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23 Jun 2016 - Brain-on-a-chip in 3D To study brain cell’s operation and test the effect of medication on individual cells, the conventional Petri dish with flat electrodes is not sufficient. For truly realistic studies, cells have to flourish within three-dimensional surroundings. Bart Schurink, researcher at University of Twente’s MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, has developed a sieve with 900 openings, each of which has the shape of an inverted pyramid. On top of this array of pyramids, a micro-reactor takes care of cell growth. Schurink defends his PhD thesis June 23. 14 Jun 2016 - UT congratulates MST on the opening of its new hospital Today, the new MST Hospital officially opened its doors. The University of Twente congratulates the MST on the completion of its new building. At the official opening ceremony, Victor van der Chijs, the president of UT’s Executive Board, presented the MST with a voucher worth €10,000 that can be used for training in the ECTM, the high-tech medical simulation centre on the University of Twente campus. Van der Chijs: ‘The University of Twente and the MST have been working closely for a long time. We are working together on improvements in patient care. The University of Twente warmly congratulates the MST’s management and staff on this wonderful new location.’  20 May 2016 - Four 'Vidi' grants for UT scientists Four UT scientists receive a ‘Vidi’ grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO): Wiebe de Vis, Sarthak Misra, Richard Stevens and Ivo Vellekoop. The 800,000 euro grant will enable them to start an innovative line of research and form a research group of their own. 19 May 2016 - TechMed Proeftuin: Twente University’s unique testing environment for medtech startups Last February, the University of Twente (UT) in Enschede launched its test environment ‘TechMed Proeftuin’ – the latest addition to a growing offering of facilities that stimulate medical innovation. The first teams are now testing their products in a simulated environment.  26 Apr 2016 - New light shed on causes of movement disorders Parkinson’s disease A possible cause has been found for the disrupted communication between brain cells exhibited by Parkinson's patients. Bettina Schwab, a researcher at the University of Twente, discovered that this group of patients have increased concentrations of a certain type of protein. Ms Schwab defended her doctoral dissertation on Friday 22 April. 11 Apr 2016 - Ten years of the ECTM in ten figures This week, the Experimental Centre for Technical Medicine (ECTM) on the University of Twente campus celebrates its tenth anniversary. The ECTM is one of the most innovative medical simulation centres in the world and enables students and medical professionals to practise skills such as surgery and administering emergency medical treatment, with an emphasis on understanding how modern technology works. During its ten-year history, the centre has trained 1,600 students and 950 medical professionals, its floor area has increased almost by tenfold and there have been 13,600 simulated heart attacks (as well as one genuine heart attack). We now present ten years of ECTM in the form of ten interesting statistics.  6 Apr 2016 - Same-day doctorates for married couple at University of Twente They say the couple that plays together stays together, but what about the couple that works together? Hoon Suk Rho and Yoonsun Yang are not only happily married but also teamed up to carry out research at the University of Twente. This week they defend the dissertations that they hope will bring them their coveted doctorates. Theirs is an interdisciplinary marriage that spans two UT research institutes – MIRA and MESA + – and that is geared towards producing relevant technology.  23 Mar 2016 - Cooperation for Robird wins important award The University of Twente and spin-off company Clear Flight Solutions together won an award at the 3-day European Robotics Forum 2016 held in Ljubljana, Slovenia. At this, Europe’s most important, robotics event, the Twente team was awarded the TechTransfer prize for their Robird. This is an important recognition of the unique collaboration between the University of Twente and the spin-off company.