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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.


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. 9 Oct 2014 - Seven female UT scientists in VIVA400 You can now vote for one of the seven female scientists of the University of Twente who have been nominated for the VIVA400. This is an annual list of 400 successful and inspiring women put together by the magazine Viva. All women are divided into eight categories. In the 'Brainiacs' and 'Ecological' categories, the following seven female UT scientists have been nominated: Angele Reinders, Anne Leferink, Heidi Witteveen, Kitty Nijmeijer, Marieke Martens, Renske van Wijk and Sophie van Baalen. 7 Oct 2014 - Almost nine hundred thousand for UT research into a medicine to combat Alzheimer's Scientists of the UT's MIRA research institute have been awarded a subsidy amounting to almost 900,000 euro for research into a medicine to combat Alzheimer's. As part of a large research consortium, they will be working on a new cocktail of medicines and a way of getting the medicine to the right location in the brain. ZonMw is subsidizing the research which is part of the Dementia Delta Plan.  24 Sep 2014 - UT research into helmet therapy: a review Throughout the world, many thousands of babies wear a helmet 23 hours a day for six months. At the beginning of May, Renske van Wijk, of the University of Twente's IGS Research Institute, published an article in which she demonstrated that helmet therapy is ineffective on babies with moderate to severe plagiocephaly (skull flattening). The research was broadly discussed in the media and Van Wijk received responses from all over the world. Almost six months later, on the eve of the day on which she will defend her thesis, Van Wijk looks back on the debate provoked by her research.