Organ-on-a-Chip Symposia Series

Organiser: Adrian Biddle, QMUL/OOACT Network Member

Inspired by the excellent response to online seminars during current events, we have decided to start an online monthly seminar series for the Organ-on-a-Chip Technologies Network, starting in September (via Microsoft Teams). The Network serves the whole of the UK research community and, as such, it would be great to have an online seminar series that is accessible to everyone.

The seminar series plans include:

  • a broad focus encompassing all in vitro models research aimed at predicting human biology
  • a mix of abstract talks and invited high profile speakers in the field
  •  meetings to take place within core working hours enabling everyone to attend
  •  talks will not be recorded, to encourage sharing of unpublished data
  • publishing abstracts on the OOACT Network website

Programme 2021 - Keynote speakers:

  • 15 September: Prof Peter Friedl, Radboud University Nijmegen: "In-vivo-inspired environments to understand cancer invasion guidance and plasticity"  
  • 13 October: Prof Kevin E. Healy, University of California, San Francisco: “Microphysiological Systems as Testbeds in Drug Development, Cryopreservation, and Gene Editing”
  • 17 November: Prof Valerie Weaver, University of California, San Francisco: "Forcing the glycocalyx to drive tumor aggression"
  • Registration is free to Network members via Eventbrite.  Please see OOAC Symposia Series events page for further information.

Call for Abstracts 

Please complete the abstracts (350 words max) using the abstract submission form, and e-mail to for a future symposia.

Abstract talks will be of approximately 20 minutes duration, and ECRs and PhD students are encouraged to apply. We will have the option of including 5 minute ‘flash talks’ that will be reserved for ECRs and PhD students to maximise the opportunities to speak.

If you haven’t already, please register  with the Organ-on-a-Chip Technologies Network where you will receive Network updates including: seminar advertising, registrations and Microsoft Teams invites. There will also be future sandpit events advertised via these updates aimed at forging new collaborations.