Research Ethics

Membership of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC)

Cerebra is actively pursuing membership of The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC).

Use of animals in research – Cerebra statement

Cerebra Trustees consider it important to emphasise the charity’s pride in never having been involved with any form of animal research and to emphasise that it has a keen and public desire not to be so involved. However, trustees also believe that the charity should consider all research funding applications on their own merits and that, within these broad parameters, they should be free to approve applications that might involve such research where, in the opinion of the trustees, it would be in the best interests of children with a brain condition to do so.

To date we have not been involved in such research – nor do we have any plans or desires to be so. Nevertheless, it would dishonest to state that we would never be so involved, as our prime interest is in the lives of people, especially babies, children and young people. We hope we may continue to serve that interest without the need for animal research but we do not operate within a policy framework that prevents such research ever occurring at any time in the future.

Cerebra endorses the AMRC policy on the use of on the use of animals in research. This policy can be viewed here:
http://www.amrc.org.uk/publications/statement-on-the-use-of-animals-in-research

Supporting research in universities – Cerebra statement

Cerebra supports research at universities in line with our charitable research priorities. We fund research for the public benefit that will improve human health and wellbeing and we do not seek to own the intellectual property arising from the research. We do not fund major items of capital expenditure such as buildings and equipment. Cerebra covers the direct costs of the research only; it will not meet the full economic costs of the research nor pay towards overheads that support general university infrastructure. All future research funding opportunities will be advertised through an open tender and peer review process in line with the charity’s research strategy.

Cerebra adopts the policy of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) on Supporting Research in Universities. This policy can be viewed here:
http://www.amrc.org.uk/publications/statement-supporting-research-universities

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