The DHT Studentship & Fellowship schemes have been established to assist undergraduate or newly graduated students in gaining practical animal-replacement research experience by working in a laboratory environment.

Dublin: HPRA 3Rs Conference

Thursday, 02 March 2017 15:45

The HPRA is the competent authority in Ireland responsible for the implementation of EU legislation (Directive 2010/63/EU) for the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.  The section within the HPRA specifically responsible for the implementation of the Directive is called the Scientific Animal Protection (SAP) section. The SAP team within the HPRA are committed to ensuring that the care and use of animals for scientific purposes is in line with the 3R principles (replacement, reduction and refinement). In order to enhance awareness of the 3Rs amongst the research community in Ireland and beyond the HPRA is planning to host a 3Rs information day on May 17th, 2017.

Spain: Skin from a 3d printer

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 15:30

Scientists led by Prof. José Luis Jorcano from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), CIEMAT (Center for Energy, Environmental and Technological Research), Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón, in collaboration with the firm BioDan Group, have presented a prototype for a 3D bioprinter that can create totally functional human skin.

Professor Thomas Hartung from the Johns Hopkins University, the United States of America, is the recipient of the Björn Ekwall Memorial Award for the year 2017 in recognition of his scientific achievements in the development and evaluation of methods for risk assessment of toxic chemicals, without the use of experimental animals, and for his work as the Director of ECVAM (2002-2008) and the Director of CAAT (from 2009 until present).

A new multiregional brain-on-a-chip models the connectivity between three distinct regions of the brain and Model allows researchers from Harvard university to study how diseases like schizophrenia impact different regions of the brain simultaneously.

Next etat: EU researchers disappointed

Friday, 13 January 2017 21:49

Incoming budget head Günther Oettinger says the research programme will receive an extra €200M – and not €400M as proposed. Top universities say this is “peanuts” next to the €2.2B taken from Horizon 2020 to fund the Juncker Plan.

New study on Zika in developing brain cells

Friday, 13 January 2017 19:26

French researchers found evidence that Zika infection of glial cells in the developing brain is mediated by the Gas6-AXL pathway. They also noted that Gas6-AXL plays another role: activating kinase activity, which reduces the immune response and facilitates infection.

The PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. is accepting proposals that will demonstrate application of a VITROCELL® in vitro exposure system to reduce and replace the use of animals in inhalation testing (Deadline 30 March 2017). The award winner, who will be selected based on the proposal’s scientific merit and its potential to replace animal testing, will receive an exposure system from VITROCELL® (valued at up to $100,000).

Researchers from the CeMM Research Center of Molecular Medicine at the Austrian Academy of Sciences have discovered that artemisinins, an approved drug group against malaria, transfer glucagon-producing alpha cells of the pancreas in insulin-producing cells. In patients suffering from type 1 diabetes, these are cells are damaged. For their investigations the researchers used specific alpha cell lines.

New book publication

Friday, 02 December 2016 00:13

Springer's Protocols series will shortly publish the book "Stem Cell-Derived Models in Toxicology.