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

New publication on designing microphysiological systems for cardiac modelling

Researchers from the Centre of Excellence in Body-on Chip Research at Tampere University (Finland) have published a review regarding designing  microphysiological systems for cardiac modelling. The review is titled ‘Building blocks of microphysiological system to model physiology and pathophysiology of human heart’.

The centre focuses on modelling of hypoxia in cardiac ischemia, brain stroke and obesity related conditions. Developing chip platforms and monitoring technologies for controlling and monitoring oxygen as well as hydrogel development are also the core actions of the centre.

Link to centre’s website.

Report of the European Medicines Agency 3Rs Working Party (3RsWP) public stakeholder session on the 2023 work plan

On 28 February 2023, the newly established EMA Joint CHMP/CVMP 3Rs Working Party (3RsWP) hosted a virtual public session that was broadcast and open to all stakeholders. The aim of this public session was to present the 3RsWP work plan and priorities for 2023. In addition, an opportunity was provided to stakeholders to comment and provide their views on the working party’s activities. This report provides a summary of the topics discussed during the public session, including the input received from the stakeholders during the interactive SLIDO session.

Download the report here.

First Italian OoC National Congress

On May 4th and 5th, 2023, the Italian Organ-on-Chip Society (SIOoC) will organize its first National Congress. The event will be held at the National Research Council premises in Rome, with an expected participation of more than 110 delegates from across the Country.

The 2-day event will offer 7 scientific thematic sessions, each with an invited keynote speaker, as well as rapid-fire presentations dedicated to poster presentations from young researchers.

Italian researchers, pharmaceutical, biotech and technological companies, as well as representatives of the regulatory agencies, will discuss in a dedicated round table the opportunities and perspective of the OoC field in Italy, and its positioning in the value chain from research to clinics.

Membership fee 2023 payment last chance

All members of EUROoCS have received their membership invoice for 2023, on February 1st and reminders on Feb 27th and March 28th.

If you have not paid your membership fee 2023 – now is the last chance to pay! On May 15th 2023, the memberships for which no payment is received will be removed. These memberships will be terminated.

When you have paid the invoice, the proof of payment can be found in your personal membership profile under the tab “invoices”. In case you paid by the provided link this proof of payment will soon be visible, if you have done a bank transfer it will take more time to be visible.