As part of an initiative of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) against the opioid crisis in in the United States, the University of Central Florida (UIF) in Orlando will be developing overdose models by using the multi-organ chip systems of the start-up company Hesperos. For these investigations, the UCF has received the first phase of a $3.8 million NIH grant.

Two new working groups involving renowned American scientists are being funded by the Charité Foundation with a total of 450,000 euros over the next three years.

Under the name SuBiTU (Surface Biology Testing Unit), researchers from the departments of mechanical engineering and biology at the TU Darmstadt have developed a test chamber with which they can observe the growth of cells on bone implants. Wth the new chamber they can reduce animal experiments.

Air pollution detectable in the placenta

Thursday, 19 September 2019 11:35

Belgian researchers have used a new method to prove finest carbon particles (black carbon) on the fetal side of the placenta. The contamination was already detected in the 12th pregnancy week. The concentration correlated with the air pollution at the mother's place of residence.

Herbert Stiller Research Prize awarded

Thursday, 19 September 2019 11:34

Prof. Dr. Jens Kurreck and Dr. Johanna Berg from the Technical University of Berlin, as well as Dr. Mario Rothbauer from the Vienna University of Technology have received the this year's Herbert Stiller Award for animal-free research. The prize was presented by the Animal Welfare Organization Doctors Against Animal Experiments.

USA: Memo for the reduction of animal experiments

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 09:52

According to the press office of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the agency has issued a memo under which the reduction of animal testing in toxicology should have priority.

"Brain wave measurements" in brain organoids

Wednesday, 04 September 2019 15:41

American researchers have measured electrical activity in miniature brains, which, according to the researchers, are supposed to be similar to brain waves in premature infants.

Using the novel organ-on-a-chip technology, scientists from the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB as well as from the University of Tübingen have succeeded in simulating the complexity of the human retina in a microphysiological system. The retina-on-a-chip model can help to investigate eye diseases and test the harmful side effects of drugs on the eyes.

In two new projects, researchers from the Institute of Pharmaceutical Technology at Braunschweig University of Technology will develop human nasal mucosa and cornea models in order to achieve more reliable results and avoid animal experiments. In oneof the projects, a corneal model will be further developed to fulfil the high requirements of drug testing for eye diseases. The second project deals with the simulation of a human nasal mucous membrane on a chip system.

Using cell cultures a researcher team from the Heinrich Heine University in Düsseldorf has investigated, what effects carbon nanoparticles have on cells. The results were published in the journal Scientific Reports.

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