NIH defunds Colombian research facility that allegedly abused monkeys


The U.S. National Institutes for Health (NIH) has defunded Caucaseco Scientific Research Center, a malaria research facility in Cali, Colombia, after an investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals uncovered appalling conditions, animal neglect, and that the facility had falsified ethics approvals for studies that could affect nearly two dozen papers published in major scientific journals. The investigation prompted Colombian officials to close the facility, seize more than one hundred owl monkeys, and launch a criminal investigation into the facility and its owners, Myriam Arévalo-Herrera and Sócrates Herrera, who have received $17.6 million in NIH funding since 2003.

[To accompany International Update "NIH Defunds Colombian Research Facility that Allegedly Abused Monkeys” from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 197]