Research involving animals

Scientific research is linked in many areas with animal experimentation, especially where complex interactions in the whole organism are investigated and no animal-free methods are (yet) available. In the ethical treatment of laboratory animals, the 3R principle (replace - reduce - refine) is of particular importance at the University of Fribourg.


A newly discovered natural compound protects against macular degeneration

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness among seniors. Researchers from the University of Fribourg, part of a team led by Professor Patricia Boya, working with the Center…

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Refined methods for conducting cognitive tests on laboratory monkeys

Researchers at the Swiss Non-Human Primate Competence Center for Research at the University of Fribourg have developed a method that significantly improves the well-being of the macaques used in experiments.…

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Cancer and inflammation: end of a dangerous connection soon?

Researchers at the University of Fribourg have discovered a mechanism in the body that can have serious consequences for women with breast cancer. Granulocytes, a type of white blood cell that is active…

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At the University of Fribourg, research is currently conducted on the following categories of animals:

Animal Welfare Office

Our Animal Welfare Officers promote the 3R principle in all areas of laboratory animal science. They support the scientists, provide guidelines and internal controls.

The 2022 annual report on animal research


Policy statement

The University of Fribourg is committed to quality and excellence in biomedical research based on animal experiments. To this end, it establishes a culture of care dedicated to human and animal welfare and is committed to transparency and education in its animal experimentation activities.

Research Groups

Learn more about the research groups that are involved in animal research.

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