UWE workshop explores alternative testing technologies

Issue date: 31 March 2010


Institute for Bio sensing Research University of the West of England 14 April 2010
UWE Exhibition and Conference Centre

Scientists with expertise in cell technology and alternative testing technology will convene at a special event at the University of the West of England to share knowledge and listen to expert speakers on a range of related subjects.

Sensors and instrumentation for monitoring cell toxicity will be held on 14 April 2010 at UWE's Exhibition and Conference Centre and is being organised in partnership with the Knowledge Exchange Network.

The workshop will include an informative element relating to animal replacement testing.One of the speakers is Emily McIvor from the Humane Society International, who lobbies EU Parliament to back the development of alternative testing methods.

Professor Richard Luxton, Director of the Institute for Bio Sensing Research said, “This workshop will explore the requirements and applications of sensors and instrumentation for monitoring cell toxicity. A key application is identifying the toxic effects of potential drug compounds in cell culture systems used to accelerate drug discovery.

“Sensors for monitoring cell toxicity are also important tools for developing animal replacement technologies through the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction (3R's) framework. In addition alternative testing for cell toxicity is becoming a critical component for the testing of new cosmetics and testing industrial chemicals under the REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and restriction of Chemicals) legislation.”

The main objectives for this workshop are to broaden understanding of the need for alternative testing technology, review appropriate cell models for alternative testing,review cell maintenance technology, review types of sensor technology used to monitor cells and to facilitate cross-disciplinary networking.

For information on the programme see:Event Programme

To register http://www.biosensingtech.co.uk/Events/SensorFlyer.html

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