News

Fri, 15 October
The 'Groeifonds' proposal NXTGEN HIGHTECH will be submitted this month. One of the six domains of NXTGEN HIGHTECH is 'Biomedical Production Technologies' and is being coordinated by Berend van Meer on behalf of hDMT. This domain aims at large scale production of Labs-on-Chips, Organs-on-Chips, Artificial Organs and Cell... Read more
Fri, 1 October
EMA is putting in place special support to developers to replace, reduce and refine animal use for the development, manufacturing and testing of human and veterinary medicines. The Agency is promoting these three principles - replace, reduce and refine; commonly referred to as 3Rs - through EMA's Innovation Task Force (ITF).... Read more
Thu, 30 September
Ever-growing interest. The 3rd edition of the Annual EUROoCS (European Organ-on-Chip Society) Conference was again an online experience because of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. This time the organizing committee could select a different platform for the conference with many more options for interaction. There were even more... Read more
Thu, 30 September
Podcast with Berend van Meer (in Dutch) Almost everyone would like to ban animal testing. But in practice, animal experiments are still needed, for example to investigate new drugs for side effects. In this episode of Enkeltje Wetenschap Berend van Meer (LUMC/UTwente) explains that Organs-on-Chips might offer a solution to reduce animal... Read more
Thu, 30 September
In the context of the hDMT lustrum a corporate video has been made, giving insight in the start and development of the hDMT consortium during the past five years. Christine Mummery (chair hDMT Executive board), Janny van den Eijnden-van Raaij (Secretary/ treasurer hDMT Executive board, and managing director) and Berend van Meer (member hDMT... Read more
Thu, 30 September
Podcast with Christine Mummery and Peter Loskill Following the publication of the Special issue on Organs-on-Chip in Stem Cell Reports, the guest editors Christine Mummery and Peter Loskill were invited by Martin Pera (Editor-in-Chief of Stem Cell Reports) to join the podcast to talk about the intersection of stem cells, microphysiological... Read more
Thu, 30 September
The trajectory to a safe and effective new medicine is long, expensive and full of obstacles. It takes many steps to determine the quality, efficacy and safety of a medicine, understand its pharmacology and bring it from bench to bedside. Traditionally, the process starts with target identification, followed by screening and... Read more
Thu, 30 September
Jolanda van der Velden (Amsterdam UMC) and colleagues have received a €859.014 grant from NWO Human Measurement Models 2.0 to perform disease modelling and treatment testing on 2D/3D models of iPSC-cardiomyocytes for carriers of MYBPC3 and VLCAD mutations causing cardiomyopathies. The PROPER-THERAPY team involves a collaboration between 4... Read more
Thu, 30 September
In February this year the Double Dose research program on cardiomyopathy kicked off. The program is financed by the Netherlands Heart Foundation and Stichting Hartedroom (€3.250.000 in total). The consortium is led by Jolanda van der Velden (Amsterdam UMC) and Rudolf de Boer (UMCG) and combines experts in preclinical research, clinical... Read more
Thu, 16 September
During the 3rd edition of the Annual EUROoCS (European Organ-on-Chip Society) Conference on 1st and 2nd of July (due to COVID-19 held online) prizes were awarded for the Best Presentation Award, Best Junior Presentation Award, Best Poster Award, Travel Award and Exhibition Quiz Award. Dutch hDMT researcher Ulgu Arslan from the Leiden University... Read more
Thu, 16 September
On May 7th, 2021 the Tumor-LN-oC project (Tumor and Lymph Node on Chip for cancer studies) was officially kicked off. The project is coordinated by the Institute of Communication and Computer Systems from Greece. TU Eindhoven with the Microsystems group Jaap den Toonder is one of the 11 partners in the project. hDMT Managing Director Janny van... Read more
Thu, 16 September
The special issue of Stem Cell Reports on Organs-on-Chip is the first result of the collaboration between the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) and the European Organ-on-Chip Society (EUROoCS). In the editorial the guest editors Christine Mummery and Peter Loskill, past chair and current chair of EUROoCS, welcome the readers... Read more
Thu, 16 September
