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The European Medicines Agency (EMA) will revise the regulations which are applied when drugs are tested in humans for the first time. This intervention follows in response to an incident from January this year, as a proband died and five others seriously was hurt during a phase I study in Rennes, France.

The international Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is awarded annually to one young scientist for the most outstanding neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology conducted by him/her during the past three years.

Using human hepatocytes, scientists are going to investigate the toxicology of the industrial chemical perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) for the next two years. Since it is questionable whether previous results from animal experiments with the chemical are transferable directly to humans, the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) molecular mechanisms will examine in the liver cells, which may the German Federal Institute of Risk Assessment (BfR) will study the moilecular mechanism in the liver cells which maybe induce toxic effects in these cells.

The bill requires amongst others, alternatives to animal tests be considered and used, and places restrictions on animal testing, which are stronger than current law, that will over time facilitate the development and adoption of human-relevant, non-animal methods.

EUSAAT 2016 Practical Training Course

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 14:07

During the this Years´ congress located in Linz, the European Society for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EUSAAT) offers the “EUSAAT 2016 Practical Training Course on Alternative Methods”, which will be focusing on "Application of commercially available human tissue models".

The University of Ulm will receive an interdisciplinary graduate program in order to explorate the lungs. The project is called PULMOSENS ("micro and nanoscale sensors for the lungs"). Researchers from the fields of engineering, natural and life sciences will cooperate closely together here and will do basic research on biomedical questions with new, innovative sensor systems. They also want to deliver new therapeutic approaches and - before all - they will train young scientists.

The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture is looking for innovative, scientific approaches or techniques that replace animal experiments or to reduce their number. Work to improve the housing conditions for animals may be also submitted.

CAAT-EU: Information Day in Constance

Monday, 23 May 2016 20:10

This year, the first German chair for alternatives to animal use is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The event will be used to look back what milestones have been achieved in the 10 years. Titled "Progress in Alternative Methods in Toxicology and Biomedicine " the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) is organizing a symposium on July 8 in Constance.

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Harvard University have produced insulin-secreting cells from stem cells derived from patients with type 1 diabetes.

Scientists from the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg led by Prof. Paul Wilmes, in collaboration with colleagues at the Luxembourg Institute of Health and the University of Arizona in the United States have developed a model of the human gut which is representative of the actual conditions and processes that occur within humans´ intestines.