American scientists led by Prof. Han Seok Ko from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, have found a genetic mutation that may be responsible for the development of Parkinson's disease and plaque development in the brain.

The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) announces a call for submissions for its 2018 3Rs Science Prize.
Prof. Maike Windbergs is working at the Buchmann Institute of Molecular Life Sciences, Frankfurt, since February 2017. Using three-dimensional skin models she investigates effects of drugs on the skin. For her ground-breaking work on the design and testing of new drugs, she was honoured  with the "Research Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Pharmaceutical Sciences 2018".

The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture has announced the Animal Protection Research Award. It is endowed with a total of euros 25,000.
EBiSC is the first European bank for human induced pluripotent stem cells, gained from healthy volunteers as well as from patients suffering from various hereditary diseases. The cell bank offers 795 human cell lines, another 240 will be available shortly.
Scientists from the University of Buffalo, New York, have developed a microchip that enables them to dirigate the movement of liquids in micro- and nano-sized channels. This is achieved by capillary and vacuum forces.
Researchers at ETH Zurich have used cell cultures to find out more precisely why drugs do not work in all People in a same manner. The differences were analysed using systems biology, proteomics and metabolomics approaches.
From April 2018 to the end of 2019, the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Business and the European Social Fund support the successful Berlin Startup Scholarship at Free University Berlin, Technical University Berlin, Humboldt University and Charité with € 4.3million.

Researchers from the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research in Braunschweig (HZI) together with the InSCREENeX GmbH have developed a universal method with which they can proliferate cells of any donor tissue while maintaining their function. The study has been published in Nature Communications.

The research funding for the replacement and supplementary methods to animal experiments of the State of Baden-Württemberg is entering a new phase. An application is possible until May 15, 2015.