Non-Human Primates in Research image

September 30, 2015 12:00 PM
Lectures and Panels
Wasserstein Hall, Room 1010
Harvard Law School, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138


This discussion explored critical legal, ethical, scientific, and social issues raised by research involving non-human primates and the research centers that house them. Topics included what the current regulatory structure requires and permits, what gaps exist, what enforcement problems have arisen, and how they are being addressed at Harvard and elsewhere. Panelists also examined how scientific and medical interests should be balanced against the interests of the animals, and how the ethical and/or regulatory analysis might differ depending on the type of primate involved. Finally, they also considered emerging trends in funding, scientific approaches, and public opinion.

This event was free and open to the public.


  • Steven Niemi, DVM, DACLAMDirector, Office of Animal Resources, Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences

  • Richard Born, MD, Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School

  • Hope Ferdowsian, MD, MPH, Adjunct Associate Professor, Georgetown University Medical Center and Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, George Washington University Department of Medicine

  • Moderator: Kristen A. Stilt, JD, PhD, Professor of Law, Director of the Animal Law and Policy Program, and Director of the Islamic Legal Studies Program, Harvard Law School

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Sponsored by the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, the Animal Law and Policy Program at Harvard Law School, and the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, with support from the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund.


animals   bioethics   clinical research   health law policy   human subjects research   regulation   research