EUROoCS 2020 Awards go to researchers of Groningen and Leiden

Wednesday, 12 August

During the 2nd edition of the Annual EUROoCS (European Organ-on-Chip Society) Conference on 8th and 9th of July (due to COVID-19 held online) prizes were awarded for the Best Presentation Young Investigator Awards, the Best Presentation Senior Investigator Award and the Best Poster Awards. Dutch hDMT researcher Joram Mooiweer from the University Medical Center Groningen won one of the Best Presentation Young Investigator Awards and Marc Vila Cuenca from the Leiden University Medical Center won one of the Best Poster Awards.

The presentation awards were elected by a jury of ten experts chaired by Alexander Mosig from Jena University Hospital, Germany. The poster awards were chosen by a jury of ten experts chaired by Nathalie Picollet-D'hahan from CEA, France.

We congratulated both winners and all other awardees:

Best Presentation Young Investigator Awards

Award 1

The Best Presentation Young Investigator Award (€ 500), sponsored by Ushio (Japan) was awarded to Joram Mooiweer (University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands) for his talk 'Celiac disease-on-chip: modelling a multifactorial disease in vitro'. The Celiac disease model will enable studies on the underlying disease mechanism and will provide opportunities for precision medicine approaches to treat this complex disease. The presentation was prepared in collaboration with his colleague Renée Moerkens, also at the University Medical Center Groningen.

Joram Mooiweer Generation of the Celiac disease-on-chip model

Award 2

The other Best Presentation Young Investigator Award (€500) went to Oliver Schneider (Fraunhofer IGB/University of Tübingen, Germany) for his talk 'Electrical pacing of hiPSC-derived cardiac µ-tissues in a centrifugal Heart-on-Chip platform'.

Best Poster Awards

Award 1

The Best Poster Award (€250), sponsored by UPM Biomedicals is granted to Marc Vila Cuenca (Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands) for his poster entitled 'Generating CADASIL patient-derived Vessels-on-Chip to model hereditary cerebral small vessel disease'. The hiPSC-based 3D Vessels-on-Chip network that has been developed in the group of Valeria Orlova will be used to recapitulate CADASIL pathogenesis by including patient-derived vascular smooth muscle cells and endothelial cells.

Marc Vila Cuenca hiPSC-derived Blood Vessel-on-Chip

Award 2

Bilge Sen Elci (EPFL, Switzerland) also received a Best Poster Award (€250) for her poster entitled 'A Bile Duct-on-a-Chip'.

Honourable mentions

The poster jury has also decided that the following scientists deserve an honourable mention because of their excellent posters:

Merve Bulut (Leiden University Medical Center, the Netherlands):

  • Engineered 3D vessels-on-chip to model inflammatory responses using hiPSC-derived endothelial cells

Julia Rogal (Fraunhofer IGB / University of Tübingen, Germany)

  • WAT's up: a human immuno-competent and patient-specific white adipose tissue-on-a-chip

Ann-Kristin Muhsmann (Technical University Berlin, Germany)

  • Fully automated multiorgan-chip assay execution and analysis

Katharina Schlünder (Fraunhofer IGB / University of Tübingen, Germany)

  • PDMS-free microphysiological Pancreas-on-Chip platform to model endocrine function and metabolism

Peter Ertl (Vienna University of Technology, Austria)

  • Microfluidic Multi-sized Brain Organoid Microarray for BBB transport screening

Nuria Roldan (AlveoliX, Switzerland)

  • A smart breathing alveolus on chip model: concept and applications
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