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MAWA'S AIM & OPERATIONS
The aim of the Medical Advances Without Animals Trust (MAWA) is to advance medical science to improve human health and therapeutic outcomes without using animals or animal products. MAWA is an Australian organisation and a registered charity with its administrative base in Canberra. MAWA’s Board and Advisory Panel include senior scientists, academics and medical consultants. MAWA works with the scientific research community in Australian universities and medical research institutions, and has a partnership with The Australian National University (ANU).
MAWA operates as an independent medical research and educational trust fund to facilitate the development and utilisation of non-animal based experimental methods to replace the use of animals in medical research. It is expected that by funding replacement research and training scientists in alternative techniques, the reliance on the use of animals and animal products will be reduced. The Trust provides research and equipment grants, fellowships, scholarships, bursaries and sponsorships to scientists and scholars throughout Australia in a competitive award process, and funds a range of other initiatives to further MAWA’s goals.
The MAWA Trust has formed a partnership with The Australian National University (ANU) to establish The Australian Centre for Alternatives to Animal Research (ACAAR). The Centre will provide a focal point for alternatives research, act as a knowledge and technical resource, and develop and implement strategies to facilitate a broad adoption of replacement methods. As a first step MAWA awarded funds to the ANU for two Fellowships and the appointment of an Associate Professor in Alternatives to provide scientific leadership in replacement research.
The ANU based research program began with the establishment of an alternatives bioinformatics research group in The John Curtin School of Medical Research (JCSMR), Australia’s national medical research institution, and by supporting computational biophysics research projects in the ANU’s highly regarded Research School of Biology. The ANU has also been awarded research grants, scholarships and bursaries for other replacement projects and for recipients and scholars to travel to overseas institutions for training. MAWA is very grateful for the strong support and valuable guidance it has received from senior academics and executives at the ANU.