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11 Mar 2014 - Health care in the future Once every three seconds, somewhere in the world, someone suffers what's commonly referred to as a stroke: a haemorrhage or infarction of the brain. Circa 75% of the people who survive a stroke are left with temporary or permanent motor limitations in the arm or hand. Ard Westerveld, doctoral candidate at the University of Twente, has developed a (prototype) system that will allow patients to convalesce at home in the future, without the need for a therapist. Westerveld will obtain his doctoral degree next 13 March. He is affiliated with the University of Twente's MIRA research institute. 3 Mar 2014 - The WISE Awards 2014 Innovative Education Practice Awards recognizing project for their transformative impact upon education and societies. 2 Mar 2014 - Longer, better and smaller: a new generation of dialysis devices Kidney dialysis is a heavy treatment to undergo and has many side effects. Scientist Prof Dimitrios Stamatialis is starting a new research project into the development of new dialysis membranes for longer and better blood detoxification. The project belongs to The Life Science and Health (LSH) Impuls program and is performed in collaboration between industry, the Dutch Kidney Foundation, Maastricht University and the Maastricht University Medical Center (UMC+). Prof Stamatialis is affiliated with the MIRA research institute of the University of Twente. 20 Feb 2014 - Tiny islands set sperm spinning A platform for simultaneously screening thousands of sperm cells could lead to more efficient identification of high performing sperm for fertility treatments. Assisted reproductive technologies have revolutionised the fertility world, however, sperm must be carefully picked on the basis of specific characteristics, including motility, to increase the chance of a successful pregnancy. However, more than half of the sperm selected for intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) using current procedures are damaged.

Discussions with fertility experts who kept finding the same issues with sperm quality inspired Loes Segerink and her team to search for a solution.
20 Feb 2014 - Creating synergy during PET MRI Event Today the second PET-MRI Event will take place. CMI Innovation Cluster had to relocate the event by the great enthousiasm of participants for this meeting. The location is now arranged in the Grolsch Veste -Twente Kwartier - Enschede. Over 80 participants will join the event.   17 Feb 2014 - Three UT master's programmes awarded 'top-class' Three master's programmes of the University of Twente have been certified to sport the quality seal 'Top-class programme' for a year. In the Keuzegids Masters 2014 (University Master's Selection Guide), published on Monday, 17 February 2014, the Mechanical Engineering, Nanotechnology and Technical Medicine programmes scored best. 7 Feb 2014 - UT develops ultramodern forearm prosthesis Researchers of the University of Twente (UT) and Roessingh Research and Development (RRD) have developed a system which can significantly improve the functionality of forearm prostheses. Using the activity still present in their remaining arm muscles (myoelectric control), patients are able to have a more natural control of the prosthesis. Actuators also provide the user with information about movement and the amount of force applied. This Myopro project has led to an ultramodern forearm prosthesis prototype and should increase user acceptance.
29 Jan 2014 - UT spin-off participates in prestigious European stem cell research The UT spin-off company Materiomics has been granted a European subsidy of 540,000 euros for stem cell research. The company has been asked to participate in the prestigious HumEn project, which will be looking for a stem cell-based diabetes treatment. Within this project, Materiomics will be looking for the best way to grow stem cells inside a laboratory and to have them grow into the desired cell type.