The senate has agreed to invest around EUR 31 million on a new building to house animals used in laboratories at the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE), a press release said on November 28, 2017. The old buildings date back to the post-war era and do not meet present standards. The new building and refurbishment work will meet tough European and German regulations on animal and work safety and secure the high quality of biomedical research at UKE.
Building to meet highest standards
Animals kept for research purposes are housed in a special building with complex technical demands. Katharina Fegebank, Senator Science, Research and Equality, said: “UKE uses alternative research purposes where possible. However, after careful examination, animals have to be used to find ways of healing severe illnesses and to save lives. That is part of all cutting-edge medical research and which benefits sick people in particular. The new building will improve the situation for animals, nursing staff, researchers and patients as well.”
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