UC San Diego To Offer First-Ever Open Online Course On Non-Animal Research Tools

Groundbreaking Program Will Cost Only $50 per Student

For Immediate Release:
September 15, 2016

Tasgola Bruner 202-483-7382

San Diego – Although federal regulations require scientists to consider non-animal research methods fully in their proposals, there has been little training on the availability and efficacy of such methods—until now, thanks to the University of California San Diego.

On September 26, UC San Diego’s Extension program will launch “Biomedical Research using Non Animal Models,” a first-of-its-kind open online course. Through weekly online guest lectures from 17 experts in academia and industry, the course will cover the past and current use of animals in research; the limitations of animal models; laws and policies relating to non-animal research methods; and modern research technology, including organs-on-chips, 3-dimensional cell-based tests, and computational models, among other subjects.

PETA is underwriting the inaugural offering of the course, allowing all participants to enroll for only $50. Registration is available here and is open until October 3.

The course is open to the public and aims to reach undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in biomedical sciences programs as well as industry faculty and staff researchers, bioethicists, grant reviewers, and coordinators and members of institutional animal care and use committees. Dr. Gerry Boss, Professor of Medicine at UC San Diego, is leading the online course.

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