Alliance Exchange

Join us for a series of online events promoting the use of NAMs which will be presented by expert Alliance members and delivered throughout the year.  Each event will be held online and is free to register, more events will be released over the coming months.

The Animal Free Research UK Animal Free Antibody Database

Date: Monday 29th January 2024
Time: 10.00 – 10.45
Format: Seminar plus Q&A

Stephanie Modi from Animal Free Research UK will discuss how antibodies are currently used as biomedical tools, their demand and production and the benefits of animal-free alternatives over animal-derived antibodies. She will also describe how the new antibody database will work and the next steps needed to drive the uptake of animal-free antibodies in academia and industry.

Register Here/More Information

Modernising drug discovery research – an introduction to microphysiological systems (MPS)

Date: Monday 18th March 2024
Time: 10.00 – 10.45
Format: Seminar plus Q&A

In this session, Hailey Sze, Scientist at CN Bio, will introduce the role that MPS plays in the evolution of cell models from conventional 2D static cultures to more intricate perfused multi-organ systems and discuss their contexts of use. The speaker will also discuss how integration of primary human cells into MPS further enhances relevancy of the model to human biology.

Register Here/More Information

Previous Events:

Rat Trap: Attempting to reach the mainstream with a popular science book about NAMs and animal research.

Date: Monday 20th November 2023
Time: 10.00 – 10.45
Format: Seminar plus Q&A

Safer Medicines Trust is very grateful to the Alliance Exchange for the opportunity for Pandora to speak about her brilliant book, Rat Trap.

Rat Trap is a fantastic tool to help all partners and supporters of the Alliance to achieve our mutual aims of increasing the use of human-relevant approaches, in place of unreliable animal tests.
Any organisation that sells merchandise would be very welcome indeed to sell copies through their own outlets. We would greatly appreciate this.

We would also be delighted to send copies to you (discounted if necessary) as Pandora mentioned, to give to MPs, policy makers, lecturers, teachers, etc. whenever you have the opportunity – please let us know in time to have copies sent to you. Or of course you can order them directly from Troubador or Browns Books, who are offering a 25% discount and free delivery over £50.

Thinking differently – An introduction to exploring non-animal approaches

Date: Monday 25th of September
Time: 10 – 10.45
Event type: Seminar plus Q&A

Within research systems the current obligation to fully explore and implement replacement approaches before using animals is not happening robustly or consistently. Those planning or reviewing research proposals do not have extensive knowledge of all the opportunities that exist to avoid animal use. In the session Dr Juliet Dukes will share how FRAME is working to help PhD students, early career researchers and Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Bodies redefine research questions and rethink their methods to help avoid animal use.

The Replace Animal Tests (RAT) list – five animal tests that could end immediately in the UK

Date: 19th June 2023
Time: 10:00 – 10:45
Format: Seminar plus Q&A

Despite the legal obligation to test on animals only where there is no alternative, animal tests with widely accepted non-animal replacement methods still take place in the UK. Dr Sam Saunders, Cruelty Free International scientist, will discuss five such tests that are still conducted, described in the Replace Animal Tests (RAT) list, and the organisation’s work to end them.”

Download PDF of presentation slides

Overview of New Approach Methodologies for scientific research

Date: 22nd May 2023
Time: 10:00 – 10:45
Format: Seminar plus Q&A

This event aims to set the scene of current biomedical research practises: why animal experiments are failing drug development and how NAMs can overcome these limits. Dr Lilas Courtot from Animal Free Research UK will provide an overview of different NAMs and their relevance to human diseases and drug development.

Download PDF of presentation slides