Canisius ISHAR

Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations


The Use of Primates in Biomedical Research:  A Personal Perspective


James C. Ha
Research Associate Professor
Animal Behavior Program, Department of Psychology; University of Washington
September 9, 2011

In an enlightening seminar, Dr Ha reviewed some of the benefits that have derived from using primates in biomedical research in the past, and he presented an overview of the challenges, costs, and benefits pertaining to primate-based research in modern times.  He reviewed trends in regulatory oversight, public opinion, and research refinement, and he provided predictions for the phasing out of primate use in the future.  He encouraged the audience members to become engaged in this important topic and to help steer policies pertaining to animal use in the future.