Since 2020, the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts (MWK) Baden-Württemberg has supported the establishment of the 3R-Center Tübingen for In vitro Models and Alternatives to Animal Testing which is jointly supported by the Medical Faculty of the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen and the NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tübingen in Reutlingen.
The 3R-Center Tübingen
Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Peter Loskill, we aim to provide scientists with a low-threshold access to novel alternative methods. By strengthening research capabilities, the goal is to create a broad, interdisciplinary awareness of these new approaches.
- Support of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science in establishing the 3R-Network Baden-Württemberg
- Establishment of an extensive digital information & communication platform for various target groups
- Establishment & implementation of workshops and training programs
- Establishment of a 3R-technology platform in the form of a core facility
What we stand for
Education, Training and Consulting
At the interface between research, politics, teaching and the general public, we work closely together with the respective target groups. We inform scientists, clinicians, politicians and the general public about the 3R-activities in Baden-Württemberg, prepare the content for the respective target groups and present it accordingly. In addition, we design and organize subject-specific seminars, workshops and training programs for the individual target groups and also actively participate in the Baden-Württemberg university education.
We also advise and support researchers in deciding which alternative method or technology can adequately replace an animal experiment in a specific scientific question.
The establishment of a strong network between researchers, clinicians, educators, regulators and industry representatives is an important cornerstone of the 3R-Center Tübingen. By actively promoting the development of new technologies and the Baden-Württemberg-wide dissemination of new research results, we are advancing the use of modern in vitro models and alternatives to animal testing.
In the 3R-Center Tübingen, we work on the development and qualification of Organ-on-Chip (OoC)-Systems and Enabling Technologies as well as on the application of OoC models for basic research, drug development/ pharmacological research, personalized medicine, consumer protection and toxicology. With Prof. Dr. Peter Loskill’s international µOrgano-Lab-Team, we work at the interdisciplinary interface between materials science and engineering, physics, biology and medicine.
In close cooperation with the NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute in Reutlingen, we thus offer the possibility of reducing the use and necessity of animal experiments in accordance with the 3R-Principle (Replace, Reduce, Refine), of increasing the transferability of preclinical results to the clinical phases and thus of making the entire development process more cost-effective, safer and faster.