A Poignant Last Act by Congressman Alcee Hastings

Earlier this month, Congressman Alcee Hastings, a Democrat from Florida, died from pancreatic cancer. My heart goes out to Hastings and his family for what they must have surely gone through. I know just how terrible pancreatic cancer is. It’s one of the most painful cancers to suffer through. My grandfather died from this disease […]

The Three Biggest Impacts the Pandemic is Having on Animal Testing

At the Center for Contemporary Sciences (CCS), we believe in the possibilities that good science can offer. We believe that we can improve human health, and do it better, by replacing animal tests with innovative testing methods.  We believe that medical research and testing methods should start and end with human biology. After all, the goal of […]

CCS Partners with GlassWall Syndicate

CCS is proud to announce its partnership with the GlassWall Syndicate to help drive investment toward the best, most effective medical research testing methods possible.  The GlassWall Syndicate is a large group of venture capitalists, foundations, trusts, non-profits, and individual investors who share a similar investment thesis and want to accelerate mainstream adoption of products and services […]

Dr. Aysha Akhtar on the Pandemic Punditry Podcast

Check out the conversation between CCS President and CEO, Dr. Aysha Akhtar, and Pandemic Punditry co-hosts as they discuss how animal testing is outdated and unsuccessful. Dr. Akhtar explains how the Center for Contemporary Sciences is dedicated to improving human health and progressing medical research through innovative, human-biology testing methods, rather than using ineffective animal models.Check […]

Student Corner: Questions with Dr. Kristen O’Halloran Cardinal

CCS Intern, Syama Patel, and Fellow, Mikalah Singer had a virtual “sit-down” with Dr. Kristen O’Halloran Cardinal from California Polytechnic State University. Dr. O’Halloran Cardinal holds a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Arizona where her research focused on tissue engineered blood vessels and intravascular device evaluation. Kristen’s research lab at Cal Poly […]

“Minimizing Animal Models”: Fireside Chat with the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation

The Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation, based in Los Angeles, California, is a multi-disciplinary biomedical research establishment. Focusing on technologies such as microfluidics, organ-on-a-chip, and tissue engineering, researchers at the institute conduct cutting edge scientific research to develop superior, more physiologically relevant disease models and platforms for the testing of new human drugs. Often, their […]

Panel Discussion at ACTC Conference

Notes from The Field “Good science is not enough to persuade people to replace animal testing” – Round Table at Advances in Cell and Tissue Culture (ACTC) Conference, UK, October 2020. Jarrod Bailey, Ph.D. – Director of Science and Technology, Center for Contemporary Sciences The ACTC conference has taken place in the UK for each of the […]

MSU Researchers Developed the First Functioning Mini Human Heart Model

MSU researchers have developed the first functioning mini human heart model—a major step in human-relevant biology models Author: Mikalah Singer, JD, CCS Fellow Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) have grown the first functioning mini human heart model. As discussed in a recently published study, the model includes all the primary heart cell types, as […]

Center for Contemporary Sciences Launches

WASHINGTON,D.C. September 21, 2020 – A new organization in the biomedical field has launched with a mission to improve lives through education, funding and championing scientific innovation based on human biology. Center for Contemporary Sciences (CCS) is an independent 501(c)3 organization that is advancing human-specific research methods and testing to improve lives. The organization will serve […]

Welcome to Center for Contemporary Sciences

“Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.”                                                 – Ralph Waldo Emerson   Dear friends and supporters: As a neurologist and public health specialist, most recently as […]

New CCS Resources in the Works: Scientific Research Databases

The field of human-based research technologies is rapidly growing. Currently there is no one-stop source for the latest information on innovative human-specific technologies that can replace animal tests and be more effective for medical research needs. For those interested in learning about where the latest developments are occurring, they must dig through volumes of literature […]