Planning is moving ahead on a series of community forums that aim to provide a window into the use of animals in research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The program was proposed earlier this year by University of Wisconsin-Madison Provost Paul M. DeLuca Jr. and Graduate School Dean Martin Cadwallader with the goal of increasing public discussion and understanding of issues surrounding animal research.

The public forums are intended to improve transparency of the animal research program at University of Wisconsin-Madison and provide opportunities for interested parties to engage in an open dialogue on complex and often challenging issues.

The community forums will be held quarterly and may include panels, question-and-answer sessions, and lectures by invited speakers representing a range of interests such as scientists, ethicists, activists and patient advocates.

The first planning group meeting will take place later this month, with the first forum presentation anticipated in November.

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Source: University of Wisconsin