Dr. Hadwen Trust

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Animal Free Research UK
The new Dr Hadwen Trust logo.jpg
The Dr Hadwen Trust.jpg
FounderSidney Hicks
FocusAnimal testing, non-animal medical research, animal replacement techniques
MethodEducation, research, funding
Key people
Carla Owen, CEO; Dr Karen Pilkington; Mike Philpott; Kit Byatt, Chair of Trustees; neuro-oncologist Dr. Geoff Pilkington

Animal Free Research UK (AFRUK) (formerly the Dr Hadwen Trust) is a UK medical research charity that funds and promotes non-animal techniques to replace animal experiments.[1][2] Established in 1970, the work undertaken by Animal Free Research UK develops reliable science whilst avoiding animal testing.

Originally registered with the Charity Commission as charity number 261096, as the Dr Hadwen Trust, the charity became incorporated as a charitable company (registered charity number 1146896) in 2013. In 2015, the Dr Hadwen Trust became registered as a charity in Scotland (SC045327). In April 2017, the charity changed its working name from Dr Hadwen Trust to become Animal Free Research UK.

Animal Free Research UK promotes the practice of non-animal research through its funding, publications, science community outreach, and the media.


Projects receiving funding from the Dr. Hadwen Trust range from epilepsy, multiple sclerosis,[3] breast[4] and skin cancer, meningitis, asthma, diabetes and drug testing, to arthritis, Parkinson’s disease, lung injury, whooping cough, vaccine testing, dentistry, heart disease, tropical illness, fetal development, brain tumours, and AIDS.

Funding is received in the form of summer studentships, PhD students, post-docs, and strategic grants.


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