It is the responsibility of science to create the basis for the best possible medical care for humans and animals and to develop this further. This includes the development of new therapeutic approaches, the improvement of existing treatments, but also research into as yet unknown causes of disease and systemic relationships. For this purpose, animal experiments are irreplaceable in research and teaching in many areas.
High standards The University of Graz is committed to the so-called 3-R principle: Replace, Reduce and Refine. It is committed to the responsible conduct of animal experiments. This is characterized by a respectful treatment of the laboratory animal with the greatest possible avoidance of pain and suffering, fear and permanent damage.
Alternative methods In order to avoid the use of animals as far as possible, experiments are also carried out on alternative model organisms. For example, yeast cells are suitable as a model system for basic cellular research because they are similar to human cells in structure and functions. Computer models that simulate processes inside the body also provide important insights.
Public interest Animal experiments are of particular public interest. The University of Graz considers itself responsible to communicate the established control processes and their results to the public. It is committed to open communication about animal experiments and wants to continuously contribute to fair and balanced reporting about this ethically complex topic.