News

Thu, 6 February
The year 2020 is a special year for hDMT since we celebrate our 5 year anniversary. After the start on 6 February 2015, hDMT has developed into a thriving and growing Organ-on-Chip Consortium. With the support of the hDMT board and the small hDMT team, consisting of the chair, the managing directors, the coordinator and communication... Read more
Tue, 4 February
The European Research Council has awarded hDMT chair Christine Mummery of the Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), an ERC Proof of Concept grant to further develop research funded from her ERC Advanced Grant. Proof of Concept grants, worth €150,000 each, help ERC grantees to explore the innovation potential of their scientific... Read more
Thu, 30 January
On Monday 25 November 2019, a panel of eight speakers plus an audience of 275 students, researchers, clinicians and other industry professionals came together at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU). The goal of this inspiring afternoon was to examine the alternatives to animal experiments in the medical field. Rector Magnificus of the VU,... Read more
Thu, 30 January
Abstract submission and registration is open now. Deadline for abstract submission is 15 March 2020. Innovative technologies, including Organ-on-Chip technology, is one of the central themes of WC11 in Maastricht. Among the 7 interesting keynote speakers are Don Ingber (Wyss; Organ-on-Chip), Joseph Wu (Stanford; stem cells for precision... Read more
Thu, 30 January
"Where industry meets science, where problems can find solutions and where trends, challenges and new technologies are highlighted" This year, the iMNC conference was held on 10 and 11 December 2019 in the impressive Supernova complex in Utrecht, providing a futuristic location for discussing the latest trends in Micro and... Read more
Thu, 30 January
The ORCHID (Organ-on-Chip In Development) project has been finalized. During the final ORCHID meeting in Leiden on 23 September 2019, the European Organ-on-Chip roadmap and other deliverables and milestones of ORCHID were presented to a broad audience of end-users, regulators, clinicians, developers, policymakers and patient representatives. ... Read more
Tue, 14 January
December 10th 2019 there was an episode of Klokhuis on Dutch children's television about Organs-on-Chips featuring hDMT chair Christine Mummery and Berend van Meer. NPO Het Klokhuis Mini-organen (Dutch, 15 min) Presentor Pascal is visiting the hospital, where they make miniature organs from your own real organs. This way doctors... Read more
Tue, 14 January
The Microsystems/Neuro-Nanoscale Engineering group of hDMT PI Regina Luttge at the Eindhoven University of Technology welcomes PhD student Gülden Akçay. Gülden's PhD project encompasses the work on microphysiological human brain and nervous systems on chip in order to advance our fundamental understanding of higher order... Read more
Tue, 14 January
The Netherlands Organ-on-Chip Initiative (NOCI) funded by the NWO/OCW Gravity programme is now 2 years underway, almost halfway towards its midterm evaluation. More than 21 PhD students and 5 postdocs have been recruited over the 6 participating universities and institutes and the first joint publications are beginning to appear. ... Read more
Tue, 14 January
Abstract submission for EUROoCS 2020 is now open via http://www.euroocs2020.angstrom.uu.se. Submitted abstracts will be selected either for an oral presentation or for the interactive poster session. Deadline for abstract submission: 1 March 2020 Deadline for abstract... Read more
Sun, 12 January
Assistant Professor Ye Wang will be working on Organ-on-Chip technology in the Microsystems group of hDMT PI Jaap den Toonder at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He will be doing research on fabrication and control of microscopic functional devices/features by tuning intrinsic physical properties of materials, with applications... Read more
Sun, 12 January
hDMT contributed to a booklet of the Dutch Transition Programme for animal-free Innovations (TPI) entitled '26x better and faster without the use of animals' on Dutch start-ups and scale-ups involved in the transition in the Netherlands. The booklet contains 26 positive stories and examples of producers of animal-free testing... Read more
Sun, 12 January
From the 27th till the 29th of November, the Dutch Transition Programme for animal-free Innovations (TPI) organised the international Pioneer-2-Policymaker conference in Utrecht. The goal was to present the Dutch way of accelerating this transition and to instigate a true dialogue between researchers, regulators and developers. The Dutch... Read more
