Last updated on: 3/28/2017 | Author: ProCon.org

Mieke Louwe, PhD Biography

Title:
Postdoctoral Researcher at the Research Institute of Internal Medicine and the K.G. Jebsen Inflammation Research Centre at the Oslo University Hospital and Oslo University
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?"
Reasoning:

“Unfortunately, however, not all animal research can be replaced by animal free experiments.

One reason is that there are no alternative methods that can mimic the whole human body. For instance, studying how cancer spreads from one part of the body to another is impossible with current alternatives. Actually, to study any process that involves more than one organ requires the use of an animal, as the interaction that takes place between different organs is very complex. Up till now it is impossible to replicate this in a cell culture dish…

[T]here’s no doubt that the work to reduce the use of animals in research is something that needs to be further addressed, and hopefully we will be able to find adequate alternatives for all kinds of research. But until we reach that stage, medical progress is not possible without exploiting animals.”

“What You Should Know about Animal Research,” sciencenordic.com, Apr. 16, 2016

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
Experts
Individuals with PhDs, MDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to animal testing issues. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to animal testing issues.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Research Institute of Internal Medicine and the K.G. Jebsen Inflammation Research Centre, Oslo University Hospital and Oslo University, Oct. 2013-present
  • International Rescuer, Eurocross International Noordwijk, The Netherlands, 2008
  • Student Ambassador, Leiden University, 2004-2007
Education:
  • PhD, Leiden University Medical Center, 2013
  • MSc, Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences, Leiden University, 2008
  • BSc, Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences, Leiden University, 2006
Other:
  • None found
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Pro & Con Quotes: Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?