Understanding Animal Research (UAR) is the UK's only organization devoted solely to helping the public understand why and how animals are used in scientific research and to maintaining a supportive operating environment for such research in this country. Formed in January 2009, following a merger between the Research Defence Society and the Coalition for Medical Progress, UAR has a small staff of around 10 people and a Council of 12, chaired by Professor Jeremy Pearson, which oversees our governance. We also have an Expert Network of individuals from across the bioscience sector and related stakeholder organizations that help to inform our work.

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