New artificial heart valve could transform open-heart surgery

A new type of artificial heart valve, made of long-lived polymers, could mean that millions of patients with diseased heart valves will no longer require

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 29, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: advanced-materials heart-disease health medicine animal-research heart

Exercise in pregnancy improves health of obese mothers by restoring their tissues, mouse study finds

Exercise immediately prior to and during pregnancy restores key tissues in the body, making them better able to manage blood sugar levels and lowering the risk of long term health problems, suggests new research carried out in mice.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Aug. 30, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: animal-research pregnancy obesity exercise

Top UK organisations release annual statistics for use of animals in research

The ten academic organisations in the UK that carry out the highest number of animal procedures – those used in medical, veterinary and fundamental scientific research – have today released their statistics to coincide with the publication of the UK’s official statistics by the Home Office.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 18, 2019 ~3 min

Tags:  animal-research

Genetic variation linked to response to anxiety could inform personalised therapies

A new study in marmoset monkeys suggests that individual variation in genes alters our ability to regulate emotions, providing new insights that could help in the development of personalised therapies to tackle anxiety and depression.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 1, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience genetics animal-research anxiety

Cambridge recognised as Leader in Openness around animal research

The University of Cambridge has been presented with a Leader in Openness Award in recognition of its work to promote openness and transparency around its research involving the use of animals.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
May 23, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: animal-research

Blood pressure drug shows promise for treating Parkinson’s and dementia in animal studies

A prescription drug to treat high blood pressure has shown promise against conditions such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and forms of dementia in studies carried out in mice and zebrafish at the University of Cambridge.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 18, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience spotlight-on-future-therapeutics animal-research parkinsons-disease huntingtons-disease dementia

‘Mindreading’ neurons simulate decisions of social partners

Scientists have identified special types of brain cells that may allow us to simulate the decision-making processes of others, thereby reconstructing their state of mind and predicting their intentions. Dysfunction in these ‘simulation neurons’ may help explain difficulties with social interactions in conditions such as autism and social anxiety.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
April 12, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: animal-research neuroscience autism

Smoking and pre-eclampsia may cause fertility problems for offspring, study suggests

Low levels of oxygen in the womb – which can be caused by smoking or conditions such as pre-eclampsia – may cause problems with fertility later in life, a study carried out in rats suggests.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
March 29, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: heart-disease animal-research smoking pre-eclampsia

Heart disease risk begins in the womb, study in sheep suggests

Offspring whose mothers had a complicated pregnancy may be at greater risk of heart disease in later life, according to a new study in sheep. The research, led by a team at the University of Cambridge, suggests that our cards may be marked even before we are born.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Jan. 22, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: heart-disease health animal-research cardiovascular-disease-cvd pregnancy heart

Marmoset study gives insights into loss of pleasure in depression

‘Anhedonia’ (the loss of pleasure) is one of the key symptoms of depression. An important component of this symptom is an inability to feel excitement in anticipation of events; however the brain mechanisms underlying this phenomenon are poorly understood.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Dec. 4, 2018 ~7 min

Tags: spotlight-on-neuroscience animal-research mental-health depression

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