In Italy, the home of seminal research into the brain mechanisms that give rise to addictive behaviors – including alcoholism – animal research addressing substance use disorders is at great risk. There is much to be lost when this devastating disorder of the brain is under-addressed or ignored because of the political agenda of so-called activists whose goal is actually to impede progress and erode human welfare.
Professor David Jentsch is a highly respected UCLA neuroscientist who specialises in the study of addiction, one of the most widespread and serious medical problems in our society today. Sadly, by devoting his career to finding out how to better treat a condition that ruins – and all too often ends – many millions of lives in the USA and around the world every year, David has found himself, his colleagues, and his friends and neighbors under attack from animal rights extremists whose tactics have ranged from harassment, stalking and intimidation, to arson and violence.
Did this extremist campaign persuade David to abandon his research?
In 2009 David responded to the extremist campaign against him and his colleagues by helping to found Pro-Test for Science to campaign for science and against animal rights extremism at UCLA, and has been a key contributor to Speaking of Research…
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