Organ-on-a-Chip Technologies Network

Abstract: We are pleased to announce a new Organ-on-a-Chip Technologies network funded through the MRC, EPSRC and BBSRC via the Technologies Touching Life scheme. The UK network will bring together research activity on organ-on-a-chip and other in vitro models to provide new integrated technological approaches for addressing fundamental biological questions and for industry testing of new therapeutics and diagnostics.

The UK is currently under-represented in this emerging multidisciplinary field, and not yet benefitting from the major industrial and government funding seen in the US and other areas of the EU. To address this imbalance the network aims to unite activity under a shared vision, promoting investment, and ensuring the training of the next generation of researchers.

The network if free to join and will provide the UK research community with the following opportunities:
• A flagship programme of fully-funded 3 month cross-discipline sabbatical projects.
• Yearly network meetings which will shape the development of this field and identify priority funding areas.
• Support for running other meetings and events.
• Access to network resources and support with building new collaborations.
• A lab exchange programme offering opportunities for early career researchers to experience different research environments and research sectors.
• Training for early career researchers in research leadership, industrial translation and public engagement.
• Public Engagement experience through delivery of a new organ-on-a-chip public engagement interactive at major UK science festivals.

The network is led by Prof Hazel Screen and Prof Martin Knight at Queen Mary University of London with a leadership team consisting of key figures working in bioengineering, lifesciences and clinical research fields which underpin the development and implementation of organ-on-a-chip technologies.

Please visit the website to register for the network and our launch event on September 6-7th, 2018.

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