Animal research at the University of East Anglia

The University of East Anglia carries out animal research to further our understanding of diseases that have the most detrimental impact on human health and quality of life. Our research interests include; Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, immunity and immune response, coeliac disease, sarcopenia, muscular dystrophy, arthritis, and many forms of cancer.  In order to further understand these life-affecting ailments it is sometimes necessary, when no other alternative is available, to use animals in research.  All of our research is underpinned by the guiding principles of the three R’s in animal research.  We fully support the development, validation and adoption of appropriate alternatives to the use of animals, in order to minimise the use of animals in research.  Animals that we use at the University of East Anglia that are covered by the Home Office regulations are mice, xenopus toads and zebra fish.

Concordat on Openness in Animal Research

The University is committed to meeting the highest standards of animal welfare and care, and to greater openness about our approach to animal research.  We are a signatory to the Concordat on Openness in Animal Research and adhere to the full UK and EU legal frameworks.   As a signatory, we strive to uphold four main commitments of the Concordat:

  • We will be clear about when, how and why we use animals in research
  • We will enhance our communications with the media and the public about our research using animals
  • We will be proactive in providing opportunities for the public to find out about research using animals
  • We will report on progress annually and share our experiences

Further Information

The Institute of Animal Technology www.iat.org.uk

Home Office guidance on research involving animals www.homeoffice.gov.uk/science-research/animal-research

Understanding Animal Research www.understandinganimalresearch.org.uk

National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research www.nc3rs.org.uk