researchers usually try to display some respect for the animals they experiment
on. They may do things they don’t want you to know about to animals
and install elaborate security measures just to be sure, but they usually
say they honor the animal’s sacrifice and it will benefit people as
well as other animals. But not so with a primate researcher at Wake Forest
University. In a PowerPoint presentation at a National Institute on Aging
workshop which appeared on the NIA web site until July, the researcher finds
the primates who will give their lives to science…funny.
first photo shows an orangutan who someone has put in an aqua colored flannel
dress with white diamonds on it. Her face is contorted in terror. A green,
comic strip style balloon is coming out of her mouth. It says, “I
just don’t know what to think,” as if her anguish stems from
research questions in the lab instead of her tenure there. Ha ha
next mirthful photo shows a chimpanzee appearing to have typed a page on
a typewriter to illustrate the “cognition research” being performed
in the lab. Get it?
A third amusing photo shows a capuchin monkey who someone has dressed up
in big, black eyeglasses that are barely supported by her little skull.
She is also commenting about the ongoing research in the lab. There is a
chain around her neck and she appears to be held in position by human hands.
pictured, reminiscent of Dr. Harry Harlow’s “pit of despair”
experiments at the University of Wisconsin, is a cynomolgus monkey that
has been “psychosocially stressed” to serve as a model for the
“perimenopausal transition.” Harlow, famous for his “rape
rack” and “iron maiden” inventions for primates, is considered
the architect of the National Primate Research Centers system which still
operates a lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and operates labs
at other locations.
The presentation, called Cardiovascular Health and Cognition: Perspectives
on Using the Primate as a Model, was part of an official NIA workshop in
2004 and created by Wake Forest’s Thomas Clarkson, DVM. When a reporter
asked about the derision shown toward animals and science itself, the PDF
was removed from the NIA site. Barbara Cire with NIA’s Office of Communications
and Public Liaison said, “As to the imagery on the slides, NIH posted
the presentation as delivered. Questions about the images should be directed
to the speaker.”
says NIA “does not fund” research by Clarkson except for “an
NIA conference grant to organize a meeting in conjunction with the 20th
annual scientific meeting of the North American Menopause Society in September,
2009.” But it has funded similar research with ovariectomized cynomolgus
monkeys by Wake Forest researcher Mary Lou Voykto in which Clarkson donated
this research, monkeys “were restrained with ketamine (15 mg/kg im),
deeply anesthetized with sodium pentobarbital (35 mg/kg, iv), and perfused
transcardially with cold 0.1 M PBS (pH 7.4). The brains were rapidly removed
and sliced into 1-cm slabs with the aid of a monkey brain matrix,”
according to an article in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism
(Vol. 88, No. No.2 655-662) The world health problem the monkeys served?
course it’s no secret that ever since the Bayh-Dole Act of 1980, government
research supported by our tax dollars is quickly translated to industry
uses. In fact Wake Forest’s Women’s Health Center of Excellence
for Research conferences, attended by industry-linked researchers including
those accused of ghostwriting, have been unabashedly funded by both NIA
and hormone makers Wyeth and Pfizer.
is it a secret that the grisly menopausal hormone research on primates underway
at Wake Forest and at Mount Sinai School of Medicine threatens to revive
the hormone therapy which more than 5,000 women say gave them cancer. (Why
revive a therapy that caused endometrial cancer in the 1980s and breast
cancer in the 2000s? A$k industry.)
What is surprising
is that a researcher who is also a veterinarian, sworn to relieve animal
suffering, would actually find such research funny.
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Researcher - Posted by Martha Rosenberg