Summer 2018

In the spotlight for the Summer edition are three great interviews with leading researchers, funding bodies and opinion leaders on the development of in-vitro human relevant 3D models as an alternative to animal studies: Dr. Phil Stephens from the Cardiff University , Dr. Tuula Heinonen from the Finnish Centre for Alternative Methods to Animal Experimentation (FICAM) and CEO Carla Owen from the Animal Free Research UK.

In this edition we also open the 2018 image competition to entries and announce the dates for the 4th Annual Visions for 3D Cell Culture Conference in Helsinki, Finland. Invitations will be sent out in August, but for early bird registration (free) or interest in presenting contact us at growdex@upm.com

Enjoy reading!

Articles​

Evolution of FICAM and development of human relevant in-vitro models

Professor Tuula Heinonen studied at the University of Turku, Finland, before gaining a PhD in toxicology for her work at the Institute of Occupational Health, where she performed animal toxicity and in vitro toxicity studies of chemical substances to assess the potential carcinogenic risk. After working in the pharma industry for 17 years, she came to the University of Tampere in 2008 to set up the Finnish Centre for Alternative Methods (FICAM). Tuula discusses how FICAM came into being, and its role in finding alternative models to animal testing.

"At the moment, people are not aware of the alternatives to animal testing, and so sharing information is critical” »

4th Annual Visions for 3D Cell Culture Conference – Note the date

The 4th Annual Visions for 3D Cell Culture Conference will take place 13-14 November, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. Leading scientists will gather to present and discuss the latest hot topics and trends in 3D cell culture, organ-on-a-chip models, 3D printing and much more. Invitations will be sent out in August, but for early bird registration (free) or interest in presenting contact us at growdex@upm.com. Places are limited to provide an informal atmosphere, so prompt is recommended. The conference is open to scientists interested in 3D cell technology and offers both educational and networking opportunities.

Read highlights from the 2017 meeting »