CoeBoC team (Susanna Miettinen, Hanna Vuorenpää, Minna Kellomäki, Katriina Aalto-Setälä, Susanna Narkilahti, Mari Pekkanen-Mattila, Jukka Lekkala, Jari Hyttinen, Jussi Koivumäki, Antti-Juhana Mäki) participated in the second Nordic Organ on a Chip Symposium organized by University of Oslo as a part of Oslo Life Science (OsloLifeScience) conference on 12.2.2019 in Norway. This one-day symposium included over 150 researchers from many different countries, and was included seven sessions. Probably not so difficult to imagine that the schedule was a pretty fully-packed with a lot of interesting presentations and discussions.
After opening words by Stefan Krauss (University of Oslo, Norway), Bengt Norden (Chalmers Technical University, Sweden) gave an interesting keynote speech about the role of water in biology. He explained, why water is needed to keep DNA inside dry. Yes, dry. That was fascinating! (if you got interested, google his recent paper to find out more)
Symposium included several interesting talks. For example, Carl-Fredrik Mandenius (Linköping University, Sweden) presented how a systematic functionality mapping approach can improve designing process of microbioreactor for organ cell studies. Michal Mielnik (SINTEF Oslo, Norway) demonstrated how integration of silicon chips in polymer microfluidic chips can provide new methods for organ-on-a-chip studies. Moving towards autologous tissues and organs using 3D bioprinting with stem cells was presented by Paul Gatenholm (Cellheal AS and Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden). He demonstrated how their bioprinted structures created vascularization, a very crucial issue when aiming to build proper tissues and further organs/parts.
Our PI team leaders presented comprehensively both new Tampere University and our Center of Excellence in Body-on-Chip Research. Furthermore, two posters were given by Jussi Koivumäki and Antti-Juhana Mäki. Unfortunately, this time poster prize went to another country. Maybe next year then… Organized speed-dating / get to know-happening for PhD students and postdocs was very useful and fun (and of course fast!) way to meet many people and explain your research in minutes. And tapas were delicious!
Alltogether, it can be said that the symposium was well organized and provided many new contacts and ideas for the future. Oslo, no matter as little time as we were there, felt a very pleasant city to drop by again.