Neuralink’s First-in-Human Clinical Trial is Open for Recruitment
The Role of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee
Our 3 R’s blog series continues, this time highlighting the importance of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and its role in promoting Refinement, Reduction, and Replacement at a research facility. All animal research must be conducted in an ethical and humane manner. An institution's IACUC provides oversight that is critical in achieving this requirement. In this blog article, we explore the role and functions of Neuralink’s IACUC.
Announcing Neuralink's Patient Registry
Over the last few years, we have worked with patient advocacy groups and a consumer advisory board consisting of individuals with spinal cord injury and their caregivers to guide product development and community engagement.
As an expansion of these efforts, we’ve launched a Patient Registry to learn more about individuals who want to contribute to this initiative and who may be interested in enrolling in future Neuralink clinical trials, when they become available.
The first episode of our Refinement Series will look at how we evaluate the well-being of an animal as it pertains to housing, food, and water - the key elements of husbandry. We share examples of how we identify gaps in our program and how we tackle those with the help and support of our engineers and animal care teams.
Championing the 3 Rs
At Neuralink, we are committed to championing the “3 Rs” of research:
In this blog post, we describe the 3 Rs and introduce our upcoming multi-part series highlighting the challenges we encounter in animal medical research. We discuss how we think about solutions to these problems using the framework of the 3 Rs. We hope you will take this opportunity to learn alongside us as we dive into the complex world of ensuring animal well-being in a research setting.