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What is the state of the art of animal free testing of today and which innovations do we need in the near future? How do innovative models, like organoids, organ-on-a chip and Microphysiological Systems (MPS) contribute to medical science? What do we gain and what is still out of reach when using animal free testing strategies? And what is needed to make future innovations possible?

In the afternoon of 13 December we will discuss this with several speakers who develop and work on animal free innovations. They will talk about the possibilities and impossibilities of these innovations and discuss the potential routes to take in the future.

Invited speakers are: prof. dr. Sue Gibbs (VUmc), Carine van Schie (Nederlandse Brandwonden Stichting), prof. dr. Jolanda van der Velden (VUmc), Dr. Katja Wolthers (AMC), prof. dr. ir. Theo Smit (AMC) and Dr. Wiep Scheper (VUmc).

We invite you to join us at the first edition of More Knowledge with Fewer Animals on Tour on 13 December 2018.

Preliminary programme

13.00 h Reception

13.30 h  Welcome:

  • by Eveline van Rijswijk, program maker, presenter, science journalist and discussion leader

13.40 h Collaboration VUmc Dermatology and Nederlandse Brandwonden Stichting by:

  • Prof. Sue Gibbs and Mrs. Carine van Schie

14.10 h Transition to animal-free innovation by:

  • Mrs. Anke Sikkema (program manager Ministery of Agriculture, Nature en Food Quality)

14.20 h  Presentation and discussion I:

  • Prof. Jolanda van der Velden (VUmc Physiology - Cellular pathophysiology of  cardiomyopathies)
  • Dr. Wiep Scheper (VUmc Molecular Neurodegeneration - Alzheimer’s disease)15.20 h  Break

15.45 h  Presentations and discussion II:

  • Dr Katja Wolthers (AMC Medical Microbiology - Clinical Virologist)
  • Prof. dr ir Theo Smit (AMC Orthopaedic Surgery - Tissue Engineering and Mechanobiology of development and disease)

16.45 h  Wrap up with:

  • Sue Gibbs, Carine van Schie, Jolanda van der Velden, Wiep Scheper, Katja Wolthers and Theo Smit

17.00 h  Drinks

(There is a limited amount of places available. Conformation of your participation will be managed by the first come, first served principle.)

More information

More Knowledge with less Animals on Tour is organised by ZonMw in collaboration with VUmc/AMC and the Nederlandse Brandwonden Stichting. If you are interested to host one of the four similar meetings we are planning for 2019, please contact Erica van Oort  (

More Knowledge with Fewer Animals is a research programme of ZonMw.

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