Webinar by Andries van der Meer on Organs-on-Chips
On Wednesday November 18th the Royal Dutch Chemical Association-KNCV organized a webinar on Organs-on-Chips: the new research weapon for disease and treatment. (in Dutch)
If you missed the webinar, you can watch it back via Youtube.
Organs-on-chips are microfluidic chips containing human cells that mimic the function, dynamics and structure of human organs in disease and health. Think of pieces of myocardial cells that are really beating or pulmonary vesicles that actually expand and contract to simulate breathing. The Organs-on-Chips can not only improve the development process of new medicines but can also accelerate and reduce costs. In addition, this technology contributes to reducing the use of laboratory animals.
Amazingly interesting, but exactly how does this technology work? And what can we expect from Organs-on-Chips in the future? hDMT PI Andries van der Meer gave a bird's-eye view of the world of this new technology on Wednesday 18 November.
He addressed the following questions:
- What role do stem cell biology, tissue culture, microtechnology and biomaterials play in the development of Organ-on-Chip technology?
- Why is the concept of Organ-on-Chips so powerful, and are the first applications already available?
- Where will this field go in the next ten years? Can we expect a cultured 'mini-version' of ourselves in the near future?
Do you want to know more about
Foundation of Life Science and Society in collaboration with hDMT has dedicated a booklet to Mini organs on Chips (in Dutch and English.) You can download the pdf for free or order the cahier via this link.