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EVENT | 17 March 2021

CONNECT University Online Session on "Medical technology advances: nervous system-on-a-chip"

  •   19 May 2021
  •   Online event

Progressive neurological disorders such as Parkinson disease poses detrimental debilitating effects to patients. The lack of valid preclinical models has been hampering medical progress for the last decades. During this CONNECT University event the participants will have the opportunity to discover the project CONNECT (Connecting neural networks: Nervous-system-on-Chip Technology) and its impact on neurodegenerative disorders, by exploring and consolidating a new technological direction as a viable future technology for the development of novel therapeutics and regenerative strategies.

Medical technology advances: nervous system-on-a-chip
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The idea is to use an ingenious system of microtubes to interconnect nerve cells through three compartments ranging from the central nervous system to the peripheral nervous system. This might bring both ethical and practical benefits, such as: allowing to study the transport of specific proteins that travel in the nervous system and are associated with Parkinson's disease and reducing the number of animal experiments.

Dr Regina Luttge will introduce her ongoing research on the project with a focus on the micro- and nanofabrication technology enabling new in vitro nervous system models, here tailored to Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Going into more fundamental details of defining the design criteria of our envisaged PD model, she will discuss the contribution in combining microfluidics with tissue engineering. Join us on 19 May from 14:00 until 15:00 in finding out more about innovative future development of therapeutic strategies.

Background information

CONNECT University is the knowledge-sharing flagship initiative of the European Commission’s Directorate General on Communication Networks, Content and Technologies (DG Connect) that aims to inform the EU staff and the general public about the latest digital trends and challenges which are highly linked with EU's relevant policies. Join the Connect University community and be a part of shaping the future of digital.