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
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
Syngenta and Unilever) will
highlight their requirements from tissue engineering and stem
cell research to address business needs in efficacy and safety
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
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
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
Companies that fit this description should complete the
Exhibitor registration from below by 8 May
2012, remembering to consider the 3Rs implications of
Exhibitors will be selected by the NC3Rs and informed by 14
May 2012 if they have been chosen to exhibit at the
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