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Release: Immediate

Public forum on use of animals in research set March 3 at UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa will host a Monday, March 3 public forum to discuss the use of animals in biomedical research. It is the third in a series of forums designed to shed more light on the issue, said UI Vice President for Research

David J. Skorton.

The event will be in the Buchanan Auditorium (W10) of the Pappajohn Business Administration Building beginning at 7 p.m. As with earlier forums, at least one hour will be devoted to "open microphone" time in which members of the audience may comment or ask questions.

"We invite the public to join us as we continue this important dialogue," Skorton said. "We hope that most Iowans accept the fact that we conduct animal studies out of a sense of professional and public responsibility. We believe this research provides critical information about the causes, diagnoses, treatment and prevention of disease for both humans and animals."

"But we also share the concern that animals not be exploited or treated cruelly," Skorton continued. "That's why we continue to sponsor these forums. We want to provide Iowans with insight into our procedures and to entertain reasonable debate on this complex issue."