Fri, 10 January
The European Research Council has awarded hDMT PI Albert van den Berg of the University of Twente, an ERC Proof of Concept grant for furthering standardisation in organ-on-chip infrastructure. Proof of Concept grants, worth €150,000 each, aim to help ERC grantees to explore the innovation potential of their scientific discoveries and bring... Read more
Fri, 10 January
Verena Schwach, researcher at the group of hDMT PI Robert Passier (University of Twente), can start with her research to improved treatment of cardiac arrhythmia. In collaboration with the Dutch Heart Foundation, Verena started a crowdfunding campaign in October to raise enough money to start the research. On 8th December 2019 it was announced... Read more
Fri, 10 January
MinacNed and NanoNextNL have developed a vision for the contribution of nanotechnology, a key technology for the Netherlands in which science and industry work together. The manifesto makes clear which solutions within current domains, such as health, safety, sustainable energy, agriculture and food, require a contribution from nanotechnology. ... Read more
Wed, 8 January
Animal-free innovation becomes easier when you do it together with patients, doctors, researchers, financiers, health professionals and policy makers. That is what happens during a helpathon. A helpathon is an innovation protocol: during two days an interdisciplinary team looks for animal-free ways to answer a research question. 'Within... Read more
Tue, 7 January
Paul Krijnen (project leader) and hDMT PI Sue Gibbs (foto) of the Amsterdam UMC and Magda Ulrich (Association of Dutch Burn Centres) received a four-year grant from TKI-LSH Health Holland for their project NETosis in burn-induced microvascular thrombosis in the skin and wound deepening: a causative factor, biomarker and therapeutic target. In... Read more
Tue, 7 January
The recently granted Moore4Medical project intends to accelerate innovation in electronic and microfabricated devices for a number of emerging medical domains. In Moore4Medical 68 partners from 13 countries participate. This three-year project has a budget of €68M and will start in June 2020. Too often promising medical device... Read more
Mon, 6 January
New laboratory techniques can help solve the shortage of donor liver, argues hDMT PI professor Luc van der Laan in the Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad, on the occasion of his oration 'Heal the liver'. Mini livers He also tells about building liver tissue in a petri dish. In this way, scientists can mimic the complete liver... Read more
Mon, 6 January
The initiative of the University of Twente, a partner of hDMT, for an open standard 'Translational Organ-on-Chip Platform (TOP)' won the Philips Innovation Services 'Start-up of the Year Award' at the International MicroNano Conference 2019 in Utrecht (NL) Berend van Meer (UTwente, LUMC) pitched the platform technology that... Read more
Thu, 19 December
Brain cells of people with intellectual disabilities or certain developmental disorders communicate differently than brain cells of people without those disorders. Researchers at the Radboudumc have discovered this by comparing the electrical brain waves of both groups. Their findings were recently published in Nature Communications and... Read more
Thu, 19 December
The TURBO programme of the Radboudumc and the University of Twente has awarded Michel van Putten (UTwente) and Nael Nadif Kasri (Radboudumc) for their technical-medical research proposal 'EEG in-a-dish: towards PRecisIoN mediCine for EpilepSy (PRINCES).' Epilepsy or epileptic seizures give an abnormal electrophysiological picture,... Read more
Thu, 19 December
The TURBO programme of the Radboudumc and the University of Twente has awarded Andries van der Meer (UT) and Frans Russel (Radboudumc) for their technical-medical research proposal 'Modulation of endothelial urate toxicity by urate transporters as a new personalized prevention strategy for atherosclerosis.' Foto credits: Blood... Read more
Wed, 18 December
PhD candidate Milica Dostanic of the Electronic Components, Technology and Materials group (ECTM) of Delft University of Technology, partner of hDMT, won the Best Poster Award at this year's International MicroNano Conference in Utrecht (NL) with her poster titled "A miniaturized EHT platform for contractile tissue... Read more
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