**SAVE THE DATE** - 2nd EurOPDX Workshop, Weggis, Switzerland on October 1-3, 2018
July 11, 2017

**SAVE THE DATE** - 2nd EurOPDX Workshop, Weggis, Switzerland on October 1-3, 2018

We are delighted to announce that the second edition of the EurOPDX Workshop will be held on October 1-3, 2018 at the same venue in Weggis, Switzerland.

Although we are keeping a similar size (100-120 attendees), the format may evolve from the first edition to take into account the feedback received last year, as well as new trends and challenges in the field. We want this second workshop to be even more successful than the first one!

A draft programme and list of speakers will be posted on this website during the fall.

If you missed the 1st workshop, please visit its webpage: http://www.europdxworkshop2016.eu/

Hope to see you in Weggis in October 2018!

Trace PDX platform at KU Leuven looking for Project Manager/Coordinator
May 12, 2017

Trace PDX platform at KU Leuven looking for Project Manager/Coordinator

Trace (http://www.uzleuven-kuleuven.be/lki/trace), a multidisciplinary project focused on patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models at the KU Leuven, is set up within the department of oncology to narrow the gap between preclinical and clinical research by developing a more reliable and predictive in vivo model for different tumor types. The established PDX models have the potential to be a representative oncology model for testing innovative treatment therapies, investigating new and existing pathways and define biomarkers. Trace is thereby a crucial link between the clinicians of the UZ Leuven and researchers of the KU Leuven, in close collaboration with both key players. This ambitious and innovative project is a multicentric initiative active on a national and international level (including membership to the EurOPDX Consortium).

To support these activities, Trace is currently looking for a dynamic and highly motivated manager/coordinator.

Full description of the position responsibilities and profile needed is available on the KU Leuven website: https://icts.kuleuven.be/apps/jobsite/vacatures/54162969

For more information, please contact Eleonora Leucci, tel.: + 32 16 37 70 88, mail: eleonora.leucci@Kuleuven.be

You can apply for this job no later than June 12, 2017 via the online application tool. Please upload your CV (max 4 pages) and motivation letter including the contact details of two European referees.
 

EC Scientific Conference 'Non-Animal Approaches - The Way Forward': We were there.
December 8, 2016

EC Scientific Conference 'Non-Animal Approaches - The Way Forward': We were there.

We presented a poster at the scientific conference organised by the European Commission in Brussels on December 6-7, 2016 to engage the scientific community and relevant stakeholders in a debate on how to exploit cutting edge advances in biomedical and other research in the development of scientifically valid non-animal approaches (alternatives to animal testing).

The conference brought together people from different countries, scientific disciplines and sectors with expertise in research involving animals and / or non-animal alternative approaches. Through scientific presentations and panel discussions attendees explored the current benefits and limitations of different models, and considered how to improve the quality and predictivity of models used in research, including approaches to accelerate non-animal alternatives.

Very promising alternatives were presented and discussed like organ-on-chip and in silico approaches, but also other ways to comply with the 3Rs (Reduce, Refine, Replace) such as non-invasive imaging. As well as the need for following the ARRIVE guidelines when reporting on in vivo work in order to increase the reproducibility of data, and the need to report on negative results, all to contribute to reducing the number of animals used.

It is crucial to the members of the EurOPDX Consortium to embrasse these issues by designing studies and reporting results in full compliance with the European Directives and the 3Rs. In addition, many of our activities contribute to the 3Rs, such as the development of ex vivo PDX-derived cells for prescreening of models and reduction in the number of animals (if not replacement by avoiding unnecessary in vivo experiments). See previous News on Bruna et al. Cell 2016 article.

Presentations, videos, and the report from the conference are now available at http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/lab_animals/3r/scientific_conference_non_animal_approaches_en.htm. Our poster is included in the conference content.

Poster presented at the 1st EurOPDX Workshop  with an update on our activities
October 4, 2016

Poster presented at the 1st EurOPDX Workshop with an update on our activities

Our first workshop taking place in Weggis, Switzerland on October 3-5 was also an opportunity to present a poster with an update on the current members of the Consortium, our objectives, achievements so far and future directions.

You can upload this poster using the following link: https://www.dropbox.com/s/goh5pgzw6abga7b/Poster%20EurOPDX%20Consortium_Workshop%20Weggis%20Oct%202016_20161004.pdf?dl=0

More updates soon!