CCS 2022 Policy Forum

On June 23, 2022, the Center for Contemporary Sciences (CCS) hosted its inaugural Policy Forum. The event was an opportunity to analyze the policy framework underlying the most transformative scientific innovations of the decade. Emphasis was placed on new inventions enabled by advances in regenerative medicine, biomedical engineering, machine learning, and nanotechnology. This included applications […]

CCS to host first Investor Summit

On March 24, 2022, the Center for Contemporary Sciences (CCS) is pleased to host its first Investor Summit 2022. This one-of-a-kind business development event, held in partnership with Beyond Animal, is open to the public and brings together an international group of innovators, investors, researchers, start-ups, and venture philanthropists. The three-hour-event is designed to promote […]

It’s Time to Modernize Medical Science

Stacked away in my basement is an old 8-track cassette player that I used as a kid in the late 1970’s. I keep it to remind me how far science can advance if there is the will to do so. The 8-tracks first hit the market in the mid-1960’s and were considered state of the […]

A Student’s Perspective on Human-Relevant Testing Models

Debating animal research was never a particularly central topic throughout my short life so far as a university student. There are the occasional animal activist campaigns about how companies need to stop using them to test cosmetics or drugs, and how ‘Mouse Lives Matter Too!’ I remember the flyers being passed around in the lecture theatres, the posters dotted around […]

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 […]

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 […]