Psychiatry has made huge leaps in recent years as it has become ever more scientific in nature. Our understanding of disorders, drugs and therapies has grown dramatically, much of it through research with animals. But are mice and rats good models for these complex diseases, can depression in dogs really equate with depression in people, and how much does that matter?
A group of experts came along to the Science Media Centre to discuss issues such as:
Dr Sarah Bailey, Senior Lecturer, Department of Pharmacy and Psychopharmacology, University of Bath
Prof Graeme Henderson, Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology, University of Bristol and Vice President – Publications of the British Pharmacological Society
Dr Emma Robinson, Reader in Psychopharmacology, University of Bristol