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The 36th presentation of the Animal Welfare Research Award of the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture takes place in Berlin today. This year’s happy winners is Dr. Alexander Mosig and his team from Jena University Hospital. They not only develop organs on microchips but also integrate their own immune cells in order to get closer to the human situation. They study their function as well as their function in organ diseases.

A new research consortium is developing a roadmap for the further development of organ-on-a-chip technology on behalf of the EU. Under the leadership of the Leiden University Medical Center as well as the Dutch research organisation hDMT (Institute for human Organ and Disease Model Technologies), the participants are conducting research with the aim of establishing a European infrastructure to enable the coordinated development, production and implementation of organ-on-a-chip systems. The consortium is funded by the EU within the framework FET Open and brings together six leading European research institutions, including the German Fraunhofer IGB.

Researchers from the University Medical Center of Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), Institute of Physiological Chemistry, led by Dr. Marcelo Salierno, have developed a promising technique be able to facilitate the differentiation of stem cells into neurons. This even enables to accelerate the maturation process.

Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize 2018

Thursday, 02 November 2017 11:12

For the seventh time, the German Research Foundation (DFG) wants to award the Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize to those scientists who are considered to have made exemplary and sustained efforts to improve the welfare of animals in research. The prize is endowed with up to 100,000 euros.

The German Research Foundation call offers scientists to apply for the "Communicator Prize - Science Prize of the "Stifterverband" of the DFG or submit proposals till January the 5th.

As reported by the Humane Society International on its website, a scientific panel appointed by the Japanese Food Safety Commission recommended that the long-term toxicity test on dogs be used to test pesticides can be abolished. If the competent authorities agree, such tests then would only be carried out by the OECD member country South Korea.

CN Bio Innovations, a spin-out from the University of Oxford, will be working with scientists from the FDA’s Centre for Drug Evaluation and Research with the aim of integrating organ-on-a-chip technology in the drug development process to improve preclinical testing while taking animals out of the equation.

A team from the Lab of Computational Biology (LCB) at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, led by Computational biologist Prof. Stein Aerts has developed a computer program called SCENIC that is able to identify different cell types based on their gene expression patterns, quickly and accurately.

CRACK IT is a funding competition (Challenges) and technology partnering hub (Solutions) designed to accelerate the development, application and commercialisation of technologies with 3Rs potential as they emerge from the research base. CRACK IT has been developed to facilitate active collaboration between the pharmaceutical, chemical and consumer products industries, contract research organisations, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the academic sector.

NC3R: International 3Rs prize

Friday, 06 October 2017 13:26

Each year the NC3Rs awards a prize to highlight an outstanding original contribution to scientific and technological advances in the 3Rs, published in the last three years. The award consists of a £28k prize grant and £2k personal award. Highly-commended entries receive a £4k grant and a £1k personal award.

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