Organoids are much simplified miniature versions of real organs grown in vitro. They consist of different, organ-specific cell types that form a functional unit and partly reproduce the functions of a real organ. The manifold application potential of organoids lies in modeling diseases and drug tests to develop therapies. In future, organoids could replace animal models.
In the 2018 summer term, the Integrative Research Institute for the Life Sciences at HU Berlin offers a colloquium entitled “Organoids – Life in 3D.” The colloquium consists of five lectures by international scientists who will present different research approaches and application areas of organoids in infection, cancer, and brain research. In addition to participating in the discussions following the lectures, young scientists will have the opportunity to discuss their research and get inspired during one-on-one meetings with the scientists. The Schering Stiftung supports the colloquium, since it addresses important aspects of life science basic research and encourages the cross-disciplinary networking of Berlin-based scientists.
The IRI-Schering Colloquium is aimed at students, PhD candidates, and researchers. The public is welcome. The lectures will be in English. Registration is not required.
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Dr. Joshua Bagley from the IMBA in Vienna will talk about his work with mini brains to study the causes of neurological diseases.Learn more
At the IRI Life Sciences at Humboldt University Berlin the molecular biologist Dr. Jarno Drost will talk about his research on pediatric kidney tumors using organoid technology.Learn more
The biologist Dr. Marc Leushacke talks about his research on the regulation of adult stem cells and their potential for clinical applications, including in regenerative medicine.Learn more
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