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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. 18 Mar 2016 - Launch eHealth MOOC The free massive open online course (MOOC) eHealth of the University of Twente brings the worlds of technology, psychology and health care together. Over the course of six weeks, participants of the MOOC will learn more about the possibilities of eHealth: what is it? What are the success factors and challenges? How can you develop eHealth technologies that match what people actually want? The online course starts on 23 May, and registration is open.  16 Mar 2016 - Stamatialis appointed chairman of the working group on bioartificial organs at ESAO University of Twente Professor Dimitrios Stamatialis was appointed chairman of the working group ‘bioartificial organs’, of the European Society of Artificial organs (ESAO). Goal of the working group is to stimulate research by connecting researchers and by organizing collaborative work and joint scientific activities.   9 Mar 2016 - UT, MST and ZGT sign Pioneers in Health Care agreement In 2014, Medical Spectrum Twente (MST), the Twente Hospital Group (ZGT) and the University of Twente (UT) became partners in the ‘Pioneers in Health Care Innovation Fund’. The aim of the fund is to encourage collaboration between MST and ZGT medical specialists and researchers from UT’s MIRA research institute. The fund has proven to be successful and for this reason, the directors of the three institutes signed the Pioneers in Health Care agreement that sets out plans for the long term.