Depression is a serious condition that affects many Kiwis. Between 50-80% of New Zealanders will experience mental distress, including depression or addiction challenges, at some point in their lives.1 Therefore, finding effective treatments for people in need is crucial!
Our best chance of finding these treatments is by using human-relevant and animal-free research methods.
There are already reliable methods to test drugs meant for humans without using animals, and more are being developed.
Some of this animal-free research includes:
There is not yet a reliable non-animal method to trial medication for mood disorders. But the reasons for that are the same for why animal models do not work: Depression and other mood disorders are highly complex individual experiences, and their causes are still not well understood.12
The sooner we focus research efforts on human-centred methods rather than trying to equate animal behaviour in cruel experiments to human realities, the sooner we will be able to make true progress for people and science.
Learn more here.