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                    Open Labs

                    17 March 2014

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                    Category: Schools education

                    science-week-logo.jpgLaunching during National Science Week (15-24 March), Open Labs is the start of a three-year programme?during which hundreds of school children will tour research facilities, meet scientists and veterinarians, and?see the animals at the centre of the research.

                    UCL is the first facility to open its doors to students with a further eight universities and research centres*?taking part over the course of Science Week.

                    Open Labs has been developed by Understanding Animal Research in collaboration with these nine leading?science centres across the UK. While Understanding Animal Research already conduct over 300 schools?talks every year, this is the first coordinated national effort to allow children to see first-hand what happens in?research facilities, and help them to make up their own minds about this controversial yet important subject.

                    Adrian Deeny, Director Biological Services said:

                    “Animals are used in medical research to better understand the cause of disease and to test new forms of?therapy. A visit to a lab is the best way for young people to see how animal research is conducted at UCL and?how it improves our understanding of human diseases.”

                    ?Wendy Jarrett, CEO of Understanding Animal Research said:

                    “Many young people’s ideas of what animal research involves do not match up with the facts. There is no?better way of understanding the realities of why and how animals are used in research in this country than?seeing the animals for oneself and talking to the staff who look after them. We hope this project will help?young people across the country to make up their own minds about animal research, based on their own?experience of an animal house.”

                    *Animal facilities taking part:?

                    King’s College London

                    MRC Centre for Macaques

                    MRC Harwell, Mary Lyon Centre

                    MRC NIMR (National Institute for Medical research)

                    The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh

                    University College London

                    University of Leicester

                    University of Manchester

                    University of Strathclyde

                    For more information please contact John Meredith: jmeredith@uar.org.uk // 020 3675 1237