News

Sat, 12 December
The Health.E lighthouse recently published a White Paper on the emerging medical domains for the electronics components and systems industry and the many opportunities that lie ahead. Health care is changing. It is becoming more and more decentralized and personalized, and there will be an increased emphasis on prevention. These changes are... Read more
Fri, 11 December
Bringing new, innovative and animal-free techniques and ideas to the market is a challenge, especially if you don't have experience in this field. That is why Proefdiervrij is organizing the first edition of the Proefdiervrij Venture Challenge. In this 10 to 12-week program, you and your team will be guided by experts to make a solid... Read more
Fri, 11 December
In order to steer scientific policy-making, it is important to understand the needs of scientists. The aim of this survey is to gain insight into the factors that influence the choice and use of experimental models. The Survey is conducted by Fresci, commissioned by Eurogroup for Animals. Are you a researcher or an educator in life... Read more
Fri, 11 December
hDMT researcher Milena Bellin from the LUMC receives 2 million euros from the European Research Council (ERC). With this Consolidator grant, she will investigate human cardiac diseases using mini hearts made from stem cells. The aim is to improve this model so that it can be used to determine the cause of complex heart diseases. And ultimately... Read more
Fri, 11 December
hDMT PI Jingyuan Fu of the UMCG Genetics/Paediatrics departments has received an ERC Consolidator Grant of 2 million euro from the European Union. She will use this the coming five years to investigate whether the effectiveness of medicines can be improved by making adjustments to the whole of micro-organisms in the gastrointestinal system... Read more
Thu, 10 December
hDMT researchers from the UTwente recently published their article Modular operation of microfluidic chips for highly parallelized cell culture and liquid dosing via a fluidic circuit board in Microsystems & Nanoengineering which presents the development of a plug-and-play modular and standardized platform for research with Organ-on-Chip. ... Read more
Fri, 27 November
In the second round of the Dutch Research Agenda Program: Research along routes by Consortia (NWA-ORC) the project Virtual Human Platform for Safety Assessment receives a grant of 9.9 million euros for assessing the safety of chemicals and pharmaceuticals without using laboratory animals. hDMT is closely involved in the project, as are hDMT... Read more
Fri, 27 November
A 5 million Euro NWA-ORC grant was awarded to hDMT researchers to develop immunocompetent human Organ-on-Chip models with integrated lymph drainage for drug discovery and testing (LymphChip). The project is led by Valeria Orlova (coordinator) from Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), Christine Mummery (LUMC) and Sue Gibbs (VUMC). ... Read more
Fri, 20 November
The Lush Prize offers a global prize fund to support initiatives to end or replace animal testing. It is the largest prize fund in the non-animal testing sector. This year the winner of the Lush Prize for Training is the Helpathon Team from The Netherlands. Their innovative brainstorming sessions help scientists who currently use animals... Read more
Thu, 19 November
After the successful launch of the Dutch version, as of today, also the English version of our booklet entitled 'Mini Organs-on-Chips: Towards new research models for studying disease and finding treatments', is available. It is also the first time that the Dutch Foundation 'Biowetenschappen en Maatschappij' offers... Read more
Wed, 11 November
The Willy van Heumen Fund will award the Willy van Heumen Prize in 2021. The price is set at €15,000, to be spent at your own discretion on the welfare of animals. The Willy van Heumen Prize is a prize that is awarded once every two years by the Willy van Heumen Fund to a person or organization that has made a special contribution... Read more
Wed, 11 November
Postdoc Viviana Meraviglia in the Dept of Anatomy and Embryology of LUMC has been awarded the 3Rs science prize 2020 of the European Partnership for Alternative Approaches to Animal Testing (EPAA) for her work using 3D mini hearts from human induced pluripotent stem cells. This was announced at the EPAA annual conference, on 10 November 2020. ... Read more
Fri, 6 November
