Symposium Animal-Free Innovations in Science

  • November 25 @ 12:00 - 17:00


November 25
12:00 - 17:00


Aula Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Hoofdgebouw, De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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25. 11. 2019 @ 12:00 17:00

On 25 November Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC organize a symposium on Animal-Free Innovations in Science. Vinod Subramanian, rector magnificus Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Chris Polman, (vice) chair executive boards Amsterdam UMC (locations VUmc & AMC) invite you to this symposium that focuses on innovations in animal-free methods including in vitro (cell culture) and in silico (computational) approaches. We will address the unique advantages of utilising human derived cells, including induced Pluripotent Stem cells, organoids and multi-organ chip devices. Our goal is to bring together scientists from different disciplines from the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in an open and constructive setting to discuss the challenges and advantages in encouraging animal-free innovations in basic and translational research.

Speakers and Talks

Prof. Dr. Sue Gibbs 
Chair of skin and mucosa regenerative medicine at Amsterdam UMC / ACTA 
Topic: Animal free innovations with examples from skin and mucosa 
Dr. Vivi Heine  
Head of iPSC lab- Amsterdam UMC / VU  
Topic: Human stem cell models of brain disorders 
Dr. Reyk Horland  
VP Business Development – TissUse GmbH  
Topic: Applying Multi-Organ-Chip technology in safety and efficacy testing: current status and future potential 
Prof. Dr. Paul Jennings  
Chair of the Division of Molecular and Computational Toxicology- Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam  
Topic: Why we use animals as models for humans and why we might not need to in the future.

Pavlina Konstantinova, Ph.D.
VP, Research – uniQure
Topic: Towards gene therapy using oragnoids?
Vinod Subramanian
rector magnificus Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Prof. dr. Bas Teusink
Chair in Systems Biology, scientific director of AIMMS – Amsterdam Institute of Molecules, Medicines and Systems, VU
Topic: Getting more out of your data with systems biology

Prof. Dr. Jolanda van der Velden
Chair the Department of Physiology – Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc
Topic: State-of-the-art in modelling the healthy and failing heart in a dish

Aula Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Hoofdgebouw, De Boelelaan 1105
Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Corporate Members

mattek in Vitro Life Science Laboratories Vito

Gold Sponsor

Affiliated Societies

Invitrom Scandinavian Society for Cell Toxicology Celltox IVTS