Animal testing: towards new alternatives in Belgium

The pooling of equipment and skills from across the scientific community should enable the development of new approaches that require a critical size and interdisciplinary skills, according to the three leaders.

It then becomes a question of using alternative methods for business. The project will be financed for three years by the different levels of power. Additional advanced equipment will be acquired with these funds.

Among the research that should be carried out is 3D bioprinting of in vitro models, which allows biological tissues to be artificially produced; multi-organ in vitro systems that aim to reproduce the biological complexity of the human body, for example to test vaccines or study the development of diseases; or development of in silico methods – computer simulation of an experiment.

We must do everything we can to continue to reduce the number of animals used in our laboratories

For the Walloon Minister of Research and Innovation Willy Borsus, “this collection of knowledge and equipment is an example of good practice“.

We must do everything we can to continue to reduce the number of animals used in our laboratories“, confirms CĂ©line Tellier, Walloon Minister of Animal Welfare. Her Brussels colleague Bernard Clerfayt points out that since 2015 the number of laboratory animals used in the Brussels region has fallen by 45%.”We are on the right track, but it is by supporting research that we will be able to further reduce the number of animals used in experiments.

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