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Introduction

Animal research has been the gateway to treatments – and even cures – for numerous diseases. For example, treatments for multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease now exist because of discoveries made using animal research. This section highlights a few of these success stories. Some illustrate the discovery of treatments already being used to save lives. Others focus on treatments currently being developed. Still others look at how animal research has led to a better understanding of the structure and function of the brain and the nervous system.

Success Stories

Source: Society for Neuroscience
Today polio is all but eliminated worldwide because of a highly effective vaccine, originally tested in monkeys.
Source: Society for Neuroscience
There is only one established clinical treatment for stroke, which was developed following experiments observing stroke in rabbits.
Source: Society for Neuroscience
Studies using rodents and monkeys have helped researchers better understand why memory is lost in brain disorders.
Source: Society for Neuroscience
Animal research has helped scientists better understand how repeated drug use changes the brain, resulting in new treatments for addiction.
Source: Society for Neuroscience
Research on dogs has enabled scientists to develop a potential cure that could someday restore vision to people – and dogs – with leber congenital amaurosis.
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