Animals should only be used in research when no alternatives are available.
To ensure that we only use animals when it is essential, we:
The new QM+ Emulate Organs-on-Chips Centre (established with the US company Emulate Inc) uses micro-engineered chips to recreate the human response of different organs by incorporating different types of cells and tissues cultured under continuous fluid flow and mechanical forces, such as cyclic breathing and peristalsis, which create the microenvironment that cells experience in the body.
Organs-on-Chips (pictured) contain tiny hollow channels lined by living human cells. As miniaturised living systems with human cells, Organs-on-Chips can predict human responses with greater precision and detail than cell culture or animal-based testing. This knowledge can be used in a laboratory to test drugs and understand how the body works.
The Organs-on-Chips can improve the testing of new drugs or therapies to predict their safety and efficacy in the human body. These living, microengineered systems also offer the potential to reduce the reliance on animal testing.
This pioneering Centre is open to academic staff across the UK. It is also representative of Queen Mary's commitment to the 3Rs – and to finding alternatives to animal research wherever possible.