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12 Sep 2016 - Excellence Grant in Clinical Physiology and Exercise for Eline Mos-Oppersma During the yearly congress of the European Respiratory Society, held in London from 3-7 September, Eline Mos-Oppersma was awarded with an Excellence Grant in Clinical Physiology and Exercise. The award, a certificate and €1500, was granted for the abstract entitled ‘Influence of bicarbonate on ventilatory drive in healthy subjects’. 8 Jul 2016 - Optimal sperm cell traceable through temperature and caffeine Scientists from the University of Twente have devised a technique to find the optimal sperm cell. The researchers have demonstrated that a single sperm starts moving its tail faster as the temperature rises, while this movement slows down when the environment becomes colder. Also, by adding a caffeine, the sperm cell starts moving differently. This application will help childless couples over time conceive with fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilisation. 8 Jul 2016 - SRL members win best poster and best conference paper awards at BioRob 2016 Surgical Robotics Lab (SRL) doctoral candidates Federico Ongaro and Guus Vrooijink have won the Best Poster and Best Conference Paper award at BioRob 2016, respectively. Congratulations! 27 Jun 2016 - E-wheelchair should weigh less Whilst the advantages of a wheelchair with auxiliary drive are self-evident, they do not always outweigh the disadvantages. The weight of the construction can pose a physical burden on a certain group of wheelchair users, according to research from Roessingh Research and Development (RRD) and the University of Twente. 23 Jun 2016 - Brain-on-a-chip in 3D To study brain cell’s operation and test the effect of medication on individual cells, the conventional Petri dish with flat electrodes is not sufficient. For truly realistic studies, cells have to flourish within three-dimensional surroundings. Bart Schurink, researcher at University of Twente’s MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, has developed a sieve with 900 openings, each of which has the shape of an inverted pyramid. On top of this array of pyramids, a micro-reactor takes care of cell growth. Schurink defends his PhD thesis June 23. 14 Jun 2016 - UT congratulates MST on the opening of its new hospital Today, the new MST Hospital officially opened its doors. The University of Twente congratulates the MST on the completion of its new building. At the official opening ceremony, Victor van der Chijs, the president of UT’s Executive Board, presented the MST with a voucher worth €10,000 that can be used for training in the ECTM, the high-tech medical simulation centre on the University of Twente campus. Van der Chijs: ‘The University of Twente and the MST have been working closely for a long time. We are working together on improvements in patient care. The University of Twente warmly congratulates the MST’s management and staff on this wonderful new location.’  20 May 2016 - Four 'Vidi' grants for UT scientists Four UT scientists receive a ‘Vidi’ grant from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO): Wiebe de Vis, Sarthak Misra, Richard Stevens and Ivo Vellekoop. The 800,000 euro grant will enable them to start an innovative line of research and form a research group of their own. 19 May 2016 - TechMed Proeftuin: Twente University’s unique testing environment for medtech startups Last February, the University of Twente (UT) in Enschede launched its test environment ‘TechMed Proeftuin’ – the latest addition to a growing offering of facilities that stimulate medical innovation. The first teams are now testing their products in a simulated environment.