LRRI Whistleblower Reveals 'Horrific' Explosive Head Injury Experiment; USDA Confirms Investigation of Watchdog Complaint

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(1)
Please contact Jeffrey Lewine
Research Network/Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute and demand that Traumatic Brain Injury project be IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED!
 
Jeffrey Lewine
Jlewine@mrn.org
505-272-5028 or toll-free 866-254-6463
(These are general numbers, please ask to speak to Jeffrey Lewine)
 The Mind Research Network
1101 Yale Blvd. NE,
Albuquerque,  New Mexico 87106

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Please contact Dr. Gibbens and demand that he take immediate action against the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute for all violations relevant to the Traumatic Brain Injury Project at Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute.

Dr. Robert Gibbens
Director, Western Region
USDA/APHIS/A
2150 Center Ave.
Building B, Mailstop 3W11
Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117
(970) 494-7478
Robert.M.Gibbens@usda.gov

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Please contact Robert W. Rubin, CEO Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute (LRRI) insist that the joint Mind Research Network/Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute Traumatic Brain Injury project be IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED

Robert W. Rubin, CEO
Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute
2425 Ridgecrest Dr. SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108-5127
(505) 348-9365
rwrubin@lrri.org  


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 30, 2012
Contact: Michael Budkie, SAEN www.saenonline.org, saen@saenonline.org, (513) 575-5517

Attn: Assignment Desk

LRRI Whistleblower Reveals 'Horrific' Explosive Head Injury Experiment; USDA Confirms Investigation of Watchdog Complaint

Albuquerque, NM – The existence of an LRRI project involving explosive head injuries – without any anesthesia – has been leaked to the public by a source close to the workings of the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, according to a national research watchdog organization.

Cincinnati-based SAEN has revealed it has been contacted by another inside source connected to the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, which said the Dept of Defense-funded experiment is currently a pilot project and is yet to be fully-funded.

The experiment will subject non-human primates to blast induced head injuries. In one aspect of the study, some of the monkeys may not receive anesthesia during the blast. Initial measurements of the primates have begun.

An Official Complaint has been filed with the United States Department of Agriculture, requesting a thorough investigation of the pilot project. Concerns exist about legal requirements for use of anesthesia, adequate veterinary care for the monkeys, consideration of alternatives, etc. The USDA has confirmed that an investigation is underway.

It is believed that the project has been proposed solely to attract DOD funding, in spite of the scientific invalidity of the study.

“It is horrendous that monkeys will be subjected to a process as painful as explosive head injury,” said Michael A. Budkie, A.H.T., Executive Director, SAEN. “This is simply horrific...performing these blasts without anesthetizing the monkeys. We want to stop this project before it gets fully started.”

LRRI has previously been fined over $21,750 in the suffocation death of a primate, and federal sources have confirmed a second investigation by the IES division of the USDA for the deaths of two dogs (1 by suffocation, 1 by exsanguination). Another scandal has surrounded the lab due to the extermination of 300 monkeys and 100 dogs following the loss of a research contract.

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