Advancing the Understanding and Treatment of Heart Diseases

First in-person General Assembly Meeting & Workshop from June 27 to 29, 2022, hosted by LAAS-CNRS in Toulouse

Over the course of two days, the first General Assembly Meeting took place at LAAS-CNRS in Toulouse, France, followed by a third day of workshops, hosting eight external speakers active in the ‘organ-on-chip’ field. The coordinator, Christian Bergaud (LAAS-CNRS), was happy to welcome 22 consortium members and virtual attendees from the nine international partners to discuss the progress of the project and the next steps to kick off the second phase of EMAPS-Cardio starting in September 2022.

Day 1 of the General Assembly Meeting began with the coordinator giving an overview of the progress made to date, as well as aligning activities in communication, dissemination and exploitation led by Eurice. The session was followed by an update given by the project’s cell culture and models group, including presentations by the partners IMC and BioTalentum. The General Assembly Meeting also provided an opportunity for the project’s young researchers and scientists to give a presentation of their work. Young researchers were present from partners IMC, CSEM, LAAS-CNRS and BioTalentum. Finally, Day 1 of the meeting was closed with a consortium dinner in the beautiful city centre of Toulouse and a walk along the Garonne river.

The second day of the General Assembly Meeting started with an overview given by the project’s bioreactor platform group, partners OSPIN, InoCure and BioTalentum. This group was followed by the insert platform group, partners LAAS-CNRS, IMC, InoCure and Biofabics. The day continued with a lab tour through the LAAS-CNRS facilities with a hands-on demonstration of the scaffolding and organ-on-chip technology. The afternoon focused on practical discussions and workshops, amongst others on holders and cell seeding, scaffold properties, as well as the electromechanoactive aspects and integration of different technologies. The day ended with a comment provided by an external scientific advisor, Franco del Principe (LIS), who gave a positive outlook on the ongoing research in the project and the overall collaboration of the consortium.

Part of the EMAPS-Cardio Consortium

Hands-On Insights

Lab Tour