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6 May 2014 - Unique walking robot moves into rehabilitation clinic The LOPES II rehabilitation robot has been taken into use by the Roessingh rehabilitation centre in Enschede and the Sint Maartenskliniek in Nijmegen. In the coming weeks, the first patients in the Netherlands with, for example, a CVA or spinal cord injury, will practice with this unique rehabilitation robot in order to learn to walk better again. The novelty of the LOPES II is that the robot only supports the patient when needed during the walking practice. LOPES II was developed by a consortium consisting of the University of Twente and the mechatronic companies Moog and Demcon. Roessingh and Sint Maartenskliniek provided clinical input for the development process.
2 May 2014 - Helmet therapy for infants not effective Researchers of the University of Twente discourage helmet therapy for healthy babies suffering from moderate to severe positional skull deformation (‘flat head syndrome’). The therapy was found to be ineffective and expensive, and also caused several side effects. Helmet therapy is frequently prescribed in The Netherlands and was even covered by basic health insurance until recently. However, there has not been any studies providing information about the effectiveness of helmet therapy compared to the natural skull growth. The results of the new research are published today in the leading British Medical Journal.  24 Apr 2014 - Novel contrast agent for medical imaging Researchers from the MESA+ and MIRA research institutes of the University of Twente have developed a technology for the generation of imploding microbubbles (cavitation) with precise control, both in place and in time, as well as for the understanding of the physical mechanisms underlying the vaporization process. Upon heating with a laser the polymeric microcapsules are activated and release the oil core. Furthermore, the microcapsules can also be used as a novel contrast agent for photoacoustics, a diagnostic imaging modality where a laser beam is sent through tissue and the sound produced by absorbing particles is picked up for the quantification of increased blood flow or the localization of tumors. This work has been published in the prominent scientific magazine Nature Communications. 22 Apr 2014 - New breast cancer imaging method promising The new PAMmography method for imaging breast cancer developed by the University of Twente's MIRA research institute and the Medisch Spectrum Twente hospital appears to be a promising new method that could improve on existing imaging technology like X-ray mammography and MRI. Such is the conclusion reached by Michelle Heijblom after well over four years of doctoral research on this method, research that will see her obtain her doctoral degree on 23 April. For her doctoral research, Heijblom conducted clinical studies of patients with suspect abnormalities.   7 Apr 2014 - Michel Versluis and his research on microscopic small bubbles on National TV On Sunday 6 April Michel Versluis was interviewed on national TV by astronaut and scientist André Kuipers for the recently launched science programme ‘De Kennis van Nu’. Versluis explains how ultrasound causes microscopic small bubbles to implode and clarifies possible medical applications of the force being released by this implosion. 7 Apr 2014 - MIRA's Aart van Apeldoorn presents research to the King On 2 April His Majesty the King of the Netherlands has performed the opening ceremony of innovation center the Gallery. After the opening MIRA’s researcher Aart van Apeldoorn had the opportunity to present his research to the King, at an interactive exhibit .Aart and his colleagues at MIRA’s Developmental Bioengineering research group are working on an advanced alternative for the current treatment of type 1 diabetes. 7 Apr 2014 - Zilverling colloquium and drinks: 8 April, 15:45 hrs We are happy to announce the 3rd Zilverling colloquium in which Christoph Brune will lecture on Mathematical imaging and 4D inverse problems in life sciences. All are invited to join. 20 Mar 2014 - Center for Medical Imaging will be located in Twente The Center for Medical Imaging will open in Twente at the beginning of next year. Five parties have signed a declaration of intent for this purpose. The Center is an intended collaboration between Medisch Spectrum Twente (MST), Ziekenhuisgroep Twente (ZGT), Radboudumc, the Academic Medical Centre Groningen and the University of Twente. Companies will also be participating in the initiative. This interdisciplinary collaboration in the field of nuclear medicine and radiology between the University of Twente, the medical institutes and the business sector is unique. The aim is to open CMI Twente housed within the Medisch Spectrum Twente hospital in Enschede by 1 January 2015.