UWE offers courses on tissue culture techniques that provide alternative to live animal lab tests

Issue date: 29 July 2013


Specialist courses that will train postgraduate research students in essential tissue culture techniques are being offered at CATIM, a recently launched Business Technology Centre at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).

Tissue culture enables models of animal tissue to be constructed for use as alternatives to live animal testing.The courses are believed to be the first of their kind offered by a technology centre in the south-west and will help research students to improve their practical proficiency using live mammalian cell systems.

The courses give a foundation in best practice for cryopreservation of cells, for cell banking and sub-culture applications. They provide an introduction to the use of bioreactors for large-scale cell culture, and guidance in the quality control and contamination issues associated with tissue culture.

Many of the cell biology techniques covered by the courses are essential for stem cell research and biopharmaceutical manufacture by the biotech industry.

Dr Bret Dash, Director of the Business Technology Centre from UWE Bristol, said, “Tissue culture has many real world applications across a range of industries from drug discovery and testing for new cosmetic ingredients to the development of new testing technologies and the discovery and characterisation of new cancer cell lines. We specialise in bespoke laboratory cellular analysis and testing and we are proud to be the first university offering this important and specialist training.”

Training will be delivered by experts from Public Health England. Bioreactor and live cell monitoring technologies will be demonstrated by Electrolab Biotech, ABER instruments and Broadley James.

Dr Bryan Bolton, head of business development and external communications at the Culture Collections for Public Health England, said, '”We are delighted to be rolling these courses out in collaboration with local biotech businesses and CATIM ensuring that best practices in cell culture are embedded into projects at an early stage thereby increasing the chances of success.”

For further information visit http://catim.co.uk/cell-culture-courses/

CATIM is a consortium, led by UWE's Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology, with other partners, the University of Bristol, the European Collection of Cell Cultures, the NHS and the Humane Society International, bringing their complementary strengths to the project.

The centre is backed by £1.8 Million of investment from UWE Bristol and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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