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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. 12 Mar 2014 - Albert van den Berg becomes MIRA’s new Scientific Director Professor Albert van den Berg has been announced as the new Scientific Director of MIRA, the University of Twente’s Research Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine. 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.