Animal welfare as well as the implementation of refinement are assessed in these studies. In addition, WP 4 investigates how animal welfare and the 3 Rs are taken into consideration in peer reviewed publication processes and funding of animal research.


Currently, this work package has analysed the collected data, is giving first presentations (see below)  and is busy preparing publications.


WP4 is chaired by Andrew Furley, Department of Biomedical Science of the University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. He can be contacted via a.j.furley@sheffield.ac.uk. For more information on the people behind this work package click here.

Can academic journals play a role in how animals are used and treated in research?

Current related activities of WP4 members:

  • J Fernandes, N Franco, A Griesrson, A. Furley and A. Olsson presented a poster at the FELASA Congress 2016, entitled Attitudes and practices of editors of biomedical journals in the reporting and publishing of animal research.
  • Nuno Franco gave a talk at the RSPCA International Meeting (Focus on severe suffering) in June 2016, entitled Journal policies on animal use.
  • Nuno Franco  held a presentation during the international Laboratory Animal Science (LAS) virtual conference in February 2016  entitled Improving methodological quality of animals experiments – are we doing all we can? The abstract is available as a pdf file here and the presentation can be found here.
  • Nuno Franco gave a talk at the 16th annual EUSAAT conference in Linz in September 2015, entitled Community guidelines on animal studies –ALS research as a case-study. The abstract can be found here or in the conference abstractbook, which is available here.    
  • Joana Fernandes gave a talk at the 9th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences in 2014 entitled Refinement and experimental design in publications: a longitudinal case study of ALS research. The abstract is available as a pdf file here.