One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain sustainable optimal health for the ecosystem*. It is a cultural and behavioral concept with socioeconomic elements and impact.
*a biological community of living organisms (humans, animals, plants, and microbes) and their physical environment interacting as a system
Originally published September 23, 2015 by the Texas A&M Dwight Look College of Engineering.
Dr. Arum Han, associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, received a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop brain-on-a-chip for drug development against neurological disorders.
Organs-on-chips are microfluidic cellular systems that can accurately mimic the functions and responses of physiological systems of animals and humans. These miniature tissues and organs, also called microphysiological systems, are expected to hae a huge impact in broad ranges of applications as they can overcome the limitations of currently used biological assays and animal models. Having the capability to better predict human physiological responses without having to use animal or human models can lead to better understanding of disease mechanisms and accelerate drug development and toxicity screening.
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