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Humanimal Trust

We drive collaboration between vets, doctors and researchers so that all humans and animals benefit from equal and sustainable medical progress, but not at the expense of an animal's life. This is One Medicine. By sharing what is learned from treating naturally occurring disease in humans and animals, we can bring ever closer the day when animal testing is obsolete.

humanimaltrust.org.uk

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Registered charity no. 1156927

Member since November 2020

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Humanimal Trust supports Royal Society of Biology's Biology Week

Humanimal Trust supports Royal Society of Biology's Biology Week

Far-reaching benefits of One Medicine are highlighted in a new ITN produced film which showcases how bioscience innovations could help improve our global future.

Humanimal Trust has teamed up with the Royal Society of Biology and ITN Productions sponsoring part of a film focusing on the ‘Biology for the Future’. The film, just released to celebrate Biology Week 2020, aims to highlight the innovative work of several different bioscience organisations and asks how this work can help improve the future of our world.

During the film Humanimal Trust Trustee Dr Ben Marshall and Research and Outreach Manager Dr Tracey King discuss how a One Medicine approach can progress medicine for both humans and animals. They also explain why it’s so important for human and animal researchers and healthcare professionals to increase collaboration and work together - a need which has been particularly highlighted by the current pandemic.

“This film really helps us to spread the One Medicine message to new audiences. We’re so pleased to have this opportunity to tell people about the work that we do promoting and funding One Medicine research, and to encourage inter-disciplinary collaboration through our online platform the Humanimal Hub,” said Dr King. “We’re proud to be a part of this prestigious and forward thinking programme.”

The Humanimal Trust segment of the film is available to view via our YouTube channel.

Humanimal Trust supports Action Medical Research through two research studies which could benefit both children and animals

Humanimal Trust supports Action Medical Research through two research studies which could benefit both children and animals

In an important first for the charity, Humanimal Trust has announced its support for two ongoing child-focused medical research studies. Both studies have the potential to benefit animals as well as children and to demonstrate the value of One Medicine, sharing learning between the worlds of human and veterinary medicine. Humanimal Trust has contributed an initial £5,000 to each study - whose primary funder and administrator is Action Medical Research - with the potential for further funding in subsequent years.

This marks a significant step for Humanimal Trust. In addition to directly funding research and education programmes, and encouraging collaboration between veterinary and human medical professionals through its online Humanimal Hub, this funding signals a commitment to developing other funding relationships. By contributing to a wider range of studies, the charity will draw greater attention to research with the potential to benefit both humans and animals equitably.

Humanimal Trust supports Action Medical Research through two research studies which could benefit both children and animals

In an important first for the charity, Humanimal Trust has announced its support for two ongoing child-focused medical research studies. Both studies have the potential to benefit animals as well as children and to demonstrate the value of One Medicine, sharing learning between the worlds of human and veterinary medicine. Humanimal Trust has contributed an initial £5,000 to each study - whose primary funder and administrator is Action Medical Research - with the potential for further funding in subsequent years.

This marks a significant step for Humanimal Trust. In addition to directly funding research and education programmes, and encouraging collaboration between veterinary and human medical professionals through its online Humanimal Hub, this funding signals a commitment to developing other funding relationships. By contributing to a wider range of studies, the charity will draw greater attention to research with the potential to benefit both humans and animals equitably.

The two studies focus respectively, on infection prevention and its impact on antimicrobial resistance in critically ill children (led by Dr Nazima Pathan, Lecturer in Paediatric Intensive Care at the University of Cambridge) and improving the management and outcome of juvenile idiopathic arthritis through development of quantitative magnetic resonance imaging for assessing disease activity and drug response (led by Professor Margaret Hall-Craggs, Professor of Medical Imaging and Consultant Radiologist at University College London).

Both of these research projects, awarded by Action Medical Research (for their potential) to benefit children, fit comfortably within Humanimal Trust’s One Medicine ethos and have wide-ranging and far reaching potential benefits not just for human patients, but for animal patients too.

The issue of antimicrobial resistance is a global problem currently challenging humans, companion and farm animals. It can only be solved through collaborative efforts and a united One Medicine approach. Research including Dr Pathan’s project, which aims to develop new ways to prevent infection while managing the threat of antibiotic resistance, will help tackle an important aspect of this widespread issue. The research can also produce transferable data which could be directly applicable in a veterinary setting.

Professor Hall-Craggs’ research shows similar transferrable potential, as inflammatory and degenerative joint conditions can affect animals too. For example, degenerative joint disease is extremely common in older cats, while a group of diseases known as immune-mediated polyarthritis can affect dogs, and be challenging to diagnose and treat. Any new or improved way to help manage these conditions in human patients therefore also has the potential to advance veterinary medicine, ultimately improving the lives of companion animals too.

Welcoming the new grants, Humanimal Trust Chair of Trustees, Professor Roberto La Ragione, said:

“Humanimal Trust is delighted to support these important research studies. Our goal as a charity is to drive collaboration between vets, doctors and researchers so that all humans and animals benefit from sustainable and equal medical progress, but not at the expense of an animal’s life. Both of these studies have the potential to achieve this and we welcome the opportunity to support them through collaboration with Action Medical Research.”