Call for proposals for WC11 sessions deadline extended

The International Scientific Committee for WC11 has been formed and had its first brainstorm meeting just before Christmas last year. The four themes Safety, Disease, Innovative technologies and Ethics, welfare and regulatory affairs were discussed, resulting in an extensive list of topics per theme. Among the many topics are (multi-)organ-on-chip, the virtual human, stem cell technology and tissue engineering, responsible research, medical devices, vaccine testing, new generation disease models, computational toxicology as well as training and community building, regulatory issues, ethics and animal welfare and many more.

Call for sessions

For the scientific program your input is still very much appreciated. We cordially invite you to send your specific suggestions for symposia, workshops, round tables or other sessions through the application form that is now available until July 9, 2019.

A session might be a symposium, workshop, roundtable or otherwise.

Deadline for submission is 9 July 2019.

Read it all in the latest newsletter of the 11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences (WC11) in Maastricht, the Netherlands, on 23-27 August 2020.

www.wc11maastricht.org.

An active Israelian Organ-on-Chip community during one day symposium

On Tuesday 19 March 2019 a one-day Organ-on-Chip symposium was organized by dr. Ben Maoz and dr. Gad Vatine at the Tel Aviv University (TAU) in Israel. It was a lively meeting divided in four parts: Cancer/Metabolism, Vasculature, Technologies and Lab on Chip.

Some 150 attendants watched new work presented in oral presentations and posters, illustrating a very active Israelian Organ on Chip community, with strong presence from a.o. Technion and Tau. External speakers were Joshua Owen (Leeds) and Albert van den Berg (UTwente), while also some startup companies participated (Tissue Dynamics).
Worth mentioning are dr. Maria Khoury (Technion) working on Pulmonary Capillary Networks, dr. Ben Maoz (Tau) with BBB-chip work, dr. Ariel Sklanny (Technion) with advanced vessel sprouting and dr. Gilad Yossifon (Technion) with original sperm sorting work as well as advanced Janus particle research. All in all it demonstrated high-level research being performed in the Israelian Organ-on-Chip network.

Source: hDMT

Flemish first Life-on-Chip Conference great succes

The first edition of the two-day conference ‘Life-on-Chip – The Road from Idea to Reality’ in the Provincial House in Leuven was attended by more than 140 international participants, speakers and exhibitors. The participants were all players from the Health/Life Sciences and micro- and nanotechnology sectors.
During the conference Janny van den Eijnden – van Raaij, managing director of hDMT, was invited to present the Dutch hDMT approach to unite the Organ-on-Chip research & development and collaborate to bring this field forward.

Smart Hub
Pioneers work on our health of tomorrow: new and better medicines, prostheses, techniques, treatments tailored to the individual patient. To achieve breakthroughs, there must be more cross-fertilization. Not only between the various disciplines within the major field of Health/Life Sciences, but also between Health/Life Sciences and micro- and nanotechnology.
With the ‘Life-on-Chip’ conference, Smart Hub Vlaams-Brabant encouraged these pioneers to cooperate more via networking, a symposium with more than twenty speakers and matchmaking (E.E.N./B2Match).
Because of the great success of this first edition and in order to continue to stimulate cross-fertilization, Smart Hub Flemish Brabant will organize (in collaboration with its partners) more of these conferences in the coming years.

News on Smart Hub Vlaams-Brabant (in Dutch)
The photos of the conference can be found through this link.
You can watch the Life-on-Chip report on Kanaal Z here.

The Life-on-Chip conference is part of a Flemish-wide ERDF project of which the province is the driving force. Partners are flanders.bio, DSP Valley and Leuven MindGate and it is supported by the RegMed community and Flanders Investment & Trade.

Source: hDMT

Call for proposals for WC11 sessions

The International Scientific Committee for WC11 has been formed and had its first brainstorm meeting just before Christmas last year. The four themes Safety, Disease, Innovative technologies and Ethics, welfare and regulatory affairs were discussed, resulting in an extensive list of topics per theme. Among the many topics are (multi-)organ-on-chip, the virtual human, stem cell technology and tissue engineering, responsible research, medical devices, vaccine testing, new generation disease models, computational toxicology as well as training and community building, regulatory issues, ethics and animal welfare and many more.

Call for sessions

For the scientific program your input is still very much appreciated. We cordially invite you to send your specific suggestions for symposia, workshops, round tables or other sessions through the application form that is now available until June 30, 2019.

A session might be a symposium, workshop, roundtable or otherwise.

Deadline for submission is 30 June 2019.

