Use of the Animal Model in biomedical research brings together specialists from different universities

Use of the Animal Model in biomedical research brings together specialists from different universities
Use of the Animal Model in biomedical research brings together specialists from different universities

By Priscilla Torres R.

“Use of the Animal Model in Biomedical Research” was the name of the seminar that featured four speakers from different universities: Dr. Alejandro Villagra – Georgetown University USA, Dr. Ariel Ávila – UCSC, Dr. Roxana Pincheira – Universidad de Concepción and Dr. Carlos Farkas – UCSC.

The conference was organized by the professor of the Faculty of Medicine and Researcher of the Laboratory of Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Matías Hepp, within the framework of his Fondecyt project. «This seminar is almost the end of an initiation Fondecyt project that I have here at the University and it ends on October 31 of this year. So, the idea of ​​this is to define collaborations to establish them and generate support networks for students, ”explained Dr. Hepp.

In this context, the seminar was held with the aim of providing scientific information to the community, mainly undergraduate and graduate students, in addition to achieving interaction between researchers from various areas to provide a much broader vision of what the use of of animal model under investigation. «This theme can favor, first, postgraduate students, because I know that many work with animals, but they have never taken specialization courses. Here we are giving you a much broader view of what you could do with animal use or avoid animal use. In the case of undergraduate, it is to deliver that spark that some students need to be interested in developing a postgraduate degree in research”, commented the teacher.

At the conference, Dr. Alejandro Villagra, a specialist in Tumor Immunology and Epigenetics, addressed the topic: “Impact of the use of animals in biomedical research: justification, advantages and regulations.” In addition, he presented his latest research, in which he is currently working on immunotherapy for cancer. “I know that here at UCSC there is no access to this type of animal studies, however, they are looking at the possibilities of focusing in the future. In this way, it becomes important to deliver this type of knowledge to students so that they can decide if it is something necessary or not for their professional training. In the event that it is not possible to have access at this University, it is important to have contact with other laboratories that do and not miss the opportunity to advance”, said the speaker.

For her part, Dr. Roxana Pincheira, a specialist in the area of ​​signal transduction, gene expression and cancer biology, presented the topic: “Determining gene function in cancer, from cells to the organism.” The professional’s presentation focused on the use of mice in cancer and the possibility of replacing the use of animals in research, through primary cell lines or those established from patients to study gene function. «I believe, without a doubt, that it is important for students to have knowledge regarding alternative models, methodologies for the study of diseases associated with the nervous system or pathologies such as cancer, diabetes, etc. It is also important that they understand that one tries to avoid the use of animals, in fact, because there is respect for that living being, but sometimes there are no options,” explained Dr. Roxana Pincheira.

Likewise, Dr. Ariel Ávila, a specialist in biomedical sciences and developmental neurobiology, presented the theme: Neuroscience with the aim of delivering scientific information to the community, mainly to undergraduate and graduate students, experimental science, while Dr. Carlos Farkas, specialist in genetics and genomics addressed the topic: Modeling AML in murine models: where we are and where we are going. In his presentation, the professional presented the current state of leukemia models and the Single-sell RNA-seq technique, a technology that allows the dissection of gene expression at the resolution of a single cell.

The conference took place in the auditorium of the San Agustín Building of the San Andrés Campus of the UCSC and was attended by academics, undergraduate and postgraduate students, who were able to resolve doubts about what was exposed.

The article is in Spanish

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