Science Sessions, Tuesday August 25 until Thursday August 27
Given recent scientific, technological and translational progress across a range of fields likely to impact future societies, we have revisited the session topics for the 3rd BIC conference in 2020. (full list of topics: see below at the end):
Organoids, organs-on-chips and the growing understanding of how to physically interface biomaterials with various cell types hold great technological and societal promise, with applications in fields including tissue engineering, drug development and human toxicology. Important progress has been made most recently in approaches that are key to future translation and application of organ-like in vitro systems, such as cell sources, stem cell technology, 3D cell printing, and 3D high resolution imaging. Speakers will address status and future directions in these fields, also related to personalized medicine, and will also highlight the importance of involving all stakeholders - from academia, clinics, (pharmaceutical) companies and society at large – in translating personalized organs-on-chips to precision medicine.
These technologies also have the potential to reduce animal testing needs, but require further research, continued innovation and discussion in our society as clinical validation and translational maturity for many of these in vitro approaches remains unverified.
Neuronal Interfaces also hold great promise, given recent progress in identifying the intrinsic control architecture of brain networks. This will likely contribute to providing a fundamental basis for the exogenous control of brain networks and future progress in the Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning field. Human-machine Interfacing is a key buzzword in this field, and biointerface technology a critical topic to enable its future progress.
Sessions topics BIC-2020