Animal Research

The complete UMCG infrastructure of all the animal facilities to perform excellent research Facility
The University of Groningen (UG) and the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) conduct animal experiments within the scope of research and teaching, because some important and relevant questions cannot be answered without the use of laboratory animals. We are open about these activities and have created this website to show how we conduct animal studies and what we take into consideration in such testing. This is our contribution to the social debate about animal experiments in which anyone can form a considered opinion.

Animal research and animal research facilities are important to the research in the UMCG. Animal species are used in every stage of the research and development effort because their biological systems, genetic structures, and immunological responses, in various ways, closely mirror ours.

We wish to conduct the animal studies required to achieve this goal in the best possible manner, which means providing optimal care to lab animals and safeguarding of their welfare as well as optimal facilitation of the animal experimenters.

Relevance

Why animal experiments?

Staying healthy while getting older (Healthy Ageing), adapting to changing circumstances (Adaptive Life) and creating a robust society (Sustainable Society) are policy spearheads of the UMCG and the UG. Many of our research programmes therefore focus on issues such as healthy ageing, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and Parkinson’s disease, which sometimes require animal testing. Animal experiments are also required to study ecological phenomena such as bird migration.

  • The University and the UMCG want their fundamental and applied research programmes to be among the best in the world. We wish to conduct the animal studies required to achieve this goal in the best possible manner, which means providing optimal care to lab animals and safeguarding of their welfare as well as optimal facilitation of the animal experimenters.

    Our animal tests are conducted at the UMCG (65%) and the Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE, 35%), where animal testing is concentrated in several research institutes.

  • Animal studies are governed by strict legislation and regulations. Since 1977, the welfare of lab animals used in the Netherlands has been protected by the Wet op de dierproeven (Wod). To supplement this act, the Dierproevenbesluit (Animal Experiments Decree) was adopted in 1985. The principle underlying the act is the ‘No, unless’ principle: animal experiments are only allowed if there are no alternatives. If researchers can conduct a study by using a computer model or slaughterhouse material, for example, they will not be allowed to use animals for their experiments.

Facilities and laboratories

Below you can find all the facilities and laboratories where animal experiments are carried out or where experiments or techniques are performed related to animal experiments.

Animal research facilities

  • We facilitate and support experimental animal research at a high-quality level with optimal welfare control of the laboratory animals.

     

    More information will follow as soon as possible.

  • We offer different gene editing tools to generate innovative genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) for biomedical research.

    Visit facility: Transgenic Mouse Unit

  • We aim to accelerate the development of genetically engineered mouse models (GEMMs) of human cancer and ageing syndromes. These mouse models will be used for developing new therapies against cancer and ageing-related diseases.

    Visit facility: MCCA

  • We provides cutting–edge techniques and expertise in the molecular and morphological analysis for qualified analysis of genetically modified animals and animal models of human diseases.

    Visit facility: Dutch Mouse Pathology Centre

  • We unite small animal imaging modalities to achieve excellent multi-modality imaging by sharing expertise and by providing a single portal for internal and external researchers.

    Visit facility: Gronsai

  • We offer ex-situ perfusion technology for organ derived from small animals (mice and rats) but also large animals (pigs and sheep).

    Visit facility: Research Organ Preservation and Resuscitation

Specific animal laboratory

  • Molecular Neurobiology of Ageing, more information about this lab will follow as soon as possible.

  • Molecular and Cellular Biology, more information about this lab will follow as soon as possible.