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Science On Tap: ATHENA and surrogate human organs

Join us Wednesday, February 21, at 5:30 p.m. at UnQuarked.
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 Ectypal 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 all ages.

Science on tap

Science on Tap is a convivial opportunity to engage with Lab scientists on their current projects. A brief presentation is followed by lively questions, answers, and discussion. The fun takes place on the third Wednesday in January and February, then the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the UnQuarked Wine Room at 145 Central Park Plaza in Los Alamos.

The sessions are a joint project between the Bradbury Science Museum and the Los Alamos Creative District.