Animal Testing in Research and Teaching
At the University of Bremen, animals are used for research into the systemic basis of neuropsychiatric diseases, for diabetes research, and for basic research in brain research. The animals in question are mice, rats, and rhesus monkeys (macaques). The scientists also contribute their research and findings to teaching.
Animal experiments are controversial in the public sphere and misinformation often circulates. In order to counteract said misinformation, this page on animal experiments at the University of Bremen intends to provide insights into the goals, motivation, and work with animals at this scientific institution.
The University of Bremen is a Member of the DFG's Transparency Agreement for Transparent Information and Open Communication about Animal Research in Germany
The Permanent Senate Commission on Animal Protection and Experimentation at the German Research Foundation (DFG) founded the Transparency Agreement for Transparent Information and Open Communication about Animal Research in Germany initiative in summer 2021 - together with the Understanding Animal Research initiative. The aim is to promote transparency and open discussion on research involving animals. The University of Bremen together with numerous other German universities and non-university research institutions is a member of this initiative.
"The University of Bremen seeks to gain knowledge and impart knowledge for the benefit of all living beings and for the protection of our planet. This is not possible in the foreseeable future without research and teaching with animals. There are not always alternatives for all methods. Our researchers are committed to the 3 Rs principle - Replace, Reduce, and Refine - and to high standards for animal housing and experimental procedures."
Professor Jutta Günther, President of the University of Bremen
All conducted studies have been reviewed with regard to their scientific importance and the applied methods and procedures by the ethics committee responsible for animal testing. They have been approved by the competent authority and fully comply with the requirements specified by the EU Directive 2010/63, the German Animal Welfare Act (Tierschutzgesetz), and the German Ordinance on the Protection of Animals in Experiments (Tierschutz-Versuchsverordnung). The animals are kept in species-appropriate housing and are examined daily by expert personnel with regard to their health and well-being.