Use of non-human primates in research

Working group examining the scientific basis for recent, current and future use of non-human primates in biological and medical research.

Status: CompletedCompleted

The report of Sir David Weatherall's working group on 'The use of non-human primates in research' was published in December 2006.

The remit of this report, which was initiated in March 2005 by the Academy, Medical Research Council, Royal Society and Wellcome Trust, was ‘to examine the scientific basis for recent, current and future use of non-human primates within biological and medical research’.

The report was the product of an independent working group; the sponsoring organisations did not provide input into the report's contents, conclusions or recommendations, but committed to consider its recommendations and to respond formally.

One of the recommendations of the Weatherall report was that the major funding organisations should undertake a systematic review of the outcomes of their research using non-human primates supported over the last decade. In 2011, the BBSRC, MRC and Wellcome Trust responded to this recommendation by commissioning and funding an independent 'Review of Research Using Non-Human Primates', which was led by Professor Sir Patrick Bateson FRS. The Bateson review aimed to: assess the quality, outputs and impacts of research in this area on advancing knowledge in human and animal health; identify the strengths and weaknesses of the funded science in this field; inform their future science and funding strategies; and feed the outcomes of the review into any Government strategy on NHP use. 

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