Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scanner at the Aston MRI Research Centre, funded by LDF and led by Prof. Paul Furlong

Case Study

By supporting the running costs of a brain scanning facility, LDF aided the investigation of human neuroscience and increased our understanding of the human brain, searching for ways to tackle human neuro-degenerative disease.  We show that there is a better way than putting electrodes into the brains of monkeys.

The Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research (LDF)

  • We support medical and scientific research
  • Replace the use of animals with advanced techniques
  • Helping and saving people 

Founded in 1973, the Lord Dowding Fund aims to fund, promote and assist better methods of scientific and medical research for testing products, curing disease and providing education and training, which replace the use of animals. 


The Fund awards an average of £300,000 a year to researchers with grants totalling around £3 million having been awarded since 1973. In the past, researchers have worked on research projects covering microsurgery, breast and lung cancer and brain tumours, product safety testing, Parkinson’s disease, schizophrenia, cot deaths, cataracts, kidney research, cell culture, computer-aided drug design, biotechnology, brain damage and computer teaching packages which replace the use of animals in education of students at school and university level.

Good science. Saving animals.