Lord Dowding Fund for humane research


National Antivisection Society

2012 projects funded by the LDF

9 February 2012


Since it was founded in 1974, the Lord Dowding Fund has awarded grants to researchers working on a wide range of fields including microsurgery, toxicity testing of dental fillings, breast and lung cancer, product safety testing, Parkinsonís disease, schizophrenia, cot deaths, cataracts, kidney research, cell culture, computer-aided drug design, biotechnology, brain damage and computer teaching packages which replace the use of animals in education of students at school and university level.

Our current research grant holders are as follows:

Professor David Dewhurst, University of Edinburgh
For almost thirty years, the LDF has supported and promoted the replacement of the use of animals in life science education. To change the culture of animal use in industry, science graduates need to learn using advanced techniques, rather than animals. Read more

As part of this ongoing work, the LDF commissioned a survey of the use of animals in higher education in Europe, which was carried out by Dr Akiko Hemmi and Professor David Dewhurst of the University of Edinburgh. Read more

Professor Paul Furlong, Aston Brain Centre
For a decade, we have been funding the neuroimaging group at the Aston Brain Centre, headed by Professor Furlong, which engages in a wide range of research activities studying human behaviour and brain function. The group works to establish how new techniques may be used to replace animal experiments. Projects include vision, neurodevelopment and clinical research, cognition and pharmacokinetics (drug characteristics). This has put us at the forefront of the drive away from horrific animal experiments in neuroscience. Read more
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Dr Debbie Holliday, Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine
In 2010, we awarded a grant to Dr Holliday and her team at the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine to validate and test therapeutics in a novel, all human, model of breast cancer. Breast cancer is a complex disease with several different molecular alterations involved in its development and progression. A comprehensive approach, taking this into account, is required to improve the efficacy of target-based therapy in breast cancer. None of the above can be easily or accurately replicated in animal models. Read more

Professor Geoff Pilkington, University of Portsmouth
Professor Pilkington has been researching brain tumours for over 35 years and in his view, in order to progress science and research at a sufficient pace to save lives, the system for tissue donation needs to change. Read about the difficulties he has faced in obtaining tissue for study here

Drs Vehid Salih and Jamie Harlie, Eastman Dental Institute and University of Liverpool
Drs Salih and Jamie Harle have completed an innovative, multi-disciplinary project to establish a three dimensional cell culture model for cartilage, free from animal-derived products, in which to investigate the therapeutic effects of ultrasound. By combining the expertise of the scientists in biomaterial science, cell biology and ultrasound technology they optimised the tissue construct component of the project while perfecting the ultrasound equipment for the study. Read more

How you can help

The LDF need donations to continue our current research projects, as well as to expand our work, bringing closer the day when animal research is something of the past.

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