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The Importance of Community Outreach Programs in Biomedical Research

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Uploaded on Sep 15, 2011

Community outreach programs, like the one at the Wake Forest University Primate Center, help educate the public on the importance of animal research in scientific and medical progress. Allyson Bennett, Ph.D., discusses three reasons why these community outreach programs are so important.

The first reason is that in order for the public to use the cures and treatments that are discovered through research, they have to understand them. For example, many people are frightened by things like vaccines, and much of that fear could be alleviated if they simply had a better understanding of the science behind the treatment.

The second reason is that it is important to educate our young people in animal research and science in general. Having a strong pipeline of our best and brightest who are interested in careers in science is essential to our future.

Finally, community outreach is important because a majority of the money used for animal research is funded by the community. The community can decide whether or not research happens through voting and funding. If they are uneducated as to what the grants and the funding is supported they may choose not to support certain research. As Dr. Bennett says, "The only discoveries in medicine come through research."

More information on the Wake Forest Center for Comparative Medicine Research/Primate Center: http://www.wakehealth.edu/ccmr/

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