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WHAT IS YOUR HELPATHON QUESTION?
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HELPATHON TEAM
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Are you wondering how you and your organization can shift current research practice towards an animal free research practice? Do you have a burning question regarding your research(models) you never knew who to ask about this before. Let us know and we will post your question on this site and find out who wants to help you. 
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And maybe we can organize a HELPATHON with you...

Animal-free innovation becomes easier if you choose to do it together: with patients, researchers, financiers, health professionals, policy makers and other experts involved. That is what we do in a Helpathon.

We realized that many scientists, who currently use animals for their research, were not aware of the vast amount of alternative methods already present, or under development. Furthermore, these scientists often thought that they had to do 'even more' extensive animal experiments before being able to enter Phase 1 clinical trials because they had no experience with regulatory bodies; or they just found it easier to continue their basic research with their familiar animal model.

Within the Dutch initiative: TPI (transition to animal free innovations), we initiated the Helpathon. A Helpathon is an innovation two day workshop led by the Helpathon Team. Our plan is to train scientists to think differently, show them the way, dare them to enter the world of non-animal methods, and to help them to realize their new plans. All in a very friendly, informal environment with at least eight (but more is better) people from different disciplines.

The success of our Helpathons, which were financed from TPI, has motivated the Helpathon Team to continue their work and to find financing for ten new Helpathons in 2020. (www.tpihelpathon.nl). With the help of the TPI team in the Netherlands we already found funding for three Helpathons:


Before giving it a go we check with you:

  • is the question authentic is there really time and space for creativity? 
  • is there sufficient informal or formal support from the host organization? 
  • have frameworks of privacy and communication been agreed?
  • can participants from mutual formal and informal networks join? 
  • is there a joint planning for invite, recruit, Helpathon and evaluation? 
  • is there a team dedicated to organize the Helpathon together with the questioners, representatives of the host organization and participants of the Helpathon

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