Neuroscience research in non-human primates (NHPs) has delivered fundamental knowledge about human brain function as well as some valuable therapies that have improved the lives of human patients with a variety of brain disorders. Research using NHPs, although it is facing serious challenges, continues to complement studies in human volunteers and patients, and will continue to be needed as the burdens of mental health problems and neurodegenerative diseases increase. At the same time, research into the 3Rs is helping to ameliorate the harms experienced by NHPs in experimental procedures, allowing the effective combination of optimal welfare conditions for the NHPs and high quality research. Mitchell et al. outline the benefits of non-human primate research for medicine and argue that the general public in the UK has been misled about the degree to which animals are harmed during research.
Mitchell, A. S., Thiele, A., Petkov, C. I., Roberts, A., Robbins, T. W., Schultz, W., & Lemon, R. (2018, October 22). Continued need for non-human primate neuroscience research. Current Biology. Cell Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2018.09.029