Funded by the German Government the Berlin-Brandenburg Research Platform BB3R with integrated graduate education has started in April 2014. Joint research of scientists from FU Berlin, Potsdam University, Charité Berlin, TU Berlin, BfR, and Zuse-Institute Berlin will focus in gaining substantial progress in the fields of alternative and humane testing and in strengthening the national 3R expertise. BB3R aims to accomplish the following goals:
- Establishment of alternative methods for preclinical drug development and basic research; facilitation of research collaborations and sustainable research activities in the region Berlin-Brandenburg
- Expansion of regional research activities by establishment of three junior research groups; successful candidates will be qualified for management positions in professional areas related to the 3Rs
- Sustainable establishment of the BB3R graduate school for structured training of graduate students who complete a specific mandatory course program on alternative test methods to animal experimentation and related fields in addition to the research project
- Creation of a pool of 3R experts for advice and assistance
- Increasing the awareness of the society for 3R-related issues
The research platform BB3R along with the associated graduate school will close substantial knowledge gaps in the fields of 3Rs and alternatives to animal experimentation in the years to come.