Building Bridges 2016

OpenTox Euro 16, Building Bridges Workshop
Fri, 28. Oct. 2016

Schloss Beuggen 11
Telefon +49 (7623) 7519-0


Rheinfelden, Germany

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Costanza Rovida, REACH Mastery, Como
Maria Chatzou, PhD, Centre for Genomic Regulation, Barcelona
Selina Wray, PhD, UCL Institute of Neurology, London
Glyn Stacey, PhD, National Institute for Biological Standards and Control, Hertfordshire
Paul A. De Sousa, PhD, Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, Edinburgh
Rex FitzGerald, PhD, Swiss Centre for Applied Human Toxicology, Basel
Tomo Saric, M.D., Ph.D., Institute for Neurophysiology, Cologne

Workshop Topics:

1: General introduction on the usage of stem cells
2: Stem cells as therapy
3: Use of stem cells to model Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias
4: Identifying adverse effects of substances by mode-of-action analysis
5: Computational Challenges of Personalised Medicine
6: Stem cell banking and possible usages and ethics aspects
7: Regulatory acceptance of new methods


Today, advanced cell therapies founded on human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells have entered clinical evaluation. These resources are also being integrated in the drug discovery process to confirm causative roles of mutated genes in various diseases and discover new therapeutic drugs to ameliorate disease pathologies. The socioeconomic impact of ongoing and future accomplishments is critically reliant on interdisciplinary engagements between diverse stakeholders informing standards of practice, conduct and care and translating knowledge into real-world practice. 

Drawing on the professional expertise of expert practitioners across the spectrum of stem cell science and toxicology, the mission of Building Bridges event is to promote the understanding of this field and network amongst participants. This should create new interdisciplinary opportunities to advance the safety, efficacy and impact of the emerging field of personalised medicine.

Building Bridges Schedule

08:30 Introduction and workshop agenda
08:45 Lightning talks on needs and challenges in changing methods
09:45 Break
10.15 Knowledge Cafe (one table for each perspective)
11.30 Feedback from Knowledge Cafe and next steps
12:00 Lunch
13.00 Lightning tlaks on solutions in emerging methods
14.00 Group Work (creating cases for collaboration)
15.15 Break + informal discussion for group work
15.45 Feedback from group work and collecting ideas about next steps
18.00 Start of reception and social event with dinner

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Building Bridges Introduction Perspective