Current Recipients

The International Foundation for Ethical Research (IFER) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019-20 IFER Graduate Fellowships for Alternatives to the Use of Animals in Science. For more details on the research projects, click on the links below.

Xingrui Mou

Xingrui Mou
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Sponsor: Dr. Samira Musah


"Engineered in vitro model of the human kidney for blood filtration and disease modeling"
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Orla Dunne

Orla Dunne
The Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland
Sponsor: Dr. Fionnuala Lundy and Dr. Anna-Claire Devlin


"Further characterization of an in vitro human sensory neuronal model derived from dental pulp stem cells for the study of neuronal responses in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)"
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Prashant Hariharan

Prashant Hariharan
Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan
Sponsor: Dr. Carolyn Harris and Dr. Bonnie Blazer-Yost


"Engineering human choroid plexus-on-a-chip as a non-animal model to advance the understanding of how hydrocephalus alters normal CSF secretion"
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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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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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