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15 Jan 2016 - Rianne de Vries wins Prof.Dr. G.P. Vooijs Award Rianne de Vries has won the fourth annual Prof.Dr. G.P. Vooijs Award. This award goes to the most clinically relevant research project in the Technical Medicine programme at the University of Twente. Rianne received the award at the conference of the Dutch Society for Technical Medicine. The award includes a cash prize of 1,000 euros. 11 Jan 2016 - European summit on robotics at UT campus What are the main opportunities and strengths of European robotic research? What do road maps look like, around themes like health care, manufacturing industry and security? From 12 to 15 January, about 100 leaders from science and industry come to University of Twente’s campus to discuss public-private partnerships in robotics. At the end of the week, there will be the kick-off of an innovative project, led by UT, about robots that will improve biopsy for cancer diagnostics. 21 Dec 2015 - Reduction of contrast medium volume and radiation dose in CTA scans Wouter Nijhof obtained his PhD at the University of Twente for the research he conducted in collaboration with the Radiology department at the Jeroen Bosch Hospital in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The results of his PhD thesis can almost directly be applied in nearly every hospital. Dr Nijhof showed that a CTA scan (a scan of the arteries) can be performed with a contrast medium volume reduction of up to 75% and up to 50% reduction in radiation dose. CT scans using contrast medium are the third most common cause of acute renal failure and renal insufficiency as a result of hospital treatments. The health benefits that Nijhof’s research can bring are therefore enormous. 
10 Dec 2015 - Breast-conserving Therapy Yielded Better Outcomes Than Mastectomy For Early-stage Patient Among patients with early-stage breast cancer, those who received breast- conserving surgery plus radiation therapy had improved overall survival after 10 years compared with those who received mastectomy without radiation therapy, according to data presented at the 2015 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, held Dec. 8–12.  9 Dec 2015 - University of Twente gains two prestigious ERC Starting Grants Ivo Vellekoop and Álvaro Marín have each been awarded an ERC Starting Grant worth one and a half million euros. This prestigious European Union personal research grant helps talented young scientists establish their own line of research. Dr Vellekoop, of the university’s MIRA research institute, will be using his grant to fund research into a new generation of microscopes capable of imaging structures located much deeper inside biological tissue than is currently possible. Dr Marín, who is currently working at the Universität der Bundeswehr in Munich, will be returning to the University of Twente, where he will use his grant to fund research into a completely new method of detecting diseases at an early stage.   7 Dec 2015 - EDEN2020 - Research into advanced needles for robotic brain surgery Prof. Sarthak Misra of the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) and the University of Twente has been awarded a European grant of €713,000. He will use the funds on a four-year research project into the development of flexible needles fitted with sensors for use in robotic neurosurgery. Misra’s research is part of the European EDEN2020 project in which he and researchers from seven other European universities have joined forces.  2 Dec 2015 - University of Twente again voted most entrepreneurial university in the Netherlands On Wednesday 2 December, the University of Twente was voted the top Dutch university in the area of commercial knowledge transfer: recognizing the university’s ability to create economic and social value from scientific knowledge. 27 Nov 2015 - ‘Pioneers in Health Care Innovation vouchers’ awarded Medical Spectrum Twente (MST), the Twente Hospital Group (ZGT) and the University of Twente (UT) are partners in the ‘Pioneers in Health Care Innovation Fund’, which has now entered its second year. The health insurer Menzis is a new partner in the fund. The aim of the fund is to encourage collaboration between MST and ZGT medical specialists and researchers from UT’s MIRA research institute. These collaborative efforts are intended to result in new insights and technology that will serve to improve the effectiveness of patient care.