ASRI Distinguished Lecture Series Features: How Can We End Animal Testing and Better Human Health?

How Can We End Animal Testing and Better Human Health?

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.
Virtual presentation on Zoom:
Wednesday, Sept. 15th, 2021, 12:30 – 1:50 p.m. (PST)

Animal experimentation is defended by arguments that it is reliable, that animals provide sufficiently good models of human biology and diseases, and that consequently its use provides major human health benefits. But a growing body of scientific literature raises important concerns about their reliability and predictive value for human outcomes and for understanding human physiology. The good news is that a momentum is building that will lead to a revolution in biomedical research that will replace animal testing and benefit humans. This presentation will discuss how we can help this momentum grow faster.

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H., is a double-board certified neurologist and preventive medicine specialist, with a background in public health, and is a U.S veteran. Previously she served as Deputy Director of the U.S. Army Traumatic Brain Injury Program developing the Army’s brain injury prevention and treatment strategies for soldiers. As a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, Dr. Akhtar frequently deployed to assist with national public health emergencies.

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This is an Animals & Society Research Initiative, University of Victoria