Cardiomyocytes derived from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC-CMs) offer an attractive platform for cardiovascular research, including disease modeling, drug toxicity testing and development of regenerative therapies. Patient-specific iPSC-CMs are very useful to study disease pathogenesis and

Last updated on: 30-06-2020 - 14:13

Contact: Maaike Alaerts
Organisation: University of Antwerp
Status: Still in development, Internally validated
Vascular smooth muscle cell (VSMC) deficiency plays a pivotal role in aneurysm development. Unfortunately, access to native VSMCs of patients and (particularly) control individuals is extremely limited. It has been shown that iPSC-derived VSMCs recapitulate the yet known disease processes very well.

Last updated on: 03-06-2020 - 13:51

Organisation: University of Antwerp
Status: Still in development, Internally validated
Amoebae are natural eukaryotic predators of bacteria, yeasts, fungi and they are ubiquiste. They are excellent and easy-to-use cellular infection models, as they allow to co-cultivate any organisms in a broad range of infection medium, compatible with high quality microscopy techniques,

Last updated on: 19-05-2020 - 11:02

Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: Internally validated, Published in peer reviewed journal
A calculated number of bacteria is injected through the pro-legs of the larvae. As several entry points are present, this allows to inject virulent bacteria and potential antimicrobial compounds within the same host. The survival of the larvae is scored over time (days post inoculation) until about

Last updated on: 19-05-2020 - 11:01

Organisation: Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Status: Internally validated, Published in peer reviewed journal
Reverse pharmacology is a high-throughput in vitro method to characterise ligand-receptor interactions. In this method, a receptor of interest is expressed in a heterologous cell line and used as a hook to fish out its ligand(s) from a library of synthetic compounds. Receptor activation is measured

Last updated on: 17-04-2020 - 09:56

Contact: Isabel Beets
Organisation: KU Leuven
Status: Published in peer reviewed journal
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is being applied to characterize the fluid flow in different applications. CFD has obtained significant interest in both the medical and engineering community because of its non-invasive character. It can predict the fluid flow characteristics when one or multiple

Last updated on: 10-04-2020 - 09:22

Organisation: Ghent University
Status: Still in development, Published in peer reviewed journal
We study the influence of food parameters on the digestive kinetics of diverse nutrients throughout the upper gastrointestinal tract. For this, we use a static in vitro digestion protocol based on the standardized, consensus method recommended by the INFOGEST consortium. Briefly, the food is first

Last updated on: 31-03-2020 - 21:01

Contact: Tara Grauwet
Organisation: KU Leuven
Partners: INFOGEST consortium
Status: Published in peer reviewed journal
The objective of this ex-vivo model is to study the initial pulp-tissue reaction of the human pulp tissue to different pulp-capping materials. Methodology: Freshly-extracted (mainly due to orthodontic reasons) healthy human teeth (impacted third molars) from young individuals (15-20 years old)

Last updated on: 24-03-2020 - 16:32

Contact: Mariano Pedano
Organisation: KU Leuven
Partners: Aix-Marseille University
Status: History of use, Internally validated, Published in peer reviewed journal
Design and fabrication of microfluidic devices that allow manipulation and analysis of (single) cells. Droplet-based as well as digital microfluidics can be applied and are suitable for a wide variety of (non-adherent) cells. Different materials can be used for the fabrication of the microfluidic

Last updated on: 10-03-2020 - 14:54

Contact: Cannot be disclosed
Organisation: KU Leuven
Status: Still in development, Published in peer reviewed journal