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Animal research: Tübingen researcher awarded for new complementary method

Dr. Niklas Schwarz from the Hertie Institute for Clinical Brain Research, the University and the University Hospital Tübingen has been presented with the award "Ersatz und Ergänzungsmethoden zum Tierversuch" of the State of Baden-Württemberg for the development of a method that allows scientists to investigate human brain tissue in the Petri dish over several weeks. The new method answers some of the questions about human brain tissue which used to require animal experiments. For instance, it simplifies tests to find out whether human brain tissue can tolerate new drugs. Since its introduction to the scientific community a year ago, several laboratories around the world have started to successfully apply the Tübingen method. The award ceremony took place on October 25, 2018 at the Ministry of Rural Affairs and Consumer Protection in Stuttgart. Schwarz will use the prize money of 25,000 Euros for future studies.

… read the complete press release (in German only)