October 2015

IFER Fellowship Awards

Each year, the International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) awards several fellowships to graduate students working on alternatives to the use of animals in research. This month, IFER announced the funding of three new IFER Graduate Fellowships, along with the renewal of four fellowships awarded in prior years.
The 2015 awardees are:

  • Kanica Rautji working with Dr. Rocky S. Tuan at the University of Pittsburgh on Application of human iPSC-derived mesenchymal progenitor cells to develop osteochondral microtissues for osteoarthritis drug testing
  • Kathleen Metz and her advisor, Dr. Robert F. Halliwell, at University of the Pacific on Can stem cell-derived neurons from discarded teeth replace animal cells in neuropharmacology studies
  • Hyoyoung Jeong working with Dr. Hyun Jung Kim at the University of Texas, Austin on Human gut inflammation-on-a-chip for replacing animal models

For more details on the award-winning proposals, and about IFER’s Graduate Fellowship Program, see AltTox’s In the Spotlight article, "IFER awards 3 new graduate student fellowships for scientific research utilizing innovative animal alternative methodologies."

NICEATM Vacancy: NIEHS is seeking an internationally-recognized expert as Director of NICEATM:  The full announcement will be available on on November 10; applications are due by November 20, 2015.

EURL ECVAM has published a comprehensive report on their activities that includes their work on the development and validation of alternative methods:

The Alternatives Research & Development Foundation (ARDF) Alternatives Research Grant Program recently announced the funding of six new research projects as part of their annual grants supporting the development and promotion of non-animal methodologies in biomedical research, testing, and education. Read more about the awardees here:

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