In a press release published today, Professor Ulrich Dirnagl and Professor Daniel Strech from the Berlin Institute for Health Research (BIH) and from the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, together with their team of authors, appealed to scientists to accept a greater degree of responsibility and engage for an improved quality in preclinical research.

Applicants can only be nominated for the LUSH Award 2018 until July 4. The prize of 350,000 British Pound honours researchers and committed individuals in the five categories Science, Young Scientists and Training, Public relations and lobbying.  

The deadline for oral and poster presentations has been postponed.

The "IRhythmics" research association, consisting of five working groups based in Rostock, Greifswald, Karlsburg and Dummerstorf, receives two million euros for the project "programmed pacemaker cells for in vitro drug testing".

Research groups can apply for the animal welfare research award again until 30 September. The prize is endowed with 20,000 euros.

The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) supports students with outstanding work in alternative approaches by funding their attendance at a high-profile scientific event.

The Charité - University Medicine Berlin and the Technical University Berlin will do research together on human model systems in the future. The start is in 2023. The general public was informed about their plans on 24 May at Rotes Rathaus in Berlin.

In the USA, the number of animals consumed in chemical testing has risen sharply, although, following a revision of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) two years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should develop a plan to "reduce, refine or replace" vertebrates in toxicity tests.

Researchers led by Dr. Alessandro Ori from the Leibniz Institute for Ageing Research - Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI) in Jena and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under the leadership of Dr. David M. Sabatini in Cambridge have observed a cell nuclear protein migrating into the cytoplasm when nutrient deficiency occurs, where it degrades ribosomes. This makes a survival of the cell possible.

The Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Technical University of Berlin are planning to establish a strategic partnership to develop a new joint research campus in Berlin-Wedding.