Prof. Dr. P. (Pieter) Roelfsema

Prof. Dr. P. (Pieter) Roelfsema

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Director of the Dutch Institute for Brain Research (Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences), Professor at the University of Amsterdam (AMC-UvA)

“Biomedical research makes a vital contribution to our understanding of biological processes and the causes of disease. Knowledge derived from such research saves lives and improves people’s quality of life, as well as that of animals. Many scientific and medical issues remain to be resolved. For this reason, for the time being, animal procedures will continue to be essential to the advancement of medical science. At the same time, the suffering of laboratory animals must be kept to a minimum and researchers must, wherever possible, work to achieve the Replacement, Reduction and Refinement of animal procedures. The often emotionally charged debates on animal procedures are a reliable measure of social involvement in this subject. Does the scientific progress achieved outweigh the suffering and death of the laboratory animals involved? In this debate, it is important for researchers to be given an opportunity to explain why their research still requires the use of animal procedures.”

Take a look at Pieter Roelfsema’s CV in brief and read his Statement of Interests.