Book Talk: "The Rise and Fall of Animal Experimentation" with Richard J. Miller

The DePaul Center for Animal Law is excited to present a talk by Richard J. Miller (scientist/author) on his new book, "The Rise and Fall of Animal Experimentation: Empathy, Science, and the Future of Research." 

This program will be held on March 27, 2024, from 12-1 pm. It will be hybrid, available both in person (Lewis 905) and online.

1 hour CLE may be available for IL attendees. Plant-based food and refreshments will be provided for in-person attendees.

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For more information on the author and to purchase the book, please visit

This event is co-sponsored with the International Institute for Animal Law.

Book Description:
Biomedical research makes extensive use of animals even though it is frequently extremely cruel. The book examines the history of animal research, how it arose in antiquity and the history of the animal welfare movement that opposes animal research. The book asks several important questions about animal research including whether it is really effective in today’s world, whether it is ethical and whether it is necessary in the face of many current technological developments. The book discusses how modern research technologies such as human stem cell research is rapidly making animal research obsolete.

Author Bio:
Richard Joel Miller was born in Portman Square in London, England. He developed an interest in chemistry when his father gave him a chemistry set for his fifth birthday. Following an unfortunate series of events involving explosions in the family garage, his interests (much to his parents’ relief) shifted to the finer points of biochemistry, and a desire to use science to understand the workings of the brain. Richard obtained his PhD from Cambridge University and then joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 1975. After 25 years he transferred to the Department of Pharmacology at Northwestern University, where he is now Professor Emeritus.

Richard has published over five hundred scientific papers and four books in the areas of biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, and neuroscience (see Google Scholars). Richard’s research has concentrated on trying to understand how drugs interact with the nervous system, as discussed in his first book “Drugged” (Oxford University Press, OUP).

Richard lives in Chicago with his wife and two cats, Marvel and Oba. He loves animals, all the arts and sports (go Arsenal!)


Wednesday, March 27 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Lewis Center, 905


College of Law, Center for Animal Law, (All) College of Law, CLE (Continuing Legal Education)

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