News

Thu, 24 October
Just before the severe typhoon Hagibis hit Tokyo, over 1200 companies and research organizations from 34 countries gathered at Pacifico Yokohama in Japan from 9-11 October 2019. Among the participants were hDMT, Leiden University Medical Center, TNO, Mimetas and several other companies from the Netherlands. In addition to exhibitions and... Read more
Thu, 24 October
Health.E aims to accelerate innovation in medical devices and systems by stimulating the development of open technology platforms and standards, thereby moving away from the inflexible and costly point solutions that presently dominate electronic medical device manufacturing. Open technology platforms, supported by roadmaps, will generate the... Read more
Thu, 24 October
One of the building blocks of the Organ-on-Chip roadmap is 'Standardization'. Lack of standardization, automation and inter-chip incompatibility is limiting End Users in adopting Organ-on-Chip (OoC) solutions. Much like all computer equipment interfaces through a Universal Serial Bus (USB), biologist should be able to use chips from... Read more
Tue, 22 October
Parkinson's disease causes brain cells that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine to die. But where does the disease start? Evidence suggests that a failure of the brain's immune system may be the root cause of the disease. hDMT researcher Amalia Dolga, Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen's Department of... Read more
Fri, 18 October
On Monday 14 October 2019, Professor Christine Mummery gave the annual John Burdon Sanderson Lecture, this year entitled 'Cardiovascular diseases and drugs: hiPSC models moving forward'. The annual lecture is held in honour of John Burdon Sanderson, the University of Oxford's first Waynflete Professor of Physiology, after whom... Read more
Fri, 18 October
During the 46th Annual ESAO (European Society for Artificial Organs) Congress on 'Smartificial Devices for our Future' in Hannover from 3-7 September 2019 Organ-on-Chip was introduced as a new topic in the field of the European Society for Artificial Organs. The symposium EUROoCS@ESAO was a joint effort of EUROoCS and ESAO to... Read more
Mon, 14 October
Giulia Campostrini from the Department of Anatomy and Embryology has been awarded an Individual Fellowship from the Horizon2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions programme. Cardiomyocytes Campostrini works in the group of Prof. Christine Mummery on cardiomyocytes from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs). "These cells are a... Read more
Fri, 11 October
Prof. dr. Hans Clevers wins the Keio Medical Science Prize 2019 for his groundbreaking work on stem cells and organoids. The Keio University in Japan annually awards this prize. Clevers receives the award for his research into a molecular process named the Wnt pathway. The process plays a crucial role in the development of stem cells and... Read more
Fri, 11 October
At the annual Science Open Day, Sunday October 6th at Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), Laura Windt - PhD student in Prof. Dr. Christine Mummery's lab - held a talk on a potential solution to that question: Organ-on-Chip containing personalized stem cells. Windt explained how Organ-on-Chip research is step-by-step beginning... Read more
Wed, 9 October
Prof. Christine Mummery, Dr. Franck Lebrin and Dr. Valeria Orlova, members of the hDMT Vessel-on-Chip Theme Group, together with doctors at St Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein, receive a grant for research into Rendu Osler Weber's disease. The sum of 500,000 euros comes from ZonMw's Translational Research programme. The researchers... Read more
Wed, 9 October
The Lush Prize offers a global prize fund to support initiatives to end or replace animal testing. The prestigious prize fund of at least £250,000 is available across five categories: Lobbying, Training, Public Awareness, Science, and Young Researchers. A sixth category, known as the 'Black Box' prize, also provides the possibility... Read more
Wed, 9 October
Nature published in News in Focus (1 October 2019) that India is one of the latest countries joining a growing wave of nations looking at emerging technologies like organs-on-chip as alternatives for the use of animals in research. The technologies that model human organs and diseases are fast improving and becoming reliable models for testing... Read more
Tue, 8 October
In the Dutch newspaper NRC, chair of hDMT and Professor of Developmental Biology Christine Mummery tells about miniature hearts, made of stem cells and microchips, for research into heart failure and other diseases. Additional advantages of such a miniature organ: less animal testing and cheaper medicines. Source: NRC Een hart zo groot... Read more
