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The Dr Hadwen Trust (DHT) is the UK’s leading non-animal medical research charity.  

We fund and promote the development of techniques and procedures to replace the use of animals in biomedical research.

To  achieve our aim, the DHT supports and assists scientists to implement existing techniques and develop new ones which are more human-relevant and will replace animal experiments. We award grants to scientists in universities, hospitals and research organisations following a rigorous and independent peer-reviewed selection procedure. Only those projects with the highest scientific calibre and the best potential for the replacement of animals will be awarded funding.

Funded solely by charitable donations, the DHT has awarded grants to over 160 research projects since 1971 in diverse areas of medical research including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, asthma, diabetes, kidney, heart and liver disease, to name only a few. To date, we continue to be the UK’s leading charity provider of grants solely dedicated to animal replacement research in biomedical research.

We endeavour through promotion and education in the scientific, political and public communities, the wider adoption of such techniques and strive to increase medical progress through this interaction. As a result, the DHT has grown into one of the world leading exponents of non-animal research and is consulted internationally for its expertise in replacement research methods by scientists, governments, educational institutions, animal welfare organisations and industry.

The Trustees of the charity, founded in 1970, had two enduring goals: to play a leading role in funding non-animal replacement research and to advance and develop widespread support for this endeavour always with the vision of making a major and practical contribution to advance medical science without harm to animals.

Today, the DHT is still centred on these founding principles and we continue to demonstrate that cutting-edge research methodologies have led to significant advances and innovations in pursuit of more human relevant approaches without the use of animals.

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