Win the Nano4Society Pitch Award (500 Eur cash) at iMNC2020 online? Then sign up today and give a great pitch in the main program on December 3. Extended abstract submission deadline: November 15, 2020 The iMNC2020 program is updated with excellent speakers who are ready to open discussions with you in the Nano4Society themes. hDMT... Read more
Fri, 6 November
To highlight the new alliance with EUROoCS, Stem Cell Reports is seeking manuscripts on innovative studies incorporating stem cells or their derivatives into Organ-on-Chip and microphysiological systems for publication in an upcoming special issue of the journal. Topics include applications for functional genomics and disease modeling,... Read more
Wed, 4 November
On Wednesday November 18th the Royal Dutch Chemical Association-KNCV organized a webinar on Organs-on-Chip: 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... Read more
Fri, 23 October
A consortium of hDMT partner Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) together with Bi/ond and Fluigent has received 1.4 million euros via the European Eurostars program for a new Organ-on-Chip system that mimics the physiological conditions of the human body. The two companies will deliver the very first compact Organ-on-Chip system that can... Read more
Wed, 21 October
Your help is highly needed and appreciated in the next TPI-Helpathon #4 on November 2-3, 2020. The organizers are looking for people from all different disciplines - from basic research to regulatory till implementation. Helpathon #4 is called by three researchers at the Biomedical Primate Research Center, Rijswijk, the Netherlands.... Read more
Wed, 21 October
Bi/ond, the Dutch startup of hDMT partner Delft University of Technology, has launched a new initiative to forward research on Organ-on-Chip research and develop better models. With this initiative, the startup aims to promote and accelerate the development of Organ-on-Chip models with the potential to reduce and replace animal testing. They... Read more
Tue, 20 October
Today the Foundation 'Biowetenschappen en Maatschappij' has launched a booklet, entitled 'Mini Organs-on-Chips. Towards new research models for studying disease and finding treatments'. This new publication in the series of so-called 'Cahiers' explains to a large audience, in an easy-to-understand language,... Read more
Fri, 16 October
Proefdiervrij together with Stichting Bouwstenen voor Dierenwelzijn recently awarded hDMT researcher Berend van Meer the Hugo van Poelgeestprijs 2020 for alternatives to animal testing for his work on human Heart-on-Chip models. "With his research into human heart models, Van Meer has shown that he has a vision of what the future may... Read more
Fri, 25 September
As pre-event of the TechMed congress, the Organ-on-Chip Center Twente will be launched. The new center of expertise aimed to bring together researchers interested in Organ-on-Chip and share their knowledge. The Organ-on-Chip Center Twente (OoCCT) is supported by the MESA+ Institute and the TechMed Centre of the University of Twente. OoCCT... Read more
Fri, 25 September
Post-Doc Jasper Koning and PhD Student Jonas Jäger recently joined the group of hDMT PI Sue Gibbs of the Amsterdam UMC, location VUMC. They are going to continue the NextSkin project which aims to develop a novel in vitro platform for testing penetration of actives via hair shafts in human metabolically and immune-competent skin... Read more
Fri, 25 September
PhD Student Britt van der Leeden joined the group of hDMT PI Hans Niessen and Sue Gibbs of the Amsterdam UMC, location AMC and VUMC on 1st April. Her project is in collaboration with the Dutch burn wound association. In this project, she aims to unravel the mechanisms underlying burn-induced NETosis and resultant microvascular thrombosis and... Read more
Fri, 25 September
PhD Student Melis Asal recently joined the group of hDMT PI Sue Gibbs of the Amsterdam UMC, location VUMC. She is going to develop an immune competent organotypic Gut-on-Chipmodel capable of immune surveillance. The model will be used for mimicking the effect of microbiome, testing immune responses and uptake of orally digested drugs for... Read more
Fri, 25 September
hDMT researcher Liliana Moreira Teixeira Leijten of the University of Twente has received an ENW-KLEIN grant for her research into gendered chips for healthy knees and hips. The grant is awarded by the science financier NWO and consists of about 300.000 euros. Gendered chips for healthy knees and hips A multitude of approved drugs and... Read more