18 May 2018 - BIG registration for technical physicians a step closer
Technical physicians will soon be permanently included in the BIG-register, the Dutch register for healthcare professionals. This means that these professionals will be authorized to perform medical procedures independently. That is the advice of an evaluation committee after a pilot during which technical physicians already received a temporary BIG registration. Based on the very positive outcome of the pilot, Bruno Bruins, the Minister of Medical Care and sports, intends to submit a bill paving the way for permanent registration, according to a letter to Parliament. Technical physicians are a new group of healthcare professionals that originated at the University of Twente.
17 May 2018 - Parkinson-related protein is 'tunable'
Fibrils of the protein α-synuclein, that plays a role in Parkinson’s disease, form a stiffer and stronger network in water when temperature is increased. Researchers of the University of Twente show that this has to do with the water-repellent part of the fibres coming to the surface and interacting. The mechanism could also play a role in the interaction with healthy cells. Researchers of the University of Twente publish about it in Physical Review Letters of May 17.
9 Apr 2018 - University of Twente researcher wins research grant with ‘crazy idea’
Researcher Verena Schwach of the University of Twente has won Young@Heart's crazy-idea grant. She will receive 50,000 euros for research into how to control the heartbeat of cultured heart tissue using ultrasound. This knowledge is highly relevant for the study of heart disease and research into new medicines.
5 Apr 2018 - Half a million for the development of imaging needles
Researchers from the University of Twente have been awarded half a million euros for the development of needles that can create local internal images by means of ‘photoacoustics’. These needles would potentially make it possible for surgeons to see whether they have removed every last piece of a tumour, for example. Or help doctors performing biopsies to check that they are taking tissue samples from the right place.
5 Mar 2018 - Robert Passier appointed ambassador of the Netherlands Heart Institute
Robert Passier, professor at the University of Twente (UT) and the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), has been appointed as an ambassador of the Netherlands Heart Institute (NL-HI). In this capacity Passier will forge links between technical universities and university medical centres in the field of biomedical technology and applications for cardiovascular disease. The aim is to make new technologies more widely applicable and more quickly accessible to patients.
27 Feb 2018 - With Health EU, everyone will have an avatar to manage their health
In the future, will people have virtual twins to help monitor their health? That is what Health EU is proposing. This major project, led by a consortium headed by EPFL, is in the running to be a European Union FET Flagship project. If successful, it will receive €1 billion in financing over ten years.
15 Feb 2018 - Male and female brain rhythms show differences
The electric brain signals, measured by using EEG, of males and females show differences. The difference can’t be detected by visual inspection, not even by the trained eye of a neurologist. A ‘deep learning’ computer is able to find it. Researchers of the University of Twente, the University of Zürich and Brainclinics research institute in Nijmegen, publish these results in Scientific Reports of 15 February.
12 Feb 2018 - ZonMw TOP Grant for heart cell differentiation
How do cells grow out to be heart cells? And how do these cells ripe to being fully functional heart cells? Researchers University of Twente and Radboud University hope to answer these questions. ZonMw awards the research of molecular regulation mechanisms from human heart cells a TOP grant of 675.000 euros.