On 8 September 2021 Minister van Engelshoven has received the new National Roadmap for Large-Scale Research Infrastructures 2021. This Roadmap is intended as a guide for making strategic choices for investments in an innovative research infrastructure. In the new Roadmap, nine Groups (with substantive, thematic or technical... Read more
Mon, 13 September
Christine Mummery (hDMT partner LUMC and hDMT Executive Board Member) has contributed to the year book of Diligentia, De Koninklijke Maatschappij voor Natuurkunde. Some of the misunderstandings about what stem cells can and cannot do, and how they are generated in the lab are discussed. The article is in Dutch and can be downloaded via the... Read more
Tue, 17 August
Cancelled The MinacNed board has unfortunately had to decide to cancel the iMNC21 conference this year. More information here. --------- MinacNed organizes the 17th edition of the international MicroNanoConference. After a year and a half of mostly online webinars and meetings, we look forward to a live conference with you as... Read more
Thu, 15 July
The 'Groeifonds' proposal NXTGEN HIGHTECH is selected to be worked out in detail to be submitted in October 2021. The Netherlands is an international leader when it comes to ultra-precision high-tech equipment and aims to exploit this expertise in NXTGEN HIGHTECH for production of Organs-on-Chips, among others. In total, 28 projects... Read more
Thu, 15 July
The 3rd edition of the Annual EUROoCS (European Organ-on-Chip Society) Conference was again a virtual event, hosted by the University of Uppsala in Sweden. With more than 430 participants from 26 different countries, 6 keynote lectures, 40 abstract selected talks and 170 posters the conference again showed an increase in attendance compared to... Read more
Mon, 12 July
Tyler Kirby recently started his independent group in the Department of Physiology at Amsterdam UMC. He received his PhD in Physiology from the University of Kentucky in fall 2015 under the guidance of Drs. John McCarthy and Charlotte Peterson. During his PhD, he studied how muscle stem cells regulate both muscle fiber and extracellular matrix... Read more
Mon, 12 July
A team of three researchers from LUMC has been awarded the €100k LUMC PhD fellowship to fund the first two years of a PhD student working on an innovative project called UNIONS (Unified organoid system for modelling kidney and heart interaction in chronic disease and its treatment). The team consists of Milena Bellin and Berend van Meer... Read more
Mon, 12 July
Femke de Vrij (Erasmus MC), in collaboration with the private partner Core Life Analytics, has received funding from ZonMw for the development of an animal-free human 3D cortical network platform for screening myelination and inflammation phenotypes (3D Myelination & Inflammation Cortical network platform (3D MICro-brains). The project... Read more
Mon, 12 July
Within the research programme Human Measurement Models 2.0 a grant has been awarded to the PROPER-THERAPY team, led by Jolanda van der Velden (Amsterdam UMC). The PROPER-THERAPY team involves a collaboration between 4 academic (Amsterdam UMC, Erasmus MC, UMC Maastricht, UMC Utrecht) and 3 industrial (CytoCypher, Ionoptix, InVitroSys GmbH)... Read more
Mon, 12 July
Testing chemical substances without using animals. It seems a utopia, but a European team is going to develop a way to make this a reality. The RISK-HUNT3R project, led by Leiden professor Bob van de Water, received 23 million euros from the European Commission for this purpose. The project was launched on 1 June 2021. By 2030, people and the... Read more
Mon, 12 July
The Dutch Cancer Foundation KWF granted a research project to Dik van Gent, Agnes Jager and Adriaan Houtsmuller (Erasmus MC) for further development of Cancer-on-Chip technologies, entitled: 'Prediction of Breast Cancer chemotherapy response by direct determination of chemosensitivity in breast tumor tissue'. Pieces of tumors... Read more
Mon, 12 July
The National Final of the FameLab 2021, the international science communication competition, was hosted by TU/e, on Tuesday June 1st 2021. The FameLab competition offers an international and unique platform to young researchers (between 21 and 40) to inspire and stimulate a large audience on a scientific topic of their choice. Contestants... Read more
Mon, 12 July
Alex Garanto (Radboudumc) together with Anneke den Hollander (Radboudumc) and Andries van der Meer (UTwente) have received 1,17M€ grant to develop a retina-on-chip model that allows the identification of molecular, biochemical and functional measurements to characterize disease pathophysiology and assess treatments for Inherited Retinal... Read more
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