Tuesday, 23 August 2022 14:17

Baden-Württemberg supports two projects to reduce animal experiments in cardiac research Featured

Two research teams from Freiburg will receive funding of a total of 200,000 euros this year for their research into methods that do not involve animal experiments. Their planned models are suitable for at least reducing animal experiments in certain areas.

Prof. Dr. med. Sebastian Arnold and his team from the Department of Regenerative Pharmacology at the Medical Faculty of the University of Freiburg initially want to establish a method of maturing cardiac organoids from mouse embryonic stem cells. Once this has been achieved, the development method will be transferred to human induced pluripotent stem cells.

Dr. Eva Rog-Zielinska and Dr. Rémi Peyronnet from the Institute of Experimental Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Freiburg are developing a method to cultivate heart tissue after it has been removed from the body. The idea is to continuously stimulate the heart tissue sections electromechanically in order to maintain their physiological function. This would allow using the tissue for several days, which is currently not the case.