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Inaugural symposium Innovation Centre-3Rs

Monday, 25 September, 2017 - 09:15 to Monday, 25 September, 2017 - 16:30
Campus: Brussels Health Campus
Auditorium Van den Driessche
In Vitro Toxicology and Dermato-Cosmetology VUB
+32(0)2 477 45 07

The 3Rs principle (Refinement, Reduction & Replacement) is a central tenant for high quality science that incorporates innovative non-animal methodologies wherever possible. It is explicit in EU and international legislation, and the application of 3Rs is a desirable framework for meaningful biomedical insights. In this context, there is a growing focus in both academic and industrial sectors, on the development of alternative approaches which reduce or avoid the use of animals. A driving force is the urgent need for better models that reflect human biology and physiology with greater accuracy

Over the last 25 years, the team of In Vitro Toxicology and Dermato-cosmetology (IVTD), under the direction of Prof. Vera Rogiers at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), has spearheaded the development of alternative methods that reflect the 3Rs principle for toxicology and safety applications. With the formation of the Innovation Centre-3Rs (IC-3Rs) we aim to increase the visibility of alternative methods by enhancing communication, building the local network and supporting the development of in vitro methodologies, throughout the Belgian region and Europe.

To kick-off IC-3Rs, an inaugural symposium will be held, with a focus on the alternative methods developed at the VUB, Jette. Cross disciplinary talks, from key VUB experts, will highlight how cutting edge research can work hand-in-hand with alternative strategies – delivering high quality and relevant science in line with a humane approach.

Read the full programme here.

Attendence is free of charge, but strictly by registration only.

More information and registration: www.ic-3rs.org