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.

The Society of Toxicology (SOT) is accepting applications through Monday, October 9, for the following grant opportunities.

Respiratory allergens causing diseases like asthma can be identified using methods based on human cells and computer programs. convinced of this, an international research team has developed an investigative approach that was presented in the journal Applied In Vitro Toxicology.

Disease Models: Epilepsy on the Chip

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 11:39

A team of researchers from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, are developing an organ-on-a-chip model to be able to create two different forms of epilepsy. To realise they will receive $ 2.0 million of funding for the following two years from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS).

JRC: Trainee on non-animal methods in GHS

Monday, 02 October 2017 15:35

The traineeship involves activities, under supervision of the Traineeship adviser, at the Chemical Safety and Alternative methods Unit and the EU Reference Laboratory for Alternatives to Animal Testing (EURL ECVAM) related to the introduction of criteria on how to use non-animal methods for classification of health hazards in the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

The traineeship will involve support to desk-based research which will result in an elaborate text proposal to be discussed at EU level as well as within the UN Subcommittee working group on non-animal methods for future inclusion into the GHS.

Inducative duration: 5 months.
Location: Ispra, Italy
Deadline: November 10, 2017, 23:59 Brussels time

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The 12th International Conference and Workshop on Biological Barriers is an international scientific event, organized every two years and receiving constantly 200+ registered attendees from all over the world.

The European Commission has published early details on funding opportunities for the next three years under its Future and Emerging Technologies research stream. The next €1B flagship projects will target ICT, energy and health, according to the draft work programme for 2018-2020 published by the Commission.