Scientific Governance

Scientific Governance

Scientific Advisory Committee

A Scientific Advisory Committee critically and independently reviews all research requests to assess scientific merit, and provides comment to the Board through the Chair on Borne’s ability to deliver its scientific mission and maintain scientific excellence.

This Committee, chaired by Tom MacDonald also conducts a quinquennial review of the long-term funding, strategic direction and quality of the research at the centre.

Use of animals in research

Borne’s research uses human cells and tissue in the main, and is carried out with patients’ active consent.  There are occasions where mice and other laboratory animals may be used. This is when in vivo modelling is necessary to advance our understanding of biological processes and to develop new treatments, and there are no alternatives available as it is not ethical to carry out these studies in humans.

Borne supports the Association of Medical Research Charities’ position on the use of animals in research: http://www.amrc.org.uk/publications/statement-on-the-use-of-animals-in-research