Current Recipients

The International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018-19 IFER Graduate Fellowships for Alternatives to the Use of Animals in Science. For more details on the research projects, click on the links below.

Sarah Stuart

Sarah Stuart
University of Melbourne, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Sponsor: Dr. Rod Luwor


"Using brain tumor organoids to evaluate efficacy of novel inhibitors"
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Aline Zbinden

Aline Zbinden
University of Tubingen, Germany
Sponsor: Dr. Katja Schenke-Layland


"Towards clinical studies on mature β-cell drug testing platform"
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Ilona Sunyovski

Ilona Sunyovski
National Heart and Lung Institute, London
Sponsors: Dr. Cesare Terracciano and Dr. Molly Stevens


"Vascularized three-dimensional constructs for CRISPR/dCas9-monitored cardiac maturation in vitro"
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Joost Brinks

Joost Brinks
Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands
Sponsor: Dr. C.J.F. Boon


"The role of corticosteroids in the pathogenesis of central serous chorioretinopathy"
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Nicholas Brookhouser

Nicholas Brookhouser
Arizona State University
Sponsor: Dr. David Brafman


"Engineering human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) as a means to replace animal models for investigating the contribution of the ApoE risk allele to onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease."
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Ali Keshavaz

Ali Keshavarz
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Sponsor: Dr. Fakhrul Ahsan


"A micropattern-engraved two-compartment tissue-chip as a non-animal model for studying right ventricular hypertrophy induced by pulmonary arterial hypertension"
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