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In the category "young talent", the two freelance journalists Lydia Klöckner and Adrian Lobe has been honoured with the renowned Georg von Holtzbrinck Prize for science journalism. The prize recognizes outstanding achievements in the field of science journalism.

A team of scientists from the Cluster of Excellence for inflammation research at the Kiel University has decrypted an important mechanism with in vitro methods. Now they are able to explain which cell type produces the major inflammatory messenger IL-9 on a large scale. IL-9 plays an important role in allergic reactions or during the anti-tumor activity of the immune system.

In the category "science" and "training", several scientists are qualified for the prize of the British cosmetics producer LUSH. In this year, 55 nominations from 21 countries have been selected. £250,000 prize money (equivalent to just 278,000 euros) will be shared by the winners to support the ending of animal experiments in research, industry and training. The winners will be awarded during a conference on 11 November in London.

Researcher from the Institute of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Bonn University led by Professor Wolfgang Voos have decrypted a new mechanism which possibly contributes to the development of the Alzheimer´s disease. Thus, the beta amyloid depositions are not responsible for the dying of nerve cells but they prevent the supply of important proteins into the mitochondria.

CAAT Academy Training Sessions Program 2017

Thursday, 29 September 2016 15:09

Next year, nine different training events are organized by the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) Europe. topics are from organ-on-a-chip applications to in vitro eye and skin models, in vitro lung and kidney models, prediction models for liver toxicity tests, in vitro-in vivo extrapolation training and in silico tool applications for risk assessments.

Pain Research: Diabetic neuropathy in vitro

Thursday, 29 September 2016 10:36

The new research consortium "NeuRoWeg" wants to establish a stem cell-derived cell system for basic research on pain and industrial drug discovery. As an example a model should be used to investigate diabetic neuropathy.

Lower Saxony's Agriculture Minister Christian Meyer wants decrease the number of animal experiments by means of an European database.

In the following three years, in vitro researcher Prof. Marcel Leist, head of the Doerenkamp-Zbinden Chair of in vitro Toxicology and Biomedicine at the University Konstanz, will recieve funding to establish an important brain cell type in the petri dish which is called astrocytes. This will be a next step on the way to replace animal experiments in biomedical research.

Three British companies wanted to sell cosmetics in europe that they had been tested on animals for the Asian market (China and Japan). However, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) confirmed the existing sales prohibition on cosmetics tested on animals in Europe that came into practise on March 11, 2013.

ECHA has published advice on how to use the OECD test guideline on fish embryo acute toxicity (FET) test under REACH. The document describes the scope and the limitations when using the FET test.