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DFG supports 3D tissue construct research

Monday, 12 November 2018 13:55

Starting in April 2019, the German Research Foundation will fund a new Research Training Group at RWTH Aachen University. It is going to investigate mechanisms of the formation of border or cover tissues. The basic research results will contribute to the development of complex tissue models that can be used for drug development and the replacement of animal experiments.

An interesting interview with one of the two this year' winners of the Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Research Prize, private lecturer Dr. Dr. Hamid Noori, can be read on the platform Laborpraxis.de.

Ispra: JCR Summer School 2019

Thursday, 25 October 2018 10:12

Under the title "Non-Animal Approaches in Science: Challenges & Future Directions", the Joint Research Center (JRC) is organizing a Summer School in Ispra (Italy) from May 21 to 24, 2019. Applications are accepted until 15 January 2019.

Bonn: Blood cells become nerve cells

Tuesday, 23 October 2018 11:09

Researchers from the Institute for Reconstructive Neurobiology at the University of Bonn, the German Centre for Neurodegenerative Neuroscience (Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE) Bonn, together with other colleagues from the Universities of Bonn, Aachen and Munich, has succeeded in converting white blood cells directly into neuronal stem cells without the time-consuming process of inducing pluripotent cells (iPSC).

Organs on demand for medical training

Monday, 22 October 2018 11:33

The Karl Landsteiner Private University for Health Sciences in Krems/Danube has started a research project. With a 3D printer the researchers want to print realistic organ models for research and medical training.

Scientists headed by Dr Udo Klotzbach, Business Unit Manager Microtechnology at Fraunhofer IWS in Dresden have received the Innovation Award of the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations (EARTO). The organisation honoured the scientists for their development of a multi-organ chip system, on which tiny organs connected by a blood circulation system can be reproduced.

Prof. Thomas Hartung, director of the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) at Johns Hopkings University in Baltimore, and his team have developed a computer program that enables them to predict the toxicity of chemicals better than with animal experiments.

The this year's Animal Welfare Research Prize of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture (BMEL) is awarded to Professor Dirk Görlich and Dr Tino Pleiner from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen. The scientists have developed a method that can replace the production of secondary antibodies in animals. The two scientists have succeeded in developing a new type of antibody, so-called secondary nanobodies, which can be multiplied without the use of animals.

The JRC's EU Reference Laboratory for alternatives to animal testing (EURL ECVAM) has launched a second call for tender to review alternative methods and models being used for research in the areas of Cardiovascular diseases, Breast Cancer, Immunogenicity testing for advanced therapy medicinal products, Autoimmune diseases and Immune Oncology Models.

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

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