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Ethical Medical Research Initiative [PCRM].

Project Description

Grantee Year Issue Program
Beneficiaries Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine 2006 Animal Testing in Medical Schools Ethical Medical Research Initiative
2012 Animal Testing in Medical Schools Ethical Medical Research Initiative
2013 Animal Testing, Animal Cruelty in Labs and Education, Life Saving Nutrition and Practices. Ethical Medical Research Initiative
2013 Animal Testing in the Alcohol Addiction Study and Anti Vivisection Program. Ethical Medical Research Initiative
Grantee Beneficiaries Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Year Issue Program
2006 Animal Testing in Medical Schools Ethical Medical Research Initiative
2012 Animal Testing in Medical Schools Ethical Medical Research Initiative
2013 Animal Testing, Animal Cruelty in Labs and Education, Life Saving Nutrition and Practices. Ethical Medical Research Initiative
2013 Animal Testing in the Alcohol Addiction Study and Anti Vivisection Program. Ethical Medical Research Initiative
Grantee Beneficiaries Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Year Issue Program
2006 Animal Testing in Medical Schools Ethical Medical Research Initiative
2012 Animal Testing in Medical Schools Ethical Medical Research Initiative
2013 Animal Testing, Animal Cruelty in Labs and Education, Life Saving Nutrition and Practices. Ethical Medical Research Initiative
2013 Animal Testing in the Alcohol Addiction Study and Anti Vivisection Program. Ethical Medical Research Initiative
Grantee Beneficiaries Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
Year Issue Program
2006 Animal Testing in Medical Schools Ethical Medical Research Initiative
2012 Animal Testing in Medical Schools Ethical Medical Research Initiative
2013 Animal Testing, Animal Cruelty in Labs and Education, Life Saving Nutrition and Practices. Ethical Medical Research Initiative
2013 Animal Testing in the Alcohol Addiction Study and Anti Vivisection Program. Ethical Medical Research Initiative

The Michelson Medical Research Foundation is partnering with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine to make medical research more ethical and effective – a win for both animals and people. These are the campaigns we are supporting:

Ending the Use of Animals in Alcohol Abuse Research

The U.S. spends more than $200 million a year experimenting on animals in order to understand alcohol abuse and related disorders. In some experiments, pregnant sheep are force-fed large quantities of alcohol and then killed. Their near-term lambs are then harvested for research. Primates are forced to binge drink for months and suffer through the experience of addiction and withdrawal, while others are subjected to isolation and maternal deprivation. Mice are given large quantities of alcohol, then severely burned or have their legs broken to determine how healing is affected by alcohol abuse. These experiments and others like them are not only exceptionally cruel, they are misguided. Alcoholism is caused by a complex web of social, behavioral, neurological, and physical risk factors that simply cannot be replicated in animal models. It is a uniquely human disease that can only effectively be studied in the relevant species – humans.

The fact is, human-based research has already identified the psychosocial, behavioral, genetic, environmental, and treatment-related factors that make progress for persons suffering from addictions, and those at risk, possible. While taxpayer money is wasted on animal experiments, well-established prevention and treatment methods remain underfunded.

With the support of the Michelson Medical Research Foundation, Physicians Committee scientists regularly attend and speak at scientific advisory board meetings; publish commentaries in scientific journals; and interact with scientists and physicians in order to change the long-held perception that animal experiments are necessary. The Physicians Committee also advocates for federal funding policies that advance proven methods to prevent and treat alcohol abuse/alcoholism and fund long-term clinical trials – measures that will make a real difference in the lives of people affected by alcoholism. Learn more about their work here.

Saving Dogs from Heart Failure Experiments

Since 2001, the National Institutes of Health have provided more than $5 million in funding to conduct highly invasive heart failure experiments on dogs at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan – experiments that have yielded no information that would advance our understanding of heart disease. In those experiments, dogs are forced to undergo repeated invasive surgeries and perform treadmill exercise shortly thereafter. Blood flow to their kidneys is intentionally restricted to induce hypertension, and their hearts are electrically paced at about 250 beats per minute to produce heart failure. After more treadmill experiments, they are killed. Queenie’s experience is indicative of the crudeness of these experiments and the suffering they cause.

Queenie’s story

Queenie, described as a gentle and trusting dog, was surrendered to the Gratiot County Animal Shelter in Michigan on June 15, 2009. Three months later, she was sold to a Class B “random source” dealer, who then sold her to Wayne State University. Researchers first cut a hole in her chest to implant transducers to monitor blood pressure and other cardiovascular measures. The cables were tunneled and exited through her back. In her second surgery, an incision was made near the base of her neck and catheters were inserted and tunneled under her skin and out her back. Devices to measure and restrict blood flow were implanted. When the researchers had finished, Queenie had nine different cables protruding from her back and was fitted with a tight jacket and cervical collar to prevent her from pulling them loose.

She suffered from swelling, nausea, infections, and body sores; her incisions constantly seeped fluid. Following the surgeries, she was strapped into a harness and repeatedly forced to run on a treadmill to obtain baseline data. Blood flow to her kidneys was restricted to induce hypertension. Over the course of nine months, Queenie was repeatedly forced to perform treadmill exercise, regardless of her condition. Although she displayed obvious signs of distress – trembling, whining, and refusing to leave her cage – lab personnel forced her from her cage and harnessed her to the treadmill. Even after she became caught in the equipment and was injured, tiptoeing and limping, she was made to run. Ultimately, Queenie was killed when lab personnel could not repair an implanted device that had cracked and retracted into her body.

The Michelson Ethical Medical Research Initiative

With the support of the Michelson Medical Research Foundation [MMRF], the Physicians Committee is conducting a campaign to bring these experiments to an end. The organization has released a scientific critique of the experiments detailing the reasons they are irrelevant to heart failure research in humans and petitioned the National Institutes of Health to defund them. The Physicians Committee has reached out to school officials and launched a grassroots campaign to draw attention to the plight of these dogs, gaining media attention through demonstrations, leafleting, advertisements and billboards. The organization filed a formal complaint with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and successfully defended a Wayne State lawsuit attempting to deny the organization access to public records. Learn more about the campaign to end the exploitation of dogs in heart failure research here.

Neal Barnard and Ellen DeGeneres

Neal Barnard and Ellen DeGeneres

The Michelson Medical Research Foundation is a proud supporter of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the Ethical Medical Research Initiative thanks to the generous support of Dr. Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson.

The Michelson Medical Research Foundation is a proud supporter of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the Ethical Medical Research Initiative thanks to the generous support of Dr. Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson.

The Michelson Medical Research Foundation is a proud supporter of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the Ethical Medical Research Initiative thanks to the generous support of Dr. Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson.

The Michelson Medical Research Foundation is a proud supporter of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the Ethical Medical Research Initiative thanks to the generous support of Dr. Gary K. Michelson and his wife, Alya Michelson.

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