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17 Dec 2014 - UT, MST and ZGT establish 'Pioneers in Health Care Innovation Fund' Medisch Spectrum Twente, ZGT (Ziekenhuisgroep Twente) and the University of Twente launch a joint innovation fund: the 'Pioneers in Health Care Innovation Fund'. The aim of the fund is to encourage collaboration between medical specialists from MST and ZGT and researchers from the UT MIRA research institute. The collaboration should lead to new insights and technology that improves patient care. For the first year, the three parties jointly propose an amount of 400,000 euros to be spent on eight innovative projects at the interface of medicine and technology. 17 Dec 2014 - Undercover nanoparticles fool the immune system Nanoparticles are suitable carriers for the 'tailored' administration of medicine, near to a tumour for example. But if the immune system takes up arms against these foreign invaders, there is a threat that this effect will be lost. However, by equipping the nanoparticles with proteins from the blood that is known to the immune system, the particles are nevertheless able to administer their medicines. In this way you use the body's specific immune response to smuggle nanoparticles inside the body like a 'Trojan horse'. This is stated by PhD candidate at the University of Twente, Kirsten Pondman of the MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine and the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. 17 Dec 2014 - Nanoporous materials for blood purification Nano structured polymers are high tech materials with many promising applications. Within a new EU Marie-Skłodowska-Curie programme, scientists of UT’s MIRA Institute will cooperate with partners in industry and science across Europe, to speed up the development of these materials. The UT research will focus on developing nanoporous materials for blood treatment. 17 Dec 2014 - 14 December 2014 - Prime minister walks in rehabilitation robot LOPESII During an unofficial visit to Roessingh rehabilitation center  Mark Rutte took the opportunity to walk in the rehabilitation robot LOPESII. This robot has been developed by the department of biomechanical engineering, the companies Moog & Demcon and in close collaboration with the Roessingh. The prime minister really enjoyed walking in the device. Mark Rutte also tested and experienced other technological innovatie products and stated that he liked to see that innovations led to actual products that were used in the clinic.  11 Dec 2014 - MIRA Vouchers In the summer of 2014, MIRA offered vouchers to support excellent staff members to further increase their research performance. Tenure trackers, and assistant, associate and full professors submitted 21 proposals. A committee consisting of the 3 research theme leaders has evaluated all proposals for the MIRA vouchers, and the MIRA management team made the final decision. 9 Dec 2014 - BIOART Summer School Dear colleagues,
I would like to invite you to the BIOART Summer School on “Biomedical membranes and (bio)artificial organs” which will be held in the period of 8-12 June 2015 at the University of Twente. The school is organised in the framework of the Marie Curie Training network “BIOART” and mainly targets PhD students and other (young) researchers working in the field.
2 Dec 2014 - € 1.5 million ERC Starting Grant for Sarthak Misra Sarthak Misra of the University of Twente MIRA Research Institute has been awarded the prestigious individual ERC Starting Grant worth 1.5 million euros. This grant will be used for the ROBOTAR research project. ROBOTAR aims to develop systems for the targeted delivery of magnetic agents. These agents would be robotically steered into the human body with extreme precision using flexible needles. The agents would be controlled by using an external magnetic field. The agents could be coated with drugs or bio-sensors. 28 Nov 2014 - Professor De Winter Award for Séverine Le Gac and Marieke Huisman Today, during the celebration of the Dies Natalis of the University of Twente, the Professor De Winter Award was presented to Dr Séverine Le Gac, MSc and Professor Marieke Huisman, MSc. It is the first time in the history of this publication award for female top talent that the award is presented to two researchers. Le Gac is connected to the UT research institutes MESA+ and MIRA; Huisman's research is part of the CTIT.