Leicester academic awarded grant for project exploring animal welfare in research

An academic at the University has been awarded a grant from the National Centre for the Replacement , Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) for a new research project.

Dr Claire Gibson, from the University's Department of Neuroscience, Psychology and Behaviour, has secured a grant of £64,696 to build upon a previous project which looked into improving the welfare of animals in research.

With previous NC3Rs grant funding, Dr Gibson (pictured) developed a refined model of experimental stroke in mice which offers improved welfare and allows for fewer animals to be used per experiment because of the reduced variability in lesion volume.

The aim of this award is to facilitate the uptake of this refined model within the international experimental stroke community. Strategically, three key research groups from the UK, Germany and USA will be trained in the refined surgical approach, who will then act as training hubs for international researchers.

The grant is part of the NC3Rs's new Skills and Knowledge Transfer scheme.