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GER: National Animal Protection Research Prize awarded

On December 4, 2014 Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Christian Schmidt awarded the 33rd Animal Protection Research Prize, which carries prize money of €15,000, in Berlin. The prize was split between three winners:


Dr Uwe Marx of the Technical University of Berlin devel­ops multi-organ-chips to replace animals in the safety testing of chemicals and in efficacy testing of drugs. These artificial systems aim to simulate the interaction of different organs by linking different compartments containing different cell types by the exchange of liquid.

Dr Peter Reinhardt of the Max-Planck-Institute for Molecu­lar Biomedicine in Münster develops stem cell based models of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease. Stem cells from the skin of patients are induced to become pluripo­tent stem cells (iPS). These are used to investigate the disease mechanisms and to test potential drugs.


The team of Prof. Dr Vera Rogiers of the University of Brus­sels has developed a stem cell based screening method to assess the toxicity of substances to the liver. Human stem cells are iso­lated from the skin and differentiated into liver cells.




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