Responsible Science and Research Animal Use
ILAR Journal, Volume 60, Issue 1, 2019
This issue of the ILAR Journal focuses on the topic of responsible science as it relates to animal research. It starts with the concept of the scientist as a responsible citizen and then moves through multiple phases of research including careful experimental planning, reporting, and incorporation of laboratory animal science. The work of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) or animal ethical/oversight body in reviewing both animal use and contributing to scientific excellence is explored. Additional topics include the protection of animal handlers from multiple experimental hazards, the use of agricultural animals and wildlife studies, regulatory ambiguities, and harmonization of animal research. Rounding out the issue is a discussion of how animal care and use programs can enhance animal welfare while mitigating regulatory burden, and our responsibility to clearly communicate the ethical use of animals in advancing biomedical research. A deeper understanding of these topics can assist scientists in simultaneously advancing their research and animal welfare.