Our project coordinator Silvia Scaglione contributed to the organization of the 1st Microphysiological Systems World Summit, organized by the Johns Hopkins Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT) and EUROoCS, with the assistance of more than forty organizations all around the World.
Microphysiological systems (MPS) comprise a number of bioengineering breakthroughs that reproduce organ architecture and function in vitro. Fueled by stem-cell technologies, a broad variety of human models and test systems have emerged, making relevant experimental tools broadly available through international and multidisciplinary collaborations.
Conference series is a key tool for forming a community and accelerating scientific developments, their implementation and global harmonization. They provide an overview of the state-of-the-art in such dynamic and diverse fields, enabling transfer learning. Opinion leaders identified a global conference on MPS in the field as a key step forward in the maturation and harmonization of the area.
40+ international organizations and companies, among them also our partner React4Life, have teamed up for this proposal to initiate a series of annual MPS World Summits to present the latest scientific achievements, discuss the advances and challenges, and enable communication between young and newly interested scientists and pioneers of the MPS field.
Global attendees were attracted to the New Orleans inaugural conference in May-June 2022, which also laid the groundwork for an MPS technology roadmap. The conference succeeded in improving stakeholder dialogue and offering networking opportunities for young scientists, researchers, and industry leaders in the MPS sector. We are looking forward to the next edition!