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20 Oct 2014 - University of Twente scientists develop compact medical imaging device Scientists at the MIRA research institute, in collaboration with various companies, have developed a prototype of a handy device that combines echoscopy (ultrasound) with photoacoustics. Combining these two medical imaging technologies in a compact device is designed, among other things, to enable the amount of inflammation in rheumatic patients’ joints to be measured more simply and precisely. The researchers expect that the technology will eventually also be able to play a role in detecting the severity of burns, skin cancer and furring of the arteries. The prototype is presented in the scientific journal Optics Express.  17 Oct 2014 - "How much do we pay for expensive cancer medicines and personalized medicine?" On 13 November the UT will organize the third annual symposium "Personalized Medicine and Health Economics" in collaboration with international partners. The symposium will take place at the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Institute in Amsterdam on the theme of "paying for personalized medicine". The programme offers a wide variety of activities with speakers from various countries who will provide insights into the problems and opportunities created by the increasing availability of expensive cancer medicines. 17 Oct 2014 - Smallest hand force sensor in the world on its way It is the smallest hand force sensor of its kind in the world. This sensor can be used to measure motor functions in patients undergoing rehabilitation. It can also be used to measure the actual loads involved when performing physical labour. Alternatively, it can monitor the performance of athletes, such as javelin throwers or shot putters, to help them improve their technique. The prototype is complete and Robert Brookhuis, a PhD student at the University of Twente, is in talks with industry to bring the product to market. He will be awarded his PhD on 17 October.  9 Oct 2014 - Seven female UT scientists in VIVA400 You can now vote for one of the seven female scientists of the University of Twente who have been nominated for the VIVA400. This is an annual list of 400 successful and inspiring women put together by the magazine Viva. All women are divided into eight categories. In the 'Brainiacs' and 'Ecological' categories, the following seven female UT scientists have been nominated: Angele Reinders, Anne Leferink, Heidi Witteveen, Kitty Nijmeijer, Marieke Martens, Renske van Wijk and Sophie van Baalen. 7 Oct 2014 - Almost nine hundred thousand for UT research into a medicine to combat Alzheimer's Scientists of the UT's MIRA research institute have been awarded a subsidy amounting to almost 900,000 euro for research into a medicine to combat Alzheimer's. As part of a large research consortium, they will be working on a new cocktail of medicines and a way of getting the medicine to the right location in the brain. ZonMw is subsidizing the research which is part of the Dementia Delta Plan.  24 Sep 2014 - UT research into helmet therapy: a review Throughout the world, many thousands of babies wear a helmet 23 hours a day for six months. At the beginning of May, Renske van Wijk, of the University of Twente's IGS Research Institute, published an article in which she demonstrated that helmet therapy is ineffective on babies with moderate to severe plagiocephaly (skull flattening). The research was broadly discussed in the media and Van Wijk received responses from all over the world. Almost six months later, on the eve of the day on which she will defend her thesis, Van Wijk looks back on the debate provoked by her research.  9 Sep 2014 - UT breakthrough: stable cartilage for joint healing Researchers of the UT's MIRA Research Institute have managed to grow stable cartilage from stem cells in a laboratory. This cartilage remains cartilage when transplanted into the body. So far, the cartilage derived from stem cells, was converted into bone tissue soon after transplantation. The trick is to grow the cells at a low oxygen concentration. This fundamental research, which is published by the leading scientific journal PNAS, brings us one step closer to the treatment of cartilage diseases such as arthrosis.  1 Sep 2014 - Sophie van Baalen wins TGS Award 2014 The TGS Research Honours PhD Award for Twente Doctoral Top Talent 2014 has been awarded to Sophie van Baalen, master's student Philosophy of Science, Technology and Society (CTIT). She accepted the Award on Monday 1 September during the Opening of the Academic Year of the University of Twente. The prize awarded to Van Baalen consists of a cheque of 2,500 euros, which she may spend on an educational programme or exchange during her doctoral research. She explains what she's doing in this video (dutch).