About the Animal Research Tomorrow

The Animal Research Tomorrow movement is the result of the successful transformation of the Basel Declaration Society. Our story started in 2010 with the signing of the Basel Declaration, aiming to bring the scientific community together to advance the implementation of ethical principles such as the 3Rs into animal research and to called for more trust, transparency and open communication of animal research. The Society has been the successful catalyzer of international networking among national organizations and interest groups, both in Europe and overseas. After 10 years, we have grown into a grassroots think tank providing scientific advocacy on animal research and alternative methods, helping scientists and research institutions to raise their standards and become proactive and transparent communicators. Instead of resting on these merits we encourage you to join us today and participate in designing and shaping the tomorrow of animal research!


We are an international grassroots NGO of biomedical and animal welfare researchers dedicated to promoting ethically responsible and transparent animal research as outlined in the Basel Declaration. After a successful decade as Basel Declaration Society, our organization has transformed into Animal Research Tomorrow. As Animal Research Tomorrow, we promote openness and fact-based scientific arguments in the international public debate on the necessity and value of animal research for both human and animal health and welfare.

Animal Research Tomorrow and its supporters stand for

  • ethical treatment of animals in research
  • reliable, reproducible, and relevant animal experimentation
  • proactive and fact-based interactive dialog with society
  • increased transparency, accountability, and trust through open science


Prof. Dr. Rolf Zeller
Department of Biomedicine University of Basel Basel, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Richard W. Bianco
Vice President
Director of Experimental Surgery University of Minnesota Minneapolis, USA
Dr. Giuliano Grignaschi
Vice President
Animal Welfare Officer University of Milan Milan, Italy
Assist. Prof. Dr. Johannes Wilbertz
Board Member
Karolinska Institute Comparative Medicine Stockholm, Sweden
Prof. Kevan AC Martin
Board Member
Director, Institute for Neuroinformatics University of Zurich, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Dr. med. vet. Cornelia Exner
Board Member
Animal Welfare Officer Philipps University of Marburg c/o FB Biologie Marburg, Germany
Prof. Dr. Patrick Matthias
Board Member
Friedrich Miescher Institute Basle, Switzerland
Prof. (em) Dr. Ian McGrath
Board Member
FBPharmacolS FSB Editor in Chief, British Journal of Pharmacology University of Glasgow (UK) University of Sydney (AUS)
Prof. Dr. Gregor Rainer
Board Member
Department of Medicine / Physiology University of Fribourg Fribourg, Switzerland
Prof. Dr. Hansjörg Scherberger
Board Member
German Primate Center Göttingen, Germany
Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue
Board Member
Director, German Primate Center Göttingen, Germany
PD Dr. Aimée Zuniga
Board Member
Department of Biomedicine University of Basel Basel, Switzerland
Dr. Nuno Franco
Board Member
Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology Laboratory Animal Science Group University of Porto, Portugal
Servan Grüninger
Board Member
Biostatistician & Computational Scientist Applied Statistics Group Department of Mathematics University of Zurich

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