The model is a virtual three-dimensional brain based on information from more than 7400 tissue slices of 20 micrometers obtained from a human brain. It has been developed by JARA-BRAIN, a brain research alliance between the RWTH University Aachen and the Jülich Research Centre in collaboration with scientists from Montréal (Canada).

On the 9th August, the Berlin-Brandenburg animal welfare research prize of 15,000 euros will be awarded to Prof. Dr. Günter Weindl from the Institute of Pharmacology, Free University of Berlin. He will receive the award for his development of an immunocompetent skin model as a replacement and reduction method to animal experiments.

In vitro model let sprout new vessels

Saturday, 15 June 2013 18:17

Researchers from the Pennsilvania University in Philadelphia have succeeded in producing an in vitro model that can let sprout new blood vessels from previously artificially preformed blood vessels.

Alzheimer's research with 3D chip

Friday, 24 May 2013 18:18

Researchers from the Biomedical Center (BBZ) at the Leipzig University have developed a chip that allow them to investigate the Alzheimer's disease using specific human neuroblastoma cells.

At the International Medical University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, an International Conference on Alternatives to Animal Models will be held. Main topics are the current international progress in the field of alternatives to animal models and the implementation of alternatives in medical education and training.

Using cell cultures, scientists from the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) at the University of Luxembourg have found out that microglia, the immune cells of the brain, are able to produce itaconic acid, a substance that can inhibit bacterial growth.

The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has added the major project EU-Openscreen to its “Roadmap for Research Infrastructures”. Its task will be to provide researchers with biologically active substances from a repository of substances.

The European Coalition to End Animal Experiments (ECEAE) warmly welcomes the decision on 29 April 2013 of the Board of Appeal (BoA) of the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), allowing the appeal by chemicals giant Honeywell against ECHA’s decision that it should carry out a 90-day inhalation experiment on rabbits for a refrigerant for its car air conditioner system.

Tumor sections against brain tumor

Wednesday, 01 May 2013 18:25

To explore new agents against the particularly aggressive glioblastoma, so far researchers have carried out especially stressful animal experiments on mice. Now researchers at the Leipzig University, Institute of Anatomy, intend to do this research on original human-specific tumor slices.

Reutlingen: HepaChip on track for launch

Sunday, 28 April 2013 18:29

HepaChip, a miniaturised array consisting of different cell types with small channels developed by the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute (NMI) at the University of Tübingen in Reutlingen, is almost market-ready.  The new technology allows substances such as pharmaceutical drugs to be tested for liver toxicity. Pharmaceutical industry and research institutions are greatly interested.