Tissue Chips

The Potential of the Tissue Chip for Environmental Health Studies

July 21-22, 2014

National Academy of Sciences
2100 C St. NW; Room 120
Washington, DC

Human tissue chips are touted as offering a more human-representative alternative to animal models, while overcoming limitations associated with  in vitro systems— but concerns remain about the limitations of these emerging model systems.

Also referred to as biological platforms or organs-on-a-chip, tissue chips are structures seeded with multiple cell types to simulate the architecture and function of whole organs.  They are built using recent advances in nanotechnology, micro-engineering, systems biology, and stem cell technology.

This meeting will examine the state of development and use of biological platforms, and explore the promises and limitations of their use in environmental health research and regulatory contexts.

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