On March 2, the whole BIRDIE consortium convened in Nantes to discuss the progress made so far in the project and to plan the coming stage to achieve our goals of creating physiologically relevant in vitro kidney models.
The meeting was also a great time for all the people in the consortium to get together to share insights and experiences and to create a stronger community to promote science and innovation throughout Europe.
The two days were filled with great collaborative brainstorming and exciting discussions covering a wide range of topics, such as viral infection studies, kidney gene expression patterns, stem cell and organoid differentiation, biomaterial design, and new technology development in bioprinting and kidney chip technology.
Through our discussions during the meeting and through all the research and development work done so far, we can create a strong foundation for building an in vitro system that can provide physiologically relevant information and capture the real-life complexity of the kidney function.
The coordinator and participants thank the team of Nantes Université for the great environment, the opportunity to learn about the regional history and the great French cuisine.