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Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods

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@RoySmith: Thanks for the evaluation. It seems to me the article meets the basic criteria listed in WP:NORG. The coverage is significant : it is the main subject of the article in University Affairs, a national-level magazine and the CBC article, the national canadian broadcasting society and CTV, a national-level tv broadcasting companies.
It is multiple : CBC, CTV and University Affairs are different outlets.
It is independent, as these media are no part of the University of Windsor.
It is reliable as they are recognized mainstream media sources with editorial oversight.
They are secondary sources: They are not press releases but news articles.
As for the neutrality aspect, could you point out which parts don't seem neutral to you? Thanks for your work. MonsieurD (talk) 18:01, 20 January 2019 (UTC)

Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods
Formation2017; 3 years ago (2017)
PurposeDevelopment of alternatives to animal testing
  • Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Executive Director
Charu Chandrasekera
AffiliationsUniversity of Windsor

The Canadian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Methods (CCAAM) and its subsidiary, the Canadian Centre for the Validation of Alternative Methods (CaCVAM), is a research centre based founded in 2017 at the University of Windsor, in Canada. Its goal is “to develop, validate, and promote laboratory methods and techniques that don’t use animal test subjects”[1]. It is the first centre in Canada dedicated to non-animal testing and the promotion of human-relevant alternatives[2][3].

Mission and projects[edit]

The CCAAM's mission is based on three pillars[4]:

  • scientific research relying exclusively on human-based biomaterials and human biology-based methodologies, including human cells, stem cells, tissues from cadavers, biopsies, and explanted organs from surgeries[5];
  • academic training for scientists, ethicists, regulators, and policy makers, including development of a one-year masters programme[6];
  • regulatory initiatives for changing chemical safety methods in Canada, with academic, industry, government, and public partnerships.

One of its main focuses of research is diabetes, using “human stem cells to create diabetes in a dish”[7].

The CCAM is opposed to animal testing based on ethical and scientific reasons[8]. The director, biochemist Dr. Charu Chandrasekera who specializes in heart disease and diabetes, states that “Ninety-five per cent of drugs tested to be safe and effective in animal models fail in human clinical trials” [5].


In 2018, it received a $1 million donation from the Eric S. Margolis Family Foundation, considered “the largest research donation in University of Windsor history”[9], part of which will be used to create a research and training facility.

See also[edit]

  • Alternatives to animal testing
  • Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing


  1. "Philanthropic donation to U of W research to avoid animal testing | Windsor Star". 2018-10-31.
  2. "New U of Windsor research centre aims to do away with laboratory animals | University Affairs". 2017-11-13.
  3. "Jump in animal research in Canada generates debate on science ethics | Vancouver Sun". 2018-02-04.
  4. "Our Vision and Mission".
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Hatching disease in a dish: The new frontier in drug testing | Maclean's". 2019-11-23.
  6. "Canadian centre for alternatives to animal tests opens".
  7. "UWindsor gets $1M donation to find alternatives to animal lab testing | CBC News". 2018-10-30.
  8. "New lab at University of Windsor investigates alternatives to animal testing | CTV News". 2019-10-11.
  9. "UWindsor gets $1M donation to find other methods to animal testing | CTV News". 2018-10-30.

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