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27 Jan 2015 - Technical Medicine has become full-fledged discipline Last week, the two-hundredth Technical Medicine student graduated from the University of Twente. What started in 2003 with two words on paper – 'Technical' and 'Medicine' – has now developed, in 2015, to become a full-fledged discipline. The demand for trainees exceeds the supply, the medical community has passionately embraced the Technical Physicians and the professional perspectives of the graduates are more than good. Since 2014, the government has recognized the competencies of the profession, by means of its addition to the Healthcare Professionals Act ('wet BIG'), and graduates are authorized to independently treat patients. 22 Jan 2015 - Dutch engineers popular with US companies Many alumni of the three technical universities (Twente, Delft and Eindhoven) work in the United States. These universities recently began setting up joint local alumni chapters in places such as Boston, New York, Seattle, San Francisco and Houston. With over 3,000 members in the US, the network of these Dutch alumni is very impressive. For example, the worldwide network of Dutch alumni is larger than the alumni network of the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  9 Jan 2015 - Publication in Biophysical Journal This week, Biophysical Journal has published an article by dr.ir. Claas Willem Visser (postdoc at the research group Physics of Fluids) et al., on Quantifying Cell Adhesion through Impingement of a Controlled Microjet. In this work, the shear stress exerted by the jet on the impingement surface in the micrometer-domain has been both modelled and measured, and has subsequently been correlated to jet-induced cell detachment. For the article, click here. 18 Dec 2014 - UT successful in European ICT projects Six University of Twente proposals, totalling  over 2.5 million euros, have been approved in the latest round of Horizon 2020 research projects of the European Commission, in the field of ICT. For this, the University of Twente is collaborating with research institutes, government bodies and businesses throughout Europe. 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.