Organ-on-a-Chip and In Vitro Cell Culture Systems Are Replacing Animal Experiments

The Physicians Committee
NEWS RELEASE March 26, 2015
Organ-on-a-Chip and In Vitro Cell Culture Systems Are Replacing Animal Experiments
Symposium at the Experimental Biology Conference Highlights Advanced Technologies for Disease Modeling and Basic Research

BOSTON—On March 30 at the Experimental Biology 2015 Conference in Boston, three scientists will lead a symposium on the most advanced nonanimal methods for medical research. Martin Yarmush, M.D., Ph.D., a professor at Rutgers University, will explain how organ-on-a-chip technology is emerging as a tool for researchers to make major scientific discoveries advancing human medicine. J. Malcolm Wilkinson, M.Sc., Ph.D., will give a demonstration of the Quasi-Vivo cell culture system and discuss how researchers can model human disease and gain knowledge that will lead to treatments and cures for human patients.

“Today’s medical researchers are looking for the best tools for making discoveries that will save lives and improve health,” says Charu Chandrasekera, Ph.D., director of laboratory science for the nonprofit Physicians Committee. “That means looking beyond animal models and embracing human-relevant research methods that can move more treatments from bench to bedside.” At the symposium, Dr. Chandrasekera will give an overview of the newest technologies used for basic research using real-world examples from various fields including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.  

What: Symposium on organ-on-a-chip technologies and other advanced tools for basic research and disease modeling
Who: Martin L. Yarmush, M.D.,  Ph.D., professor of biomedical and chemical engineering at Rutgers University, J. Malcolm Wilkinson, M.Sc., Ph.D., chief executive officer, Kirkstall Ltd, U.K., and Charu Chandrasekera, Ph.D, director of laboratory science for Physicians Committee
When: Monday, March 30, 12:30 to 2 p.m.
Where: Experimental Biology 2015 Conference at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston, Mass., Room 255, Level 2

For an interview with Dr. Chandrasekera, please contact Jeanne S. McVey at 202-527-7316 or

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