Why NAVS Matters: Nicholas’ Story

As a researcher studying the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease, I understand the urgent need to advance the development of new, non-animal research methods.

Although animal models have long been used to study Alzheimer’s, this use of animals has not led to the identification of any disease modifying therapeutics—in other words, no treatments or cures have resulted.

Through their International Foundation for Ethical Research, the National Anti-Vivisection Society has given me a unique perspective on the importance of my work in reducing the burden of animals in science.

Importantly, they have also given me the necessary funding to study Alzheimer’s disease in a human model system.

That’s why I hope that you will make a generous Holiday donation to NAVS.

I am currently leading a project that uses human stem cells—instead of animals—to study Alzheimer’s. And I believe that further advancement of human stem cell technology will lead to a shift away from animal models in favor of refined cell-based models. 

There is a continued need to validate new disease models, such as mine, as viable alternatives to the use of animals. I hope to be at the forefront of advancing stem cell technologies to improve human health—and because of NAVS, I am ever closer to my goal.

The progress I have made would not have been possible without the generosity of NAVS supporters like you. By supporting NAVS this holiday season, you are supporting the work of young scientists like myself.

Your gift will help me and others like me continue on our path toward the development of next-generation technologies that are contributing to the ethical advancement of scientific knowledge and human health.

Thank you for your generosity.

Nicholas Brookhouser
NAVS/IFER-funded researcher

Pictured: Nicholas Brookhouser and his cat, Iris

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