The participating research groups are closely connected to MIRA, the Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine.
At MIRA, research is grouped into three strategic research orientations (SROs): Tissue Engineering, Neural & Motor Systems and Imaging & Diagnostics. All three have their own full chairs that safeguard the fundamental scientific value of the research. Furthermore, each SRO holds two clinical chairs. These chairs facilitate the cooperation with medical specialists, aiming to develop applicable technological products.
What distinguishes MIRA from other research institutes in Europe are the entrepreneurial chairs. Each SRO has its own entrepreneurial chair. Since economic and time factors are crucial for the incorporation of new clinical methods into society, MIRA’s organizational set-up will be an effective aid to develop new technology for patients by starting your own enterprise.
Biomaterials Science and Technology: The Biomaterials Science and Technology group (BST) focuses on polymer synthesis, structure-properties relationships in polymeric materials and their application in medicine.
Biomedical Chemistry: The Biomedical Chemistry research group (BMC) focuses on creating composite molecules for a variety of applications.
Tissue Regeneration: At the Department of Tissue Regeneration, novel and challenging technologies in the field of regenerative medicine are being developed for tissue repair, and this technology is being implemented in day-to-day patient care.
Biomechanical Engineering: The Biomechanical Engineering group (generally known by its Dutch abbreviation, BW) carries out research concerning the treatment of impaired interaction between nerves and skeletal muscles.
Biomedical Signals and Systems: The research carried out by the Biomedical Signals & Systems (BSS) group is aimed at supporting the central nervous system in conditions like Parkinson’s disease or strokes.
Clinical Neurophysiology: The research in the Clinical Neurophysiology (CNPH) group is performed at the interface of neuroscience and neurophysiology. We focus on central nervous system disorders, aiming to develop improved diagnostics and guide novel treatments for clinical neurology.
Biomedical Photonic Imaging: The Biomedical Photonic Imaging (BMPI) research group studies the interaction between light and biological material. It uses the insights gained in the search for non-invasive diagnostic methods.
Medical Cell Biophysics: The research conducted by the Medical Cell Biophysics (MCBP) group is aimed at gaining a better understanding of the properties of diseased cells. This serves as a basis for the development of technologies to optimize the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses.
Nanobiophysics: One of the research areas of Nanobiophysics (NBP) is the development and application of nanotechniques that allow the controlled manipulation of cells and structures within them.
Signals and Systems: The Signals and Systems (SaS) group studies the processing of images and the recognition of patterns in them. The results show great promise for use in medical applications.
BIOS Lab-on-a-chip1: The BIOS Lab-on-a-Chip chair (“Miniaturized systems for biomedical and environmental applications”) aims at the research and development of Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) systems.
Membrane Technology Group1: The Membrane Technology Group focuses on the multi-disciplinary topic of membrane science and technology to control mass transfer through interfaces.
Telemedicine: The Telemedicine Group researches the design, prototyping, validation and testing of m-health systems and researches the underlying architectures, models, techniques and implementation mechanisms.
1: These research groups are part of MESA+, Institute for Nanotechnology. MESA+ is one of the largest nanotechnology research institutes in the world, delivering competitive and successful high quality research.
The Twente Graduate School at the University of Twente offers a growing variety of integrated Master's and PhD programmes for outstanding graduate students who aim at a career in scientific research. The programmes are set up in cooperation between faculties and research institutes. The Biomedical Engineering graduate programme will start in September 2013.