Alan H. Wells, M.D., to be the Keynote Speaker at CHI's Screening & Functional Analysis of 3D Models

Dr. Wells of the University of Pittsburgh will discuss "An All-Human Microphysiologic Liver System for Carcinoma Metastasis" at this conference - part of the 2nd annual FAST: Functional Analysis & Screening Technologies Congress.
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Needham - Massachusetts - US

NEEDHAM, Mass. - Sept. 3, 2014 - PRLog -- Dr. Wells’ keynote presentation is scheduled on Wednesday, November 19 from 11:40-12:05 p.m.

Speaker Abstract:

Metastases kill patients, but disseminated cancers are resistant to therapies. The tumor biological events behind this are unknown due to lack of relevant model systems. Further, humans metabolize agents and present toxicities uniquely, hampering drug development. We have developed an all-human microphysiological system of the liver to study both tumor behavior in the common metastatic site, and drug metabolism/efficacy in the main metabolizing organ.

Also of special interest at this conference are presentations in the session on “Engineering Complex 3D Models of Tumor Microenvironment for Drug Screening and Functional Analysis,” which will cover topics such as tumor heterogeneity in bioengineered 3D models, 3D hydrogel co-cultures, and 3D ECM physiological systems. Also highly anticipated in the session on “Phenotypic Screening of 3D Models” is the talk by Dr. Aron Jaffe of Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research who will present strategies for designing complex cellular assays for target discovery.

Writers and editors are invited to attend. To request a press pass, contact Lisa Scimemi,

Important Dates:
Advanced registration discount deadline: October 10, 2014
Poster abstract submission deadline: October 10, 2014

For more details and to register, visit

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