OHSU's Brain(washing) Awareness Month
Oregon Health and Sciences University (OHSU) is marketing their research and brainwashing the public by hosting a variety of community activities surrounding Brain Awareness Month. http://www.oregonbrains.org/outreach/baw/events/registration.shtml
One of these events will be a Neuroscience Research Town Hall Meeting featuring Senator Ron Wyden. The event will be held in the OHSU Auditorium, Saturday, February 21, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Please join In Defense of Animals (IDA) for the meeting early, at 2:00 p.m., to greet attendees. IDA will use this as another opportunity to remind the public that OHSU's animal researchers need to have their brains examined to discover why they insist on wasting public resources by conducting wasteful research on monkeys and other animals. This event is free but if you want to attend the meeting, pre-registration is required. To register by telephone, call OHSU at 503-418-2515. For directions go to: http://www.ohsu.edu/about/directions.shtml?fix
In addition to promoting legitimate clinical brain research, OHSU uses Brain Awareness Month to promote misleading and archaic research using animals. Peter Kohler, OHSU president, is driving the university with tunnel vision to reach the number 20 spot of National Institute of Health (NIH) grant funding (now at 28). Unfortunately he has lost sight of his mission to promote human health and sound science in the process. With Kohler's more-money-at-any-cost philosophy, he is cheating the tax-payer by accepting grants to OHSU for a variety of ridiculous, junk science on animals which are wasting resources and often actually harming people with misleading data.
Increasingly, the scientific community is challenging the status quo, which currently legitimizes the animal model as a viable research tool. For decades OHSU and other animal research interests have used aggressive public relations departments to get their published animal studies promoted without question in mass media outlets like the Oregonian. Occasionally, a thoughtful journalist takes a closer look at the researchers' empty promises that animal experiments will someday benefit humanity.
Recently, the BBC News published such a story, Monkey brain research: The case against, in which Dr Ray Greek, medical director of Europeans For Medical Advancement, puts the case against using monkeys in neuroscience research. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3234124.stm
In this article, Greek makes the case that experimenting on monkeys in the hope of unlocking the secrets of the human brain is an exercise in futility.
In the article, Greek states, "Non-human primates' track record at predicting drugs' dangerous side effects is abysmal and many drugs that were safe for primates have gone on to injure and kill people. For example, amrinone (for heart failure) was tested on numerous non-human primates and released with confidence. However, one in five human patients hemorrhaged as the drug prevented normal blood clotting. An Alzheimer's vaccine was withdrawn in 2001 when it caused serious brain inflammation in patients, after proving safe and effective in tests on monkeys. Countless drugs for stroke have been developed and tested in primates and other animals, yet all of them have failed and even harmed patients in clinical trials. Monkeys do not suffer from Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or Huntington's diseases and when these diseases are artificially induced they manifest very differently from the real human versions. Future advances in our understanding and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases will come from where they always have - human-based observation and ethical clinical research." For more information about Dr. Ray Greek's research, visit his group's site at http://www.curedisease.com/
This BBC News article opposing primate research preceded the controversial decision not to add a primate lab at Cambridge University. (See http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/3432531.stm Primate research lab plans axed—Plans to build a controversial centre for experiments on monkeys have been shelved by Cambridge University.)
In Defense of Animals has historically attended OHSU's events to let the public know about their cruel brain research on monkeys and how they are wasting tax dollars that should be spent to help people. Earlier this month, IDA volunteers handed out hundreds of brochures at another OHSU event, The Bard on the Brain, urging attendees to join the boycott against OHSU's health care to protest experiments on 3,400 monkeys and thousands of other animals in their Hillsboro labs at the Oregon Primate Center. To find out more about this boycott, visit http://www.boycottOHSU.com/
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