Dame Judi Dench is a supporter of humane research
Dame Judi Dench, who is a supporter of humane research, has been named as a Patron of the Dr Hadwen Trust (DHT).
The Hitchin based charity funds medical research which replaces the use of animals in experiments.
Through its work, the DHT funds projects which find practical solutions to human health problems.
It aims to develop more human relevant approaches to medical research, using methods that benefit both people and animals.
For 40 years, the DHT has funded ground-breaking research which has helped in the fight against diseases such as cancer, asthma and Alzheimer's disease to name a few.
This year, the charity gave grants for research into epilepsy, bone disease in childhood leukaemia, brain cell imaging, nanotoxicity testing and abdominal pain studies.
Dame Judi Dench said: "Whilst medical research is essential in finding new ways of treating diseases and alleviating human suffering, charities such as the Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research show that it is possible to carry out research without the need for animal testing. In this modern world, new scientific approaches can and do make a real difference and I urge people to give their support to the Dr Hadwen Trust to achieve even more medical advancements without costing animal lives."
Kailah Eglington, Chief Executive of the Dr Hadwen Trust, commented: "We are thrilled to welcome Dame Judi Dench as a Patron of the charity. We hope that through her support we can encourage even more people to support our work in funding and promoting advanced human relevant techniques which replace the use of animals in experiments."
Funded solely by charitable donations, the DHT has awarded grants to over 140 research projects over 40 years for some of the most advanced and successful human-related techniques in the most diverse areas of medical research including cancer, Alzheimer's, asthma, kidney, heart and liver disease and diabetes, to name only a few.
To date, it continues to be the UK's leading charity provider of grants solely dedicated to animal replacement research in medical research.