Read it all in the latest newsletter of the 11th World Congress on Alternatives and Animal Use in the Life Sciences (WC11) in Maastricht, the Netherlands, on 23-27 August 2020.

www.wc11maastricht.org.

Integration of Emerging Technologies in Mechanistic and Translational Toxicology

Application information

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 14, 2019. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the conference chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Conference description

The Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity GRC is a forum for showcasing the latest unpublished and innovative advances in mechanistic toxicological research and its translational application to safety assessment, risk management and public health policy. The program highlights innovations and challenges in mechanistic toxicology including the human exposome, big data and quantitative systems modeling, translational medicine and target organ toxicity, microphysiological systems, nuclear receptor targeting, and emerging technologies and alternative methods in risk assessment. Highlighted speakers have been selected to represent diverse perspectives on environmental, industrial, and pharmaceutical toxicology with a special session spotlighting rising young investigators. A distinctive “Power Hour” event will discuss the challenges women face in sciences, mechanisms to support their professional growth and offer an opportunity for feedback and professional advice from peers and leading mentors in an informal atmosphere.

Daily poster sessions will provide participants the opportunity to present their latest, unpublished work in an atmosphere that fosters a relaxed dialog and idea sharing. A select number of abstract submissions will also be chosen for “late-breaking” short oral presentations. A key to the success of the GRC format is the networking opportunities that occur at meal times and during daily social/recreational activities. These exchanges have often led to long-lasting scientific collaborations, connections and career opportunities.

A Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) will precede this GRC conference. The GRS is organized and run by graduate students and fellows. It provides an expanded opportunity for trainees and young scientists to be exposed to cutting-edge science and to network with their future colleagues. All GRS attendees are also encouraged to apply to this GRC conference.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the “Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Toxicity (GRS)” Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.

Conference program

High level attention for InForMed project in Brussel

On November 27th 2018 the ECSEL Joint Undertaking presented the results of the InForMed project and the Health.E Lighthouse Initiative at the high-level conference “The impact of EU research and innovation in our daily life” in the European Parliament building in Brussels.

One of the SME partners in InForMed, the Organ-on-Chip startup BI/OND, was invited to present their products. The ORCHID project, which participates in the Health.E Lighthouse Initiative, presented its first roadmap report.

 

Soheila Zeinali wins Best Poster Award IOOCS18

Soheila Zeinali from the Organs-on-Chip technologies group of the University of Bern (Switzerland) received the Best Poster Award at the International Organ-on-Chip Symposium 2018 (IOOCS 2018) in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. This year there were no less than 55 poster presentations which were all of high quality according to the scientific jury.

The poster jury, consisting of professors Ronald Dekker (chair; TUDelft, Netherlands), Cecilia Sahlgren (Åbo Akademi University, Finland), Shuichi Takayama (Georgia Tech, USA), and Jaap den Toonder(TU/e, Netherlands), had a hard time selecting the poster award winner from the high-quality poster contributions. First, 20 candidates were selected based on the submitted abstract, according to the rating by the scientific program committee. These posters were visited by the poster jury, and evaluated on the basis of four criteria: poster layout, presentation, scientific quality and innovation.

The winner was Soheila Zeinali, with her poster “Role of Rhythmic Breathing Motions on In Vitro Pulmonary Vascular Remodeling”. Her poster had a clear and attractive layout, and she presented the poster clearly and with enthusiasm. The topic of the poster is a nice example of a novel technological development applied to a biologically relevant question, and shows the great advantage of organ-on-chip technology, since the results could not have been obtained with conventional approaches. A deserved winner!

Poster title: Role of Rhythmic Breathing Motions on In Vitro Pulmonary Vascular Remodeling
Soheila Zeinali1, Emily K. Thompson1, Thomas Geiser1, 2, 3 and Olivier T. Guenat1, 2, 4
1 Organs-on-Chip Technologies Laboratory, ARTORG Center, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
2 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Inselspital, University Hospital of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
3 Department of Biomedical Research, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
4 Division of General Thoracic Surgery, Inselspital, University Hospital of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

You can download her poster abstract here.

An Inserm Workshop on OoC gathered 70 people from Europe, in Bordeaux

An Inserm workshop dedicated to Organ-on-Chip (OoC) and entitled “OoC : understanding and mimicking living organisms for better treatment”, was organized in October 2018, in France.

This high-level training session, consisting of both theoretical and practical phases, aimed to educate, transfer knowledge and experiences to a public having a direct interest in OoC.

Around 70 people from Europe and the USA were present, including scientists, researchers, technicians and medical doctors working in academic government-funded bodies, teaching hospitals and companies in health-related industries.

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