Adopted on November 29, 2010 on the occasion of the first Basel conference
«Research at a Crossroads»
Over the last 100 years biomedical research has contributed substantially to our understanding of biological processes and thus to an increase in life expectancy and improvement in the quality of life of humans and animals. However, the list of challenges and new opportunities remains long.
Without research using animals, it will not be possible to overcome the social and humanitarian challenges posed by these problems. Despite new and refined alternative methods, animal experiments will remain essential in the foreseeable future for biomedical research. Bearing this in mind, the participants of this conference subscribe to the following points.
We, the undersigned, shall:
The first signees:
Prof. Dr. Stefan Treue
Prof. Dr. Michael Hengartner
Prof. Dr. Dieter Imboden