Medical Physiology

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The mission of the Medical Physiology research domain is to improve diagnostics, therapy, prevention and management of cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological diseases with translational research at the interface of science, engineering and medicine. 

Our research groups consist of multi-disciplinary teams of technical and biomedical engineers, physicists, clinicians and biologists. There is close collaboration with several teaching hospitals, academic medical centres, homecare organizations and companies, both in the Netherlands and abroad. Many of our researchers also work in hospitals as (technical) physicians in various fields, like neurology and cardiology. Students of our programs in Biomedical Engineering and Technical Medicine are also involved in these groups. 

Complex interaction

Our common theme is the systematic approach to physiology. The interaction of the control systems in the human body is complex. We aim to further our understanding of normal and pathological function by biophysical and computational modeling, simulation and advanced measurements. This allows us to develop technological solutions which improve healthcare and, ultimately, the daily life of patients. 

The following research groups of the University of Twente are involved in the TechMed domain Medical Physiology:


Central motor control

We investigate how human neural circuitry controls posture and voluntary movements and how we can develop optimal therapeutic methods for movement disorder patients. We develop and optimize therapeutic methods for patient-specific motor improvement and observe the influence of these therapeutic methods on motor control and the impact on daily life activities.

Research helps predict outcome and consequence of coma and cardiac arrest

Research in the Clinical Neurophysiology group is at the interface of neuroscience, neurophysiology and clinical neurology, focusing on cerebral ischemia and epilepsy. In addition to improving our understanding of pathophysiology, we aim to develop novel diagnostic tools and treatments. 

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PROMPT measures brain signals on the move

In the PROMPT-project, The University of Twente, together with the Radboud University and three companies, will develop a mobile measuring system for EEG signals and blood flow in the brain. This system can develop a personal strategy to help patients cope with Parkinson's disease, Multiple Sclerosis or Huntington.

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Diameter: An app for diabetics

Diabetes patients need to keep their blood sugar levels low and stable. They also have to follow a low-sugar diet and get enough exercise. ‘Diameter’, a smart, app-based system developed by the UT and ZGT Hospital Group Twente (Ziekenhuisgroep Twente), helps them with these tasks.

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Laser shoes support Parkinson patients

Laser shoes that project a line on the floor to the rhythm of the footsteps help trigger Parkinson patients to walk. The shoes benefit the wearer significantly, according to research by the University of Twente and Radboud university medical center.

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Coordinator M.J.A.M. van Putten (Michel)
Full Professor P.H. Veltink (Peter)
Full Professor

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