Tue, 8 October
Researchers at Leiden University Medical Centre (LUMC), partner of hDMT, have for the first time succeeded in measuring the three most important physical features of a beating cardiac cell: contraction, electrical action potential and calcium flux, simultaneously in the laboratory. Taken together, these properties cause the cardiac cell to beat,... Read more
Tue, 8 October
Horizon 2020 FET-Open project Organ-on-Chip In Development (ORCHID GA #766884) is close to completion. On 23 September 2019 the achievements of ORCHID and future perspectives were discussed during a dynamic interactive final ORCHID meeting in Leiden, the Netherlands. 35 participants from 14 different countries, including scientists from... Read more
Tue, 8 October
The first annual conference of the European Organ-on-Chip Society (EUROoCS) in Graz in Austria on the 2nd and 3rd of July this year was a great success. The impressive old campus of the Graz University of Technology, with its nice Lecture Hall and the historic Aula in EUROoCS colors, was filled with 214 enthusiastic participants from 18... Read more
Mon, 7 October
Delft University of Technology and hDMT welcomes Dr. Angelo Accardo, who joined the Department of Precision and Microsystems Engineering (PME) at TU Delft as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Soft Micro- and Nanosystem Technology for Life Sciences and Biology since June 1st 2019. During his PhD and Post-doctoral activity, Angelo... Read more
Mon, 7 October
The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and hDMT partner Amsterdam UMC organize a symposium on 25 November 2019 about Animal-Free Innovations in Science. One of the themes is Organ-on-Chip technology. The goal is to bring together scientists from different disciplines in an open and constructive setting to discuss the challenges in animal-free... Read more
Tue, 17 September
The Dutch Transition Program for Innovative animal-free research (TPI) invites scientists, entrepreneurs, research funders, regulators and policymakers, to share their innovative practices and policies that can improve human health and safety whilst making animal testing redundant. The main objective of the international... Read more
Wed, 14 August
The annual Sartorius and Science Prize for Regenerative Medicine and Cell Therapy is geared towards researchers focused on basic or translational research that advances regenerative medicine and cell therapy. The initiators are looking forward to receiving your application before 1 October 2019. Eligible fields: Entries accepted from the... Read more
Tue, 13 August
The Topsector Hightech Systems and Materials and TKI HTSM organizes the HiTMaT call (Connecting High Tech PPP in Social Themes); an open call in which scientists can win an amount of € 25,000 in seed money in order to link high-tech research innovations to social themes, in collaboration with at least one entrepreneur, in an elaboration... Read more
Sun, 7 July
During the closing ceremony of the first EUROoCS conference in Graz on 2 and 3 July 2019, a number of young scientists received an award. Travel Awards were offered to promote the participation of students and selected from the submitted abstracts by peer-review. The Best Poster Awards were elected by voting of all participants in the... Read more
Thu, 4 July
The Top Sector Life Sciences & Health (LSH) invests 2.76 million euros in Dutch Organ-on-Chip research through their dedicated HHOOCS call. Seven projects have been awarded, in which knowledge institutes, companies and the Dutch Society for the Replacement of Animal Testing join forces to develop proof-of-concept Organ-on-Chip models.... Read more
Thu, 4 July
On 17 June 2019 in Berlin (Germany) the Centre of Alternatives to Animal Testing-Europe held its information day on Biology-inspired Microphysiological Systems (MPS) to advance Medicines for Patients Benefit with key international experts from academia, regulatory agencies, and industry. CAAT-Europe coordinates transatlantic activities aimed at... Read more
Thu, 4 July
The IMI Stakeholder Forum 2019 took place on Wednesday 12 June in Brussels, Belgium. The theme was "Brain health and disease in the digital era - 2020 & beyond" For this event, IMI brought together European academics, representatives of multiple industry sectors (pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, digital, imaging),... Read more
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