Leibniz researchers conduct basic and applied research with the aim of developing ways of solving the major challenges facing society. Around 20 Leibniz Institutes, especially those in the field of life sciences, rely on animal experiments for their work. They hope, through their basic research, to make new treatments, drugs and technologies available to tackle widespread diseases, but also to improve animal wellbeing, for example in farming.

The scientists in the Leibniz Association take their responsibility for the welfare of the animals entrusted to them very seriously. Animal experiments are conducted only when unavoidable – when no other methods, e.g. cell culture or computer models, can deliver the required results. Very often, this is for research into human diseases like cancer, HIV, diabetes and malaria, but also research into aging processes, which is necessary for the treatment of diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Animal experiments are also unavoidable for obtaining a better understanding of higher brain functions. Research on farm animals enables scientists to improve conditions for countless pigs, cows and other animals.