Animal research

Animal research at the ICR

We use animal studies alongside many other experimental approaches and they are essential to paint a complete picture of cancer biology. Our animal research has helped advance cancer treatments that today benefit people with cancer everywhere.

Find out how our research using animals has helped advance cancer treatments that today benefit people with cancer everywhere.

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Under UK law, animals can only be used for research purposes if there is no suitable alternative. All of our research proposals are carefully evaluated before being approved to ensure that there is no alternative to the use of animals and that the studies will provide valuable information that ultimately will help cancer patients.

The ICR is strongly committed to the highest standards of animal welfare in all research studies and has led the development of best practices in this area. We also support the principles of the 3Rs – replacement, refinement and reduction in the use of animals for research – and work to develop alternative experimental techniques.

We are signatories to the Concordat on Transparency in Animal Research and help promote best practices in the way we communicate about our research using animals with the public and in our scientific publications.