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More funds for three projects to avoid animal testing

UKE scientists developing methods to replace animal testing

Three UKE research projects to avoid animal testing are to receive EUR 500,000 in funds over next two years. All three projects will start on January 1, 2019. Scientists at the University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) are making increased use of computer simulations, multi-organ chips or permanent cell cultures to develop therapies with maximum animal welfare.

Promoting research priorities

Two projects will receive EUR 200,000 each while a third will get EUR 100,000. “During the selection process, we covered UKE’s research priorities in the areas of cardiovascular, kidney, cancer and neurosciences,” said Prof. Dr. Petra Arck, Research Dean. An independent panel of experts at UKE and national research institutions chose the projects for funding.

One project uses special cell cultures made from human blood for research purposes while another focuses on human stem cells. The scientists use these cells to grow tissue with the properties of heart muscle and kidney tissue. The high quality of the third research project for developing tissue cultures in preclinical oncological research prompted its designation for funding.

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