Tissue engineering: the third dimension to animal replacement

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Event:   NC3Rs NC3Rs
Event date:
12 Jun 2012
Event location:London, UK
Contact details:
Gibbs Building
215 Euston Road
Email: enquiries@nc3rs.org.uk
Tel: 020 7611 2233
Fax: 020 7611 2260

Event description:

The NC3Rs and BBSRC are hosting a symposium on 12 June 2012 in central London to highlight the potential of tissue engineering as a scientifically robust means to replace and reduce the use of animals in basic research and safety testing.

The aims of the meeting are (i) to highlight the wider applications for tissue engineering and stem cell technologies beyond their use as therapies, including a focus on industry needs for replacing animal studies; and (ii) to provide networking opportunities for researchers from different disciplines and sectors.


There is a strong translational theme to the meeting with an 'Industry needs' session where companies (including AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Syngenta and Unilever) will highlight their requirements from tissue engineering and stem cell research to address business needs in efficacy and safety testing.

Working closely with experts from the field, we have put together an exciting programme of speakers from academia and industry. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Geraldine Hamilton, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Boston, USA
  • Dr Katrin Zeilinge, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
  • Dr Rick Livesey, University of Cambridge, UK
  • Dr Amir Ghaem-Maghami, University of Nottingham, UK


Delegates are encouraged to submit relevant poster abstracts and can do so using the registration form by 8 May 2012. Please remember to consider the 3Rs (replacement, reduction and refinement) implications of your work when putting together your abstract.

Abstracts will be selected by the NC3Rs and successful applicants will be informed by 14 May 2012.

This year there will be a poster competition with a £1k prize for the best poster. Posters must focus on the 3Rs.


There will be exhibitor space for companies to showcase their technology/products relevant to the theme of the meeting and which has the potential to reduce animal use in the biosciences.

Companies that fit this description should complete the Exhibitor registration from below by 8 May 2012, remembering to consider the 3Rs implications of your technology/product.

Exhibitors will be selected by the NC3Rs and informed by 14 May 2012 if they have been chosen to exhibit at the meeting.

There is no charge for exhibiting at the meeting.


Registration is open to researchers, from academia and industry, in the tissue engineering and stem cell (and related) fields and in vivo researchers who are interested in the application of these approaches in their research.

Attendance at this meeting is free, but registration is essential.

The closing date for poster abstract submission is 8 May 2012.

The closing date for registration is 14 May 2012.

Related Documents

link arrow Draft Agenda (PDF, 55KB)
link arrow Exhibitor Registration Form - Tissue Engineering (DOC, 101KB)
link arrow Policy on attendance at NC3Rs events (PDF, 67KB)
link arrow Registration form (DOC, 108KB)