Northwestern University Research


Northwestern University is committed to conducting exemplary and responsible research to further science and benefit society. We regard animal research as a privilege. The following framework guides our work.

Research Excellence

Medical breakthroughs — such as antibiotics, anesthetics, heart valve replacements, and vaccines to prevent rabies in companion animals — all have involved animal research. Since 1901, nearly every Nobel Prize in medicine and physiology has been awarded for innovations dependent on data from animal models. Also, federal government requirements stipulate that new medicines and treatment must be evaluated in a living organism before being administered to humans.

It is true that non-animal techniques, such as cell cultures and computer simulations, are important and play a part in our advances. However, these methods cannot yet mirror the complex and sometimes unpredictable interactions within a living system.

Humane Care

Northwestern conducts research with great respect for the unique contributions that animals make to improving health, preventing disease, and saving lives. Our investigators, veterinarians, technicians, and husbandry staff all are dedicated to providing superb humane animal care.

Northwestern also subscribes to the "3Rs" principles as a framework for science involving animal models: replacement, reduction and refinement. Investigators carefully design research projects and continually refine procedures to reduce the number of animals involved and to replace them, wherever possible, with non-animal methods.

National Regulations

Northwestern research and animal facilities are rigorously reviewed, inspected, and regulated at federal and institutional levels. We are enthusiastic partners in this process.

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Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC)
Rubloff, 7th Floor
750 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611-3078
Fax: 312-503-0112

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