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The event language is English.
Participation is free of charge.

Modality: On-site

University Hospital Bonn
Venusberg-Campus 1
53127 Bonn

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Organoids: An Alternative to Animal Research

What is an organoid? In which research fields does it have an application? What are the state-of-the-art and emerging methods developing an organoid system? How can you establish an organoid model for your research question? And finally, how is it contributing to the replacement of animal experiments?

Such questions and more will be elaborated at our first 3R-Symposium NRW. Our invited experts will share their insights and experiences on how organoids are shaping the today and the future of biomedical research as an alternative to animal experiments. The program covers a wide spectrum of research areas as pulmonary, immune system, neurotoxicity, pancreatic research, and drug discovery. Moreover, you can also meet and exchange with other fellow researchers during the lunch buffet expanding your network.

You are cordially invited to the 3R-Symposium NRW | New Approaches in Organoid Research for Replacement on October 12th, 2023 in Venusberg-Campus 1, 53127, Bonn.


Porträt-Bild von Prof. Dr. Ana Ivonne Vazquez-Armendariz

Jun-Prof. Dr. Ana Ivonne Vazquez-Armendariz

Group Leader of RG Organoid Biology

Argelander Professor TRA Life and Health
Life and Medical Sciences Institute (LIMES)
University of Bonn

Porträt-Bild von Prof. Dr. Ellen Fritsche

Prof. Dr. Ellen Fritsche

Group Leader of RG Fritsche

Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine
University of Düsseldorf

Porträtbild von Prof Dr Nicole Teusch

Prof. Dr. Nicole Teusch

Group Leader of RG Teusch

Institute of Pharmaceutical Biology and Biotechnology
University of Düsseldorf

Dr. Roxana Micsik

Senior Scientist

STEMCELL Technologies

Porträt-Bild Florian Nikolaus Gohr

Florian Nikolaus Gohr

Doctoral Scientist of RG Molecular Immunology

Institute of Innate Immunology
University of Bonn

Program and Venue


10.00 h – 10.15 h | Welcome

10.15 h – 10.30 h | Presentation of the 3R Competence Network NRW

10.30 h – 11.00 h | Jun-Prof. Dr. Ana Ivonne Vazquez-Armendariz

"Complex murine and human organoid systems to model pulmonary diseases"

11.00 h – 12.00 h | Roxana Micsik

Keynote Talk: "New in vitro models for drug discovery"

12.00 h – 13.00 h | Lunch Break & Open Buffet

13.00 h – 13.30 h | Florian Gohr

"Organoids for inflammasome research”

13.30 h – 14.00 h | Prof. Dr. Ellen Fritsche

"Fit-for-purpose in-vitro methods for studying neurotoxicity"

14.00 h – 14.30 h | Prof. Dr. Nicole Teusch

"Spheroid-on-Chip-model to identify novel therapeutic approaches for the treatment of pancreatic cancer"

14.30 h – 15.00 h | Closing Remarks & Networking


Universitätsklinikum Bonn

Venusberg-Campus 1

53127 Bonn

How to reach the event

The University Hospital Bonn (UKB site plan) is easily accessible by regular bus connections. The nearest bus stops are "Uniklinik Nord", "Kiefernweg", "Uniklinik Hauptpforte" and "Uniklinik Süd". From the bus stop "Bonn Hauptbahnhof" you can take bus line 600 (direction: Ippendorf Altenheim) or 601 (direction: Venusberg). To plan your journey and for up-to-date information, please contact SWB Bus and Rail