*PFP has repeatedly
contacted UCLA's Ringach and administration to get an explanation
but as of 02/02/09, no response has been received.
Dario Ringach, a primate vivisector at UCLA was the focus of
intense animal activist campaigning. In 2006, Ringach sent an
e-mail with a subject line, "You win" and in the e-mail,
claimed he would no longer experiment on primates.
The local Los Angeles activists gave Ringach the
benefit of the doubt and wanted to believe he was being honest and
truthful and stopped their exciting campaign.
However, three years later, a quick perusal of
Ringach's website http://web.mac.com/darioringach/lab/Publications.html
reveals a different story. Ringach has posted 11 articles that involve
primate experimentation since sending the e-mail claiming he was
quitting primate experimentation.
When inquiring into the matter, Ringach responded
with the following e-mail on January 6, 2009:
|In response to the message you recently posted about my research,
I want to inform you that I did indeed stop doing animal research
in August 2006 and have not resumed work with animals since
then. Any recent publications you might have seen describe data
collected prior to that date. My current research centers on
eye movements in human subjects and theoretical work.
Dario Ringach, PhD
Professor of Neurobiology and Psychology
Jules Stein Eye Institute
David Geffen School of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles
firstname.lastname@example.org | http://www.ringachlab.net
However, the articles submitted to the various
medical journals by Ringach are dated 2007, 2008 and 2009.
Ringach continues to receive federal grants with
the same titles as his published articles. You can verify Ringach's
federal grants awarded at: http://crisp.cit.nih.gov/
and you can find the amount of each grant (awarded per year) at
Below are Ringach's federal grants since his e-mail of 2006. His
published articles clearly indicate primates were the test models
and he continues to receive money thru 2008 for this same grant--originally
awarded to experiment on primates.
Also, Ringach's CRISP Abstracts reference 'Macaca fascicularis'
also known as a long-tailed Macaque -- definately a primate.
not currently available
*Quantative Studies of Cortical Visual Processing
** Theoretical studies of visual cortex
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