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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. 8 Mar 2016 - University of Twente partners up with top French institutes, IRCAD and IHU The University of Twente and the two leading French institutes, IRCAD and IHU, will cooperate in the fields of education and research. The signing of the new partnership agreement was celebrated at a kick-off meeting today. Leading figures from all the institutions involved in the partnership were present at the meeting.  8 Mar 2016 - Combating cardiovascular diseases on a chip Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide. Organ-on-a-chip technology is a promising breakthrough in the quest to find out more about these diseases and in testing new drugs to fight them. Prof. Christine Mummery and Prof. Robert Passier, both of whom combine their work at Leiden University Medical Centre with recent appointments at the University of Twente, are dedicated to improving patient care using organs-on-a-chip. This is an interdisciplinary field par excellence: cooperation is essential. On 10 March, the two professors will deliver their inaugural address at the University of Twente.  19 Feb 2016 - Leen van Wijngaarden Prize 2015 for Prof. Dr. Jacco Snoeijer. On 17 February 2016 Prof. Dr. Jacco Snoeijer (Physics of Fluids group UT & TU/e) was presented with the Leen van Wijngaarden Prize for his excellent work on the dynamics of wetting and moving contact lines. 15 Feb 2016 - Test bench for medical tech startups The new ‘TechMed’ test bench of the University of Twente enables high tech companies in the health sector to test their products or services in a simulated and realistic environment. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) supports the new initiative. 2 Feb 2016 - €93k grant for University of Twente spin-off LipoCoat LipoCoat, a new University of Twente spin-off company, will receive a grant worth €93,000 from NanoNextNL. The company has developed and patented an extremely thin coating that prevents contaminants from sticking to the surface of medical devices such as contact lenses and catheters. Its initial focus is a coating for contacts to prevent irritated eyes. LipoCoat plans to use the NanoNextNL ‘Valorisation Grant’ to further develop a prototype and to prepare a wear study among contact lens users.