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Openness Agreement on Animal Research and Teaching

Animals in research

Research involving animals is highly regulated in Australia. It is allowed only under a strict set of criteria and subject to rigorous and regular review. A project must show, for example, that there are no viable alternatives, that there is sound potential scientific benefit, and that the proposed methods are humane, ethical and defensible.

At Ingham Institute, we conduct applied medical research that transforms the treatment and care of people living with the most prevalent medical conditions and diseases. We reduce the involvement of animals wherever possible. For example, replicating organs using our 3D Bioprinter, conducting invitro (cell culture) studies, and using computer simulation.

Some research, however, still requires animal involvement. For example, our work in pancreatic disease; which was the first in the world to develop a method for isolating pancreatic stellate cells, and to show that treatments targeting these cells have the potential to improve outcomes in chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer.

Some of the most significant global medical breakthroughs throughout history have been achieved with animal models. While we appreciate the need for them and believe in their benefits, we are constantly mindful to conduct this work humanely, ethically, and compliantly.

No research involving animals can be conducted without the approval of an animal ethics committee. All projects at Ingham Institute are compliant with relevant guidelines, principles and recommendations such as the The Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes and its adoption in state legislation.

Our research is conducted by highly specialised and experienced team members who are each personally passionate about animal welfare. Our team conduct their work carefully and compassionately, in compliance with all regulations.

Ingham Institute is committed to being open, transparent and accountable about our work with animals, which is why we are also a signatory to the ANZCCART Openness Agreement on Animal Research and Teaching in Australia.

We are dedicated to providing clear and accessible information about the necessity, purpose, and outcomes of our research involving animals. We communicate openly about the methods, ethical considerations, and benefits of the research we conduct. We believe this is essential for building trust with the public and scientific community as we advance medical knowledge for the betterment of human and animal health.

For any questions about research and animals at Ingham Institute, please contact us via and we will respond to you as soon as practicable.