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Professor's Retirement, not Animal Rights Groups, Closes Sound Localization Lab, University Says

The University of Wisonsin-Madison said in a statement that the lab was not closed due to animal rights activists.

by University of Wisconsin-Madison,Lab Manager
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Though criticized by PETA and other animal rights groups for it use of cats in its research into how the brain localizes sound, UW-Madison said such criticism had no bearing on its decision to close the lab, saying that the retirement of neuroscience professor Tom Yin is the driving force.

In a statement issued Jan. 23, the school said:

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After nearly 40 years of distinguished teaching and research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, neuroscience professor Tom Yin has opted to retire, a decision he made more than a year ago when his National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant was up for renewal. The decision to retire and close the lab was made because of his age and not because of any anticipated difficulty renewing the NIH award, which was funded continuously for decades. None of Dr. Yin’s research grant applications on sound localization had ever been turned down by NIH, even in a hypercompetitive funding environment, a testament to the quality and importance of the science. Work in his lab ceased months ago. As the animals were well socialized and used to human contact, they were adopted out, a not uncommon practice for many research institutions. The work in the lab was highly regarded scientifically and yielded important insights into how the brain localizes sound, knowledge important for such things as hearing and cochlear implants. While work in the lab has come to an end, it is reflective of the natural evolution of university research programs and what occurs when researchers reach retirement age. Dr. Yin is 70 years old. The important research conducted by Dr. Yin and his colleagues was in no way affected or curtailed due to activity by animal rights organizations and any such claims are patently false.