|NEWS RELEASE||February 1, 2006|
OSU's Spinal Cord Injury Course Draws Criticism from Neurosurgeons and Neurologists Across the Country
Neurologist Will Confront OSU Officials with Hundreds of Petitions Condemning
Known as “Cruelty 101,” the course requires students to drop heavy weights onto the spinal cords of mice and rats, causing spinal cord injuries and paralyses. During the three-week course, which starts July 16, hundreds of mice and rats will be injured and put through painful surgeries and invasive procedures before being killed.
“These experiments are cruel. They are also futile,” says Dr. Akhtar. “Decades of appalling animal experiments have not produced a clearly effective treatment for people with spinal cord injuries.”
WHAT: News briefing and petition delivery/confrontation.
WHEN: Wednesday, February 1, 10:45 a.m. To confirm time and location, call Jeanne at 415-509-1833.
WHERE: Longaberger Alumni House, briefing outside near entrance, 2200 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, Ohio.
The 300 doctors who have signed the petitions have endorsed this statement: “It is essential to increase our investment in human clinical studies in spinal cord injury, and to move away from attempts to model injuries in animals, many of whom suffer in the process. I request that Ohio State University foster techniques for effective and ethical spinal injury research.”
In April of 2005, PCRM filed suit to obtain videotapes and photographs of the spinal cord injury course, and the case is currently before the Ohio Supreme Court.
Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.