BPRC is a research institute, and therefore the main way in which BPRC informs the rest of the world about its research is through normal scientific communication channels. When an experiment, or a series of experiments, has been completed the results are written in a special format and subsequently sent to a scientific journal for publication. Before a journal will agree to publish, the results are sent to independent experts who carefully look at the data and assess whether the work is accurate and reliable. The experts also assess whether the work is important enough to be published. The scientific journals, under advice from these experts do not agree to publish the results until all of the important facts are clear. This accuracy is, of course, all the more vital when dealing with results, such as those from research at BPRC, which may ultimately mean life or death for patients in the future. A database of the scientific literature is kept on the internet through a free, publicly available, searchable service called PubMed. An idea of the kind of contribution that BPRC has made to scientific knowledge can be gained from the lists of publications in the past few years and at the list of achievements of the institute.
BPRC scientists are very active in meeting and discussing with other scientists, both nationally and internationally,. Often this takes the form of presentations during scientific meetings. Participation in these meetings presents the opportunity for scientific debate. It is also an excellent way to ensure that BPRC scientists keep up with the latest developments and improvements in scientific and animal care techniques.
In the last few years, newspapers, television and other media outlets have regularly included scientific information in their output. Because of public interest generated by the debate about the use of animals in research there is constant media attention on BPRC. To enable an accurate representation of the BPRC in the media, the institute has an open policy towards the media, and is frequently in contact with journalists, both on a national and international level. In addition, the BPRC regularly organizes guided tours for interested groups and schools.
To enable a closer look into what is going on in the centre, BPRC has agreed to allow VICE to extensively film inside the BPRC facilities. VICE is a young medium that makes documentaries for the Internet. At the end of 2014, struck by the debate on animal testing and the BPRC, VICE came with the request to film at the BPRC facilities.
The documentary can be viewed here:
The BPRC website
The BPRC website has also been developed to help non-scientists appreciate and understand the work that is carried out at BPRC. It also provides a contact point for you to communicate with BPRC. If there are questions you have or comments on how the website can be improved we welcome your ideas. Currently, information about the research achievements over the past few years, and research news on the various disease topics that are studied at the BPRC, can be found within the web site. Alongside, development and use of alternatives and Animal Science is covered.