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This year's Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Award goes to organ-on-a-chip research team Featured

Professor Dr. Peter Loskill and Dr. Silke Riegger from the University of Tübingen have been awarded this year's Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize by the German Research Foundation (DFG). According to the jury, with their development, application and dissemination of organ-on-chip systems, they are contributing significantly to replacing animal models with suitable alternatives.

Prof. Loskill holds a chair for organ-on-chip research at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and at the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute (NMI) in Reutlingen. He is also Vice-Chairman of the European Organ-on-Chip Society (EUROoCS). A recent press of The German Research Foundation (DFG) emphasizes that the prizewinners are not only distinguished by the development of new models, but are also committed to promoting a broader acceptance of new animal-free methods.

Physicist Prof. Loskill and chemist Dr. Riegger, for example, recently published a survey, the results of which are suitable for use as a guide for training initiatives to prepare competent and transdisciplinary researchers. These should be able to ensure the successful development and application of Organ-on-Chip technologies in academic research, in the pharmaceutical/chemical/cosmetics industry, in personalized medicine as well as in clinical trials on the chip.

A. Moruzzi, T. Shroff, S. Keller, P. Loskill, M. Cipriano (2023). Training the Next Generation of Researchers in the Organ-on-Chip Field. Educ. Sci, 2023, 13, 144,

The Ursula M. Händel Animal Welfare Prize is based on the initiative of its founder Ursula M. Händel. The prize is awarded every two years by the German Research Foundation. At euros 80,000, it is the highest endowed research prize of its kind in Germany.

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