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Report Symposium Animal-Free Innovations in Science

Thursday, 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, Vinod Subramaniam, introduced the symposium by emphasising the importance of this discussion both within the scientific community and within society at large.

"Animal experiments have been a very intrinsic part of our research for many years", he said, "but we're now trying to keep them at a minimum and replace them with alternatives wherever possible". And what could some of these alternatives look like? Using big data to glean information, modelling complex disease structures and physiologies, honing new technologies such as stem cell research and Organ-on-Chip - all these have the potential to transform the way we innovate in medical science.

Read the whole report here: Report Symposium Animal-Free Innovations in Science, VU Amsterdam.

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