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7th Forum

Animal models in neurologic and affective disorders

Understanding and curing disease: is it time for a new way forward?


For the research of human psychological and neurological diseases, in vivo experimentation was and is conducted to great extent. More often than not these animal models mimic the symptoms, but do not mirror the primary causes and disease progression in humans. In addition, this research can be highly distressful. An increasing number of critical scientists is therefore questioning the value of such animal models for elucidating the pathogenesis of and developing successful therapeutic approaches for these afflictions. In its upcoming Forum 2017, Animalfree Research will discuss the following issues with presenters and audience:



  • Have animal models contributed to a better understanding of these diseases?
  • What has been the outcome with regards to the development of efficient therapies?
  • How viable is the harm-benefit analysis under these circumstances? What is the potential of alternative methods?
  • Would moving away from animal experimentation towards non-animal methods be feasible?
  • What would a paradigm shift mean to research and patients? 

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Greeting and Introduction

Stefan Kunz and Dr. Stefanie Schindler, Co-CEOs, Animalfree Research


Animal models in ADHD and major depressive disorders – what was achieved?

Constança Carvalho, University of Lisbon, Portugal


Alzheimer`s disease: pitfalls, failures and the way forward. A workshop report and an alternative approach

Dr. Francesca Pistollato, EURL-ECVAM, Italy


In virto model of human dopaminergic neurons as model for Parkinsons Disease

PD Dr. Stefan Schildknecht, Doerenkamp-Zbinden-Lehrstuhl, Konstanz


Panel debate



Summary and conclusions

Dr. Stefanie Schindler, Co-CEO, Animalfree Research



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Target audience

Our Forum addresses all those who concern themselves with animal experimentation and the 3R-concept.



Attendance fee for covering expenses: 50.– Swiss Francs (Students free of charge)



5. October 2017, 1.30 – 5 P.M. Wirtschaft Neumarkt, Neumarkt 5, 8005 Zürich



Until End of september 2017



The „Forum 2017” has been accredited by the Federation of Swiss Cantonal Veterinary Officers as a half-day of continuing education in Switzerland for experimenters and study directors.



Animalfree Research has been applying itself to replacing in vivo experimentation in science since more than 40 years.



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