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Technological science is the catalyst for innovation in healthcare. MIRA combines fundamental and applied research with clinical practice. This unique scientific path stimulates a successful application of fundamental concepts and enables healthcare to rapidly introduce new treatments. MIRA works closely with hospitals, the business community and governmental organizations, aiming to secure its leading position in Europe.

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28 Oct 2014 - Molecular imaging: from standard to customization Tailored therapy and improved cooperation between technical disciplines and medical personnel in the field of molecular imaging can improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients and improve and control the affordability of care. That, and much more, is argued by two new clinical professors - Prof. dr. Lioe-Fee de Geus-Oei and Prof. dr. Riemer Slart - during their double inaugural lecture at the University of Twente. The two strengthen the UT MIRA research institute and build a bridge to clinical practice. 23 Oct 2014 - University of Twente develops new chip for testing medicines UT doctoral degree candidate Verena Stimberg has developed a chip that can improve research into diseases, medicines and the possible toxicity of nanoparticles. The chip contains a man-made version of a cell membrane, on which you can examine diseases where ion channels in cell membranes play a role. With the chip you can test drugs against cystic fibrosis or conduct research into diseases such as Parkinson's, cancer, depression, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and diabetes. The chip means that fewer trials on animals and people will probably be required in the future. Stimberg conducted her research within the MIRA and MESA+ research institutes at the University of Twente. 20 Oct 2014 - University of Twente scientists develop compact medical imaging device Scientists at the MIRA research institute, in collaboration with various companies, have developed a prototype of a handy device that combines echoscopy (ultrasound) with photoacoustics. Combining these two medical imaging technologies in a compact device is designed, among other things, to enable the amount of inflammation in rheumatic patients’ joints to be measured more simply and precisely. The researchers expect that the technology will eventually also be able to play a role in detecting the severity of burns, skin cancer and furring of the arteries. The prototype is presented in the scientific journal Optics Express.  17 Oct 2014 - "How much do we pay for expensive cancer medicines and personalized medicine?" On 13 November the UT will organize the third annual symposium "Personalized Medicine and Health Economics" in collaboration with international partners. The symposium will take place at the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Institute in Amsterdam on the theme of "paying for personalized medicine". The programme offers a wide variety of activities with speakers from various countries who will provide insights into the problems and opportunities created by the increasing availability of expensive cancer medicines. 17 Oct 2014 - Smallest hand force sensor in the world on its way It is the smallest hand force sensor of its kind in the world. This sensor can be used to measure motor functions in patients undergoing rehabilitation. It can also be used to measure the actual loads involved when performing physical labour. Alternatively, it can monitor the performance of athletes, such as javelin throwers or shot putters, to help them improve their technique. The prototype is complete and Robert Brookhuis, a PhD student at the University of Twente, is in talks with industry to bring the product to market. He will be awarded his PhD on 17 October.