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MIRA Day summary

On 3 June 2015 over 200 researchers of the MIRA institute (and other UT institutes), PhD students and students have joined the MIRA day to share knowledge and ideas. The day took off with a keynote lecture by dr. Liesbeth Reneman, Developmental Neuropsychopharmacology and Brainimaging group at the Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, on the long term effect of drugs like Ritalin on the brain, especially when administered to children. Reneman stated that currently little is known on these long term effects, and non-invasive innovative neuroimaging methodologies are needed to monitor the children’s and adolescents’ brain, phMRI seems particularly promising.

The second keynote lecture by MIRA’s prof. Sarthak Misra, Department of Biomechanical Engineering was on ‘Wireless Control of Magnetic Micro-Sized Agents. Misra compared 4 different types of agents and explained on Microparticle path planning, and possible strategies for swarm control. One of the promising applications of these microparticles is to coat them with drugs, and to release the drugs at the point in the body where they are needed.

In the first Parallel session 10 PhD students and postdocs have presented the latest findings in their research on Cancer, diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation (session A) and Movement of machine and man (session B). After the lunch the visitors enjoyed a second Parallel session: 10 presentations by PhD students and postdocs on Imaging and detection: from agents to patients (session A) and Cells, tissue and organs (session B).

Then prof. Mehmet Toner, of Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology gave an inspiring keynote lecture titled: Rare events with large impact: Bioengineering & Clinical Applications of Circulating Tumor Cells and Clusters.

During the poster session that followed, PhD students and staff members have graded the posters of MIRA’s PhD students. The day concluded with drinks and tapas, and the announcement of the winning posters. We congratulate the winners: Elane Hadavi (DBE),Tim Seegers & Maarten Kok (POF), and Annika de Goede & Barry Ruiter (CNPH).