Animal Free Research UK

Registered Charity Number: 1146896, SC045327
Hitchin, Hertfordshire

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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 170 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.

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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Animal Free Research UK Suite 8
Portmill House
Portmill Lane


Phone: 01462 436819
Fax: 01462 436844

Animal Free Research UK News

Alzheimer's disease research

Date posted: 19 May 2014

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a devastating and progressive condition that leads to dementia. With an aging population, the disease is becoming more common in our society so research is urgently needed to understand the causes and then develop better treatments.… Read More»

Multivalent quantum dot non-antibody binding protein (nABP) imaging probes

Date posted: 19 May 2014

We are proud to announce the DHT's latest funded research project which uses the exciting technology of quantum dots coupled with nABPs to help replace the reliance on animals for antibody generation.… Read More»

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March 2017 March 2016
Total Income £1,115,697 £822,767
Total Expenditure £1,091,464 £1,150,859

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