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Examples of how animal research has benefitted patients

Last reviewed 
22 August 2017

Animal research is an important part of the research process, helping researchers better understand conditions and develop new treatments which are improving people’s lives. You can see how research using animals helps take discoveries from the lab bench to clinical trials in patients in Alzheimer’s Research UK’s virtual dementia lab

Research using animals has led to many advances in the treatment of debilitating and life-threatening diseases. Understanding Animal Research has put together a health timeline of the animal research behind the world's major medical advances.

Examples of successful treatments developed with research using animals

  • HIV is now treatable with just three pills a day that together stop the virus from replicating
  • Deep brain stimulation can alleviate debilitating symptoms of Parkinson’s disease that have stopped responding to drugs.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) is now largely treatable, reducing the risk of stroke, heart attack and kidney disease in people affected.
  • Research involving animals has contributed to life-saving technologies that are now taken for granted. Blood transfusion, the use of anaesthetics and kidney dialysis would almost certainly not be possible today without research using animals.

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