Better science with less animal experimentation


About this course

This course will consist of five modules, all of which focus on a different aspect of research and innovation in animal-free methods. The course will include regulatory and communication aspects. During this course, you will focus on innovations in animal-free methods including advanced in vitro (cell culture) and in silico (computational) approaches. The course will highlight the unique advantages of human-derived cells, such as induced pluripotent stem cells, organoids and multi-organ-on-chip devices. You will discover and discuss core topics related to the transition to a more humane science with the help of ethics, statistics and philosophy experts. You will dive in critical data interpretation in order to enhance your understanding of science. A group of experts will teach you the methodology of systematic reviews of scientific studies.

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Learning outcomes

The main goal of this course is to develop critical thinking supporting the choice,creation, development, validation, and use of alternatives to animals in research

Required prior knowledge

A BSc in life sciences, basic knowledge in the structure of research projects. Some experience in data interpretation is expected.

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