Wayne State Heart Failure Experiments Violate Federal Law
A new Physicians Committee legal complaint highlights the fate of Rogue and other dogs used in painful heart failure experiments at Wayne State University. Details of the experiments came to light after a Michigan judge ordered the university to give medical records and other documents to the Physicians Committee.
“A hound named Rogue had her chest and abdomen opened up to implant nine devices, one of which likely rubbed a hole in her aorta causing her to bleed into her chest,” explains says Kenneth Litwak, D.V.M., Ph.D., a former animal researcher and associate director of laboratory medicine for the Physicians Committee. “She was forced to exercise on a treadmill just four days after one of her surgeries. Rogue’s short life in the laboratory failed to provide any data that would lead to treatments for human patients.”
An ad showing a dog similar to Rogue appeared in the Wayne State student newspaper and urged readers to tweet pictures of their dogs to the National Institutes of Health, the agency that has been funding the dog experiments for more than 20 years. At least one government-funded experimenter at Wayne State currently has approval to use and then kill 22 dogs per year.
Epidemiological studies, such as the Framingham Study and Methodist Study, continue to give researchers insight into the causes of heart failure, while human clinical trials provide treatment and prevention options. The National Institutes of Health should fund only human-relevant research.
To learn read Rogue’s story, visits RogueExperiments.org.