The Swiss company Roche announced on May 4 the establishment of the Institute of Human Biology (IHB), which will focus on advancing research in human model systems such as organoids.

As part of the program "Top Research for Lower Saxony", the Volkswagen Foundation is funding a joint project between several institutes at the Technical University of Braunschweig, the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover (TiHo) as well as the Hannover Medical School (MHH). The team of scientists aims to develop functional units of tissues in a chip for basic research with the goal of replacing or at least reducing animal experiments for research into lung and intestinal diseases.

The German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) has announced the 42nd Animal Welfare Research Award. Applications are welcome for research that helps to replace animal experiments or reduce the number of animals used.

Carl Zeiss stock corporation is investing in the life science start-up InSphero, based in Schlieren, Switzerland, to further advance the use of 3D microtissues in research and drug development.

Berlin: Research funding for gender research

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A junior research group led by Dr. Claudia Crocini of the Max Rubner Center (MRC) for Cardiovascular-Metabolic-Renal Research at Charité Berlin will investigate gender-specific differences in human heart cells over the next six years.

Microbiologist Prof. Dr. Außerlechner from the Medical University of Innsbruck has received the State Prize for the Promotion of Alternative Methods to Animal Testing 2022 from the State of Austria. He receives the prize for his development of a 3D-printed brain tumor model as an alternative to animal testing.

If the mother suffers an infection during pregnancy, this could possibly promote autism in the child.

The European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) is offering support for students and young scientists with outstanding work in alternative approaches to attend one of two conferences.

The 24th Congress of the International Society for Aerosols in Medicine (ISAM) will be held Aug. 26-30, 2023, in Saarbrücken, Germany. The conference will focus on drug delivery in pulmonary medicine. It will bring together leading scientists in aerosol and drug therapy from academia, industry, hospitals, regulatory agencies, and other healthcare professionals.

Animal-free methods can measure whether a chemical irreversibly damages the eye or does not damage it. However, until now it was not possible to reliably distinguish between irreversible and reversible damage to the eye. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute ISC are taking steps to remedy this situation.