EUROoCS2024 Early bird registration deadline extended to May 1st!

The EUROoCS Annual Conference organizers have announced an extension of the Early Bird Registration deadline until May 1st. This provides prospective attendees with additional time to secure their participation in the prestigious event. Scheduled to take place in Milano, Italy, from July 3rd to July 5th, 2024, the conference offers a platform for industry leaders and peers to engage in critical discussions shaping the future of the industry.

For detailed information and registration, interested individuals are encouraged to visit the annual meeting website.

The conference promises a rich agenda featuring insightful presentations, networking opportunities, and discussions on cutting-edge developments. Prospective attendees are urged to act promptly and register before May 1st to take advantage of the extended early bird registration period.

EUROoCS Announces Upcoming Digital Lectures on Cutting-Edge Organ-on-Chip Research

The European Organ-on-Chip Society (EUROoCS) is set to host a series of digital lectures on April 23rd, from 17:00 to 18:00 CET, featuring prominent researchers in the field of organ-on-chip (OoC) technologies.

Cecilia Palma, from Politecnico di Milano, will lead a session titled “A Compartmentalized Joint-on-Chip Model to Unravel the Contribution of Cartilage and Synovium to Osteoarthritis Pathogenesis.” Palma is renowned for her work in developing OoC platforms to model articular joints. Her research focuses on joint-related pathologies, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, with the goal of uncovering unknown disease mechanisms.

Joining her is Dr. ir. José Manuel Rivera Arbelaéz, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Twente’s Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS). Dr. Rivera Arbelaéz is part of the BIOS Lab on a chip group and Applied Stem Cell Technologies (AST), contributing to the Netherlands Organ-on-Chip Initiative (NOCI). His lecture, “Versatile and Modular Approach for Engineering and Analyzing Three-Dimensional Cardiac Tissues Using Human Pluripotent Stem Cells (hPSC),” will delve into his research on developing Heart-on-Chip models for drug discovery and disease modeling.

Lastly, Alessandra Grillo, a recent PhD graduate from the Centre for 3D Models of Health and Disease at UCL, will present her work on “Modelling the Distal Nephron with Organ-on-Chip for the Study of Renal Electrolyte Disorders.” Alessandra’s research now focuses on the renal reabsorption of inorganic nitrate and its impact on blood pressure, as well as the development of an in vitro model of the collecting duct using OoC systems.

These lectures are part of EUROoCS’s commitment to advancing the field of OoC and fostering collaboration among researchers. The sessions promise to provide valuable insights into the latest developments and applications of OoC technologies in disease modeling and drug discovery.

Please sign up to attend the lecture here.

EUROoCS2024 Registration Now Open!

The EUROoCS2024 Conference is a scientific meeting fostering worldwide delegates active in the field of organs-on-chip and microphysiological systems. EUROoCS2024 will showcase the latest scientific advancements in the field and favour discussions on technological, industrial and regulatory challenges/opportunities. Topics such as (multi)-organ and disease models, organoids-on-chip, PK/PD modelling, technology platforms, read-out assays, standardization and qualification and toxicity among others, will be addressed.

Key Details:

  • Date: July 3-5, 2024
  • Location: Milan, Italy

 

What to Expect:

Scientific Excellence: EUROoCS2024 will showcase the latest scientific breakthroughs related to (multi)-organ and disease models, organoids-on-chip, PK/PD modeling, technology platforms, read-out assays, standardization, qualification, and toxicity assessment.
Interactive Sessions: Engage in parallel scientific sessions, interactive poster presentations, and thematic round tables.
Networking Opportunities: Connect with experts, collaborators, and fellow enthusiasts.
Keynote Speakers: We’re thrilled to have distinguished speakers, including:

    • Dr. Kimberly Homan (Genentech, Inc., USA)
    • Dr. Dan Huh (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
    • Dr. Sonja Beken (Belgian Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products)
    • Dr. Ivan Martin (University Hospital Basel, Switzerland)
    • Dr. Liesbet Geris (University of Liège and KU Leuven, Belgium)
    • Dr. Yaakov Nahmias (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)

 

For more information and registration go to website.

Digital lectures: Gianni Ciofani (28 March 2024)

Join us for the upcoming EUROoCS digital meeting on March 28th, where we will delve into the fascinating realm of biomimetic barriers-on-a-chip for modeling the brain cancer microenvironment. Our esteemed speaker, Dr. Gianni Ciofani, will guide us through this innovative approach, shedding light on its potential applications and implications.

Speaker: Gianni Ciofani, Ph.D.
Subject: Biomimetic barriers-on-a-chip for the modeling of the brain cancer microenvironment
Date: March 28th
Time: 17:00-18:00 CET

Bio:
Gianni Ciofani, Ph.D., is Research Director at the Italian Institute of Technology, where he is Principal Investigator of the Smart Bio-Interfaces Research Line and Coordinator of the Center for Materials Interfaces (Pontedera, Italy). His main research interests concern smart nanomaterials for nanomedicine, complex in vitro models, and nanomedicine in altered gravity conditions. He author of about 180 papers on international journals, and coordinator or unit leader of several projects: in particular, he was awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant and three ERC Proof-of-Concept Grant in 2016, 2018, 2022, and 2023, respectively. Thanks to grants from the Italian Space Agency and the European Space Agency, he had the opportunity to carry out experiments onboard the International Space Station in 2017, 2019, 2022, and 2024.

Registration: please register for the digital meeting using this link or use the QR code in the picture.

We look forward to your participation in the lecture series and the insightful discussions it promises to generate!

Digital lectures: EUROoCS young investigators

EUROoCS Digital Meeting: Insights from Young Investigators!

