Comparative Medicine

Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope's Position Statement on the Use of Animals in Biomedical Research

A pioneer in bone marrow transplantation and genetics, City of Hope is a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center, offering premier research and treatment for cancer and other life-threatening diseases, such as diabetes and HIV/AIDS.
 
Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope leads the world in biomedical research, and whenever possible, our researchers use alternative methods to animal models, such as cell and tissue culture and computer simulation. However, in many circumstances, the responsible and limited use of animals is necessary for the discovery of new therapies. In fact, without animal research, medical advances in cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and heart disease, including lifesaving procedures, medicines and vaccines, would have been impossible. Most recently, animal research has been critical to the development of vaccines and treatments to combat the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
 
Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope is equipped with one of the finest, state-of-the-art animal research facilities in the nation. Our animal care and use program is assured by the National Institutes of Health Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, registered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and fully accredited by AAALAC International — the highest level in animal care facility standards.

Our Humane and Responsible Approach

We embrace the philosophy of the three R's: reduction, replacement and refinement. As a research community, we're committed to developing, validating and using techniques that can reduce the number of animals used, replace higher animals with other lower species or other non-animal models wherever possible, and refine procedures to ensure the most humane treatment possible.   
 
In addition, we recognize and support the following principles governing the care and use of animals in research, testing and education:
Only through the humane and responsible use of animal models can our faculty and investigators continue to make scientific breakthroughs and deliver the highest quality of care and treatment to our patients.