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December 9, 2015

New Book by Brazilian Scientist Critically Examines Animal Research and Calls for Move towards Human-Based Models

Book by Prof. Thales Trez published with the support of Humane Society International launched at the Federal University of Santa Catarina

Humane Society International

  • Book cover of Animal Experimentation by Prof. Thales Trez. Tomo Editorial

As part of a growing movement among the Brazilian and international scientific community questioning the effectiveness of animals as models of human biology and disease, publisher Tomo Editorial and Humane Society International launched Prof. Thales Trez’s book entitled Animal Experimentation: An Obstacle to Scientific Progress. The book provides an in-depth analysis of animal use in research from a scientific and historical perspective.

Hundreds of people attended the launch event at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Florianopolis.

HSI sponsored the publication of Prof. Trez’s book as part of its global BioMed21 initiative to encourage strategic scientific discussion regarding the potential for a new 21st century conceptual framework in biomedical research that emphasizes human-specific models. This vision has recently received unprecedented support from an international panel of eminent scientists in an article published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

The article, which states that biomedical research should focus “on modern human-specific models to understand disease pathways” was co-authored by authors affiliated with the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Food and Drug Administration and Environmental Protection Agency; European Commission Joint Research Centre; Chinese and Russian Academies of Sciences and other prestigious institutions in Brazil, Japan, India, Australia and beyond.

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“Prof. Thales Trez’s book is an important contribution to the science-policy dialogue regarding the place of animal models in the 21st century research paradigm, and we’re proud to have played a part in its publication,” says Helder Constantino, HSI Brazil campaign manager for research and toxicology.

Prof Carlo Roberto Zanetti from the Department of Immunology at the Federal University of Santa Catarina in Florianopolis said the book “starts to fill an immense gap in the training of new scientists in our country.”

Animal Experimentation: an Obstacle to Scientific Progress by Prof. Thales Trez is available in a wide range of libraries around the country and online.

Media contact: Raul Arce-Contreras, rcontreras@humanesociety.org, 301.721.6440

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