Workshop: From Research to Readiness

Advancing Research and Regulatory Acceptance of Microphysiological Systems for Infectious Disease Applications

Wednesday, May 31 – 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT
Thursday, June 1 – 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. EDT

Agenda (updated May 16)

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While animal models can be useful in the study of infectious diseases, their susceptibility and manifestation of symptoms can differ substantially from humans. The emergence and global spread of COVID-19 underscores the need for human-based models of infection. NICEATM and partner organizations organized the Microphysiological Systems for COVID Research (MPSCoRe) working group to coordinate the use of microphysiological systems (MPS) to reduce animal use in studies of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases. 

To support its continuing efforts to advance application of MPS in this area, MPSCoRe will hold a virtual workshop to facilitate discussion and collaboration about current regulatory approaches and to raise awareness of opportunities for accelerating the integration of MPS models in the regulatory framework. The workshop will feature presentations on MPS models for infectious disease research and where they are in terms of readiness as well as presentations from international regulators. There will be opportunities for registered participants to ask clarifying questions about the presentations during the event.

The workshop is being organized by the National Toxicology Program Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods (NICEATM), the UK National Centre for the Replacement Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), and the U.S. Army DEVCOM Chemical Biological Center.