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Sabbatical Projects

Our sabbatical funding helps to deliver Organ-on-a-Chip Technologies Network (OOACT) aims which include: stimulating new collaborations between network members, and integrating research activity across traditional research disciplines.

Award Round 1

In our first award round announced in October 2018, we funded five sabbatical pump-prime projects with a total spend of £85,227.  For more news on this funding round, please read: "Funding stimulates new collaborations in organ-on-a-chip technologies"

Information on the OOACT Network funded projects can be found below:

Microfluidic model of human pulmonary artery: vascular cell positioning under flow

Principal investigator: Beata Wojciak-Stothard, Imperial College London
Co-investigators: Virginia Pensabene, University of Leeds
Researchers: Alexander Ainscough, Imperial College London
Vanessa Mancini, University of Leeds
Award round: 1
Dates: Start: 01-08-2019  /  End: 30-11-2019
Contract amount: £14,400

Next-Generation Material for high-volume production of Sustainable, Biocompatible Organ-On-Chip devices

Principal investigator: Maïwenn Kersaudy-Kerhoas, Heriot-Watt University
Co-investigators: Virginia Pensabene, University of Leeds
Eugenio Martinelli, University of Rome Tor Vergata
Holger Becker, Microfluidic ChipShop GmbH
Maciej Skolimowski, Micronit Microtechnologies BV
Researcher co-investigators: Sandro Meucci, Micronit Microtechnologies BV
Francesco Colucci, University of Leeds
Researchers: Alfredo Ongaro, Heriot-Watt University
Award round: 1
Dates: Start: 01-04-2019  /  End: 30-09-2019
Contract amount: £10,627

Development of a microvascularised cerebral organoid-on-a-chip

Principal investigator: Julien Gautrot, Queen Mary University of London
Co-investigators: Madeline Lancaster, MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology
Researchers: Stefania Di Cio, Queen Mary University of London
Award round: 1
Dates: Start: 04-02-2019  /  End: 03-08-2019
Contract amount: £22,886

Development of an immune-responsive 3D skin model

Principal investigator: John Connelly, Queen Mary University of London
Co-investigators: John Greenman, University of Hull
Matthew Hardman, University of Hull
Researchers: Ana Laly Aguedo, Queen Mary University of London
Award round: 1
Dates: Start: 04-01-2019  /  End: 31-07-2019
Contract amount: £17,008

Transcriptional development of human primary osteocytes in a 3D bone organ

Principal investigator: Phillipa Hulley, University of Oxford
Co-investigators: Liam Grover, University of Birmingham
Adam Cribbs, University of Oxford
Researcher co-investigators: Anastasios Chanalaris, University of Oxford
Award round: 1
Dates: Start: 14-01-2019  /  End: 30-06-2019
Contract amount: £20,306
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