Symposium Animal-Free Innovations in Science



Aula VU

Symposium Animal-Free Innovations in Science

Faculteit der Bètawetenschappen

Aard- en levenswetenschappen, Exacte wetenschappen, Medisch

Congres / symposium / seminar

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. 

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12:00 - 13:00Lunch
13:00Introduction: Vinod Subramanian, rector magnificus Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
13:10Key note speaker and discussion
14:00 -14.40Speakers and discussion
15:00Key note speaker and discussion
15:40 -16.20Speakers and discussions
16:40Panel discussion

Date: 25 November, 12:00 – 17:00  hours
Location: Aula VU
Organizers: VU & Amsterdam UMC 


2gibbsProf. Dr. Sue Gibbs 
Chair of skin and mucosa regenerative medicine at Amsterdam UMC / ACTA 
Topic: Animal free innovations with examples from skin and mucosa 
4HeineDr. Vivi Heine  
Head of iPSC lab- Amsterdam UMC / VU  
Topic: Human stem cell models of brain disorders 
1horlandDr. Reyk Horland  
VP Business Development - TissUse GmbH  
Topic: Applying Multi-Organ-Chip technology in safety and efficacy testing: current status and future potential 
3jenningsProf. 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 organoids?
Vinod Subramanian
Rector magnificus Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
teusinkProf. 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
Dasja PajkrtDasja Pajkrt, MD, PhD, MBA
Principal Investigator Pediatric Infectious - Amsterdam UMC / AMC
Topic: Human organoid technology focusing on ethical aspects, dissemination strategies and business opportunities.

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