Summary of Session Points
• Target populations for core principles of animal research may be specific fields of research, institutions, and regulators.
• Considerations for animals in research could include
o Welfare: Minimize pain and distress and improve overall well-being.
o Regulatory balance: Deliver public confidence that
animals are appropriately protected.
science will not be inhibited from discovering much-needed solutions to global problems.
• Overlapping core principles from presentations:
o Humane care: Minimizing pain and distress and improving overall well-being.
o Unbiased ethical evaluation of projects (balancing the cost-benefit ratio).
o Training and maintenance of a competent workforce.
o Adherence to principles of replacement, reduction, and refinement.
• Alignment of principles could be achieved independent of differing practices.Difference in practice does not necessarily equate to difference in care or “dual standards.”
• Although recommendations or guidance on neuroscience procedures may be needed, the core principles by which animal studies in neuroscience could be conducted might be the same as those for any discipline.
SOURCE: Individual panelists and participants.