The Importance of Research

The following lists of resources provide useful information regarding the importance of biomedical research in neuroscience, as well as helpful links to policies and guidelines for conducting research with humans and animals. There are also resources for the classroom and information on crisis management practices.


The Importance of Biomedical Research (PDF 27Kb)

Source: ACNP
Author(s): Katharine Phillips, M.D.

Policies on the Use of Animals and Humans in Neuroscience Research (PDF 3125Kb)

Source: Society for Neuroscience

Guidelines for Crisis Management (PDF 281Kb)

Should your lab come under attack
Source: Society for Neuroscience

Neuroscience Resources for the Classroom

Society for Neuroscience

Neuroscience resources for the classroom and teaching tools from the Society for Neuroscience.

Foundation for Biomedical Research

Explore the education section to find out more about how animal research is improving human and animal health every day!


The "Kids-4-Research" web site provides information to students, teachers, and parents on responsible laboratory animal care and use in biomedical research, testing, and education. The site also provides information on the benefits of such research to animals, humans, and the environment.
Source: Funding provided through a generous grant from the AALAS Foundation. Corporate Sponsorship provided by Charles River Laboratories.

Advocacy Toolkit

Materials, documents, and links to help you become a research advocate.
Source: Americans for Medical Progress

Human and Animal Research

Americans for Medical Progress

Americans for Medical Progress (AMP) protects society’s investment in research by nurturing public understanding of and support for the humane, necessary and valuable use of animals in medicine.

Research Defense Society (UK)

Understanding Animal Research in Medicine

Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals

Source: US Dept of Health and Human Services, Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare

Translational Neuroscience Accomplishments

Translational Neuroscience Accomplishments is an eight-page publication explaining the impact of animal research on the understanding and treatment of human brain disorders.
Source: Society for Neuroscience

American Association for Laboratory Animal Science

This site offers numerous public downloads suitable for the classroom, including:
♦ Caring for Animals in the Classroom
♦ Together for Life Classroom Calendar, and
♦ Careers in Biomedical Research.
Source: American Association for Laboratory Animal Science

Information about Animal Research

This site provides answers to frequently asked questions about animal research.
Source: Foundation for Biomedical Research

Research with Animals in Psychology

Policy statements and guidelines from the APA Board of Scientific Affairs, C.A.R.E. (Committee on Animal Research and Ethics).
Source: American Psychological Association

Animals in Research & Education

This site offers two PowerPoint presentations:
♦ Use of Animal Models in Biomedical Research: Challenges and Opportunities
♦ Slide presentation on the importance of animals in research
Source: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Task Force Reports

For reports and recommendations regarding issues of social importance, read the latest ACNP Task Force Reports.

Community Education

See community initiatives funded in part by the ACNP that help people learn more about mental health and read about winners of our Outreach Initiative Awards in the Community Education Programs section.

History of NPP

The ACNP has collected video taped interviews with many of the pioneers in the field of psychopharmacology.