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Science On Tap: ATHENA and surrogate human organs

WHEN:
Feb 21, 2018 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
WHERE:
UnQuarked Wine Room
145 Central Park Square, Los Alamos, NM
SPEAKER:
Jennifer Harris
CONTACT:
Linda Anderman
(505) 665-9196
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TYPE:
Meeting
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Event Description

This event is open to those of all ages.

New drugs are under constant development but most fail in clinical trials. Why do so many drugs pass animal testing, but fail in Phase 1 clinical trials in humans? Are animal models of human diseases ultimately really a good model for humans?

Enter ATHENA. ATHENA, which stands for Advanced Tissue-engineered Human External Network Analyzer, is designed to simulate organ systems (such as liver, heart, lung, and kidney) and can be used as a first-line test for potential toxicity analysis since the system can mimic the response of actual human organs.

Such research could lead to faster approval and fewer potential side effects for new medications coming onto the market.

Please join the Lab’s Jennifer Harris, with the Lab’s Biosecurity and Public Health group, as she takes you through the research being carried out at the Laboratory in this very important field.

The session is open to those of all ages.

Benefit for Bradbury Science Museum Association members

Bring your Bradbury Science Museum Association membership card (or join on the spot—at very reasonable rates) and get $1 off your food and/or drink at Science On Tap.