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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