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Wednesday 27th May 2009

Nottingham University Vivisection Protest

Wednesday
27th May 2009

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Protest against the use of animals in cruel and unscientific experiments at Nottingham University's Medical School.

The Medical School is on West Road adjacent to Queen's Medical Centre, alongside Clifton Boulevard opposite the main University Campus.


Buses from the City Centre include the Rainbow 1, and many others to QMC. There is also the Bus 50 between Nottingham University (Portland Hill) via QMC Derby Road, Jubilee Campus, Ilkeston Road and Radford Boulevard to the City Hospital (Hucknall Road/Valley Road).

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Nottingham University, the subject of Animal Aid's Mad Science Awards, which in 1997 featured animals bred in solitary confinement at Nottingham University to act as an "animal model" of human anxiety and depression.

Ten years later nothing has changed: "In a collaborative behaviour study with the University of Ireland, male rats [at Nottm University] were injected with formalin - a toxic chemical that causes considerable and lasting pain.



1999 Mad Science Awards

Animals bred in solitary confinement, Nottingham University

Rats were reared in isolation to act as an "animal model" of human
anxiety and depression. 21 days after they were born, these normally
sociable animals were separated from their litter mates and kept on
their own. The scientists wanted to see how the harmful effects of
isolation influence brain chemistry, and the rats were eventually
decapitated for brain tissue analysis. It is claimed that changes in
brain chemistry caused by keeping the animals in isolation, "may be
pertinent to the aetiology [cause] of human trait anxiety".

(Ref.: K. C. F. Fone et al, Psychopharmacology, 1996, vol. 123, 346-352).

In another, similar experiment at Nottingham, baby rats were again
reared in isolation to investigate the effect on anxiety and how
valium affects their behaviour. The scientists explain that previous
experiments on the effects of isolation have given conflicting
results, and they argue that "These contradictory reports have to be
resolved for a deeper understanding of the isolation syndrome and a
better understanding of the mechanisms by which social factors
influence the development of psychopathology in humans". They justify
their research by claiming that "Investigation of the pattern of
behavioural change in isolation reared rats may help to understand the
aetiology [cause] of human anxiety disorders". The experiments
revealed that keeping rats in isolation makes them more aggressive and
changes the effects of valium.

Funding: EC, and a "Marie Curie" Fellowship to N. Wongwitdecha.

(Ref.: N. Wongwitdecha & C. A. Marsden, Behavioural Brain Research,
1996, vol. 75, 27-32).


2006 Mad Science Award

University of Nottingham where rats' screams of pain were recorded

In a collaborative behaviour study with the University of Ireland,
male rats were injected with formalin - a toxic chemical that causes
considerable and lasting pain. They were then put inside a perspex
chamber that administered repeated electric shocks to their feet. A
microphone was placed above the chamber to record the rats' cries of
pain, communicated in ultrasound.


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