Mark your calendars! The second EUROoCS digital meeting is just around the corner, and it promises to be an enlightening experience. Join us on Tuesday, February 27th, from 17:00 to 18:00 CET for a captivating session featuring three inspiring talks from brilliant young investigators in the field of Organs-on-Chips.

Featured Speakers:

  1. Julia Alicia Boos (ETH Zürich, Basel)
    • TopicMicrofluidic Tools to Recapitulate the Maternal-Fetal Interface In Vitro
    • Julia Alicia Boos is a postdoctoral researcher at the Bioengineering laboratory at ETH Zürich in Basel. With a background in Biotechnology, she specialized in developing in-vitro barrier models and technology platforms. Her research focuses on establishing multi-tissue systems to assess embryotoxicity effects at the maternal-fetal interface. Working in multidisciplinary projects, she aims to bring human-based model systems closer to practical implementations.
  2. Joris Kaal (CEA Leti, Grenoble)
    • To finish a double degree in fluid mechanics and industrial design, Joris did his Master thesis as chip development engineer at TissUse GmbH. As Organs-on-Chip struck his interest he moved on to be Organ-on-Chip research engineer for the semi-conductor RTO called CEA Leti in France. This allowed him to participate in the development of chips for a wide range of different applications. He seeks to contribute to the advancement of OoCs with an interest in open-sourcing, platform products and collaboration.
  3. Merve Bulut (LUMC, Leiden)
    • Topic: 3D vessels-on-chip to model inflammatory responses using hiPSC-derived vascular cells and monocytes
    • Merve Bulut is a PhD candidate in the Orlova group at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands. She obtained her BSc. in Molecular biology (2016) in Ankara, Turkiye, and her MSc. in Regenerative Biology (2018) in Dresden, Germany. Her involvement in the MPS field began during her MSc. thesis work in Prof. Dr. Olivier T. Guenat’s group in Bern, Switzerland. There, she focused on developing a Vessel-on-a-Chip (VoC) platform to study the effect of respiratory cyclic stretch on in vitro pulmonary vascularization. In 2019, she joined Dr. Valeria Orlova’s group to pursue her PhD research as an early stage researcher in Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (MSCA-ITN) for advancing Organ-on-a-chip technology in Europe (EUROoC). She has been working on developing 3D in vitro models of human vasculature using human induced pluripotent stem cell (hiPSC)-derived vascular and immune cells, along with advanced microfluidic techniques. Her primary research focus is modelling human inflammatory responses and leukocyte interaction with vascular cells in healthy and diseased conditions.

Don’t miss this golden opportunity to gain insights from these remarkable researchers! Whether you’re a seasoned scientist or just starting your journey in the field, their expertise will leave you inspired and informed.

Please register for the meeting here.

Update: If the previous link is not working you can also register by going to the webex event. The address will lead you to the webinar, via which a registration option will be available.

Membership fee 2024 payment

All members of EUROoCS have received their membership invoice for 2024, on January 22nd.

Do you want to profit from the discount during the EUROoCS annual meeting registration, pay your membership fee in time.

When you have paid the invoice, the proof of payment can be found in your personal membership profile under the tab “invoices”.

EUROoCS2024 abstract submission deadline extended

Call for Abstracts: EUROoCS2024 Conference

We are excited to announce that the deadline for abstract submission for the EUROoCS2024 Conference has been extended to February 12th. This is a fantastic opportunity for researchers in the fields of Organs-on-Chip and Microphysiological Systems to contribute to a vibrant discussion around cutting-edge topics.

The EUROoCS2024 Scientific Program Committee is looking forward to receiving original abstracts. The topics to guide your abstract preparation can be found on our website.

The conference will cover a wide range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • (Multi)-organ and disease models
  • Organoids-on-chip
  • PK/PD modelling
  • Technology platforms
  • Read-out assays
  • Standardization and qualification
  • Toxicity

If you have any questions regarding your submission, please feel free to contact us at annualmeeting@euroocs.eu.

Don’t miss this opportunity to contribute your research to this important field. Submit your abstract via this link today!

For more information about the EUROoCS2024 annual meeting please check out our website.

Digital lectures: Alexander S. Mosig (25 January 2024)

On January 25th, the 2024 EUROoCS digital lecture series will kick off with a lecture by Dr. Alexander S. Mosig about ‘Organ-on-chip to dissect host-pathogen interaction’.
Dr. Mosig is affiliated with both the Institute of Biochemistry II, Center for Sepsis Control and Care, Jena University Hospital, Jena, Germany and the Cluster of Excellence Balance of the Microverse, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Jena, Germany.

Alexander Mosig studied Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and obtained his PhD in Cell Biology from the Friedrich Schiller University Jena. He is the independent research group leader of the INSPIRE lab at the Center for Sepsis Control and Care of the Jena University Hospital, focusing on studies on the orchestration of the human immune response by the microbiota in organ-specific environments. He is interested in mechanisms of host-pathogen interaction and its regulation by microbiota-associated metabolites in the context of dysbiosis and acute and chronic inflammatory diseases. An important topic of his work is developing and applying novel microphysiological systems to study these processes in vitro.

Dr. Mosig studies host-microbiota interactions and the human cellular immune response to infections and inflammations, utilizing innovative organ-on-chip systems. This work includes an exploration of the plasticity of myeloid cells and regulating tissue-specific immunological niches during disease progression. A significant aspect of his research involves developing microphysiological model systems for replicating specific human organ functions in vitro, focusing on immune responses to various pathologies, including viral and bacterial infections and inflammation-related disorders. The team led by Dr. Mosig employs a multidisciplinary approach, integrating cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, and bioengineering.

Please register for the digital meeting here