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Tue, 14 January
December 10th 2019 there was an episode of Klokhuis on Dutch children's television about organs on chips featuring hDMT chair Christine Mummery and Berend van Meer. NPO Het Klokhuis Mini-organen (Dutch, 15 min) Pascal's going by the hospital. That's where they make miniature organs from your own real organs. This way... Read more
Tue, 14 January
The Microsystems/Neuro-Nanoscale Engineering group of hDMT PI Regina Luttge at the Eindhoven University of Technology welcomes PhD student Gülden Akçay. Gülden's PhD project encompasses the work on microphysiological human brain and nervous systems-on-chip in order to advance our fundamental understanding of higher... Read more
Tue, 14 January
The Netherlands Organ on Chip Initiative (NOCI) funded by the NWO/OCW Gravity programme is now 2 years underway, almost halfway towards its midterm evaluation. More than 21 PhD students and 5 postdocs have been recruited over the 6 participating universities and institutes and the first joint publication are beginning to appear. ... Read more
Tue, 14 January
Abstract submission for EUROoCS 2020 is now open via http://www.euroocs2020.angstrom.uu.se. Submitted abstracts will be selected either for an oral presentation or for the interactive poster session. Deadline for abstract submission: 1 March 2020 Deadline for abstract... Read more
Sun, 12 January
Assistant Professor Ye Wang will be working on Organ-on-Chip technology in the Microsystems group of hDMT PI Jaap den Toonder at the Eindhoven University of Technology. He will be doing research on fabrication and control of microscopic functional devices/features by tuning intrinsic physical properties of materials, with applications... Read more
Sun, 12 January
The Dutch Transition Programme for animal-free Innovations (TPI) made a booklet '26x better and faster without the use of animals' on Dutch start-ups and scale-ups involved in the transition in the Netherlands. 26 'positive stories' and examples of producers of animal-free testing methods. Collaboration between all... Read more
Sun, 12 January
From the 27th till the 29th of November, the Dutch Transition Programme for animal-free Innovations (TPI) organised the international Pioneer-2-Policymaker conference in Utrecht. The goal was to present the Dutch way of accelerating this transition and to instigate a true dialogue between researchers, regulators and developers. The Dutch... Read more
Fri, 10 January
The European Research Council has awarded hDMT PI Albert van den Berg of the University of Twente, an ERC Proof of Concept grant for furthering standardisation in organ-on-chip infrastructure. Proof of Concept grants, worth €150,000 each, aim to help ERC grantees to explore the innovation potential of their scientific discoveries and bring... Read more
Fri, 10 January
Verena Schwach, researcher at the group of hDMT PI Robert Passier (University of Twente), can start with her research to improved treatment of cardiac arrhythmia. In collaboration with the Dutch Heart Foundation, Verena started a crowdfunding campaign in October to raise enough money to start the research. On 8th December it was announced that... Read more
Fri, 10 January
MinacNed and NanoNextNL have developed a vision for the contribution of nanotechnology, a key technology for the Netherlands in which science and industry work together. The manifesto makes clear which solutions within current domains, such as health, safety, sustainable energy, agriculture and food, require a contribution from nanotechnology. ... Read more
Wed, 8 January
Animal-free innovation becomes easier when you do it together with patients, doctors, researchers, financiers, health professionals and policy makers. That is what happens during a helpathon. A helpathon is an innovation protocol: during two days an interdisciplinary team looks for animal-free ways to answer a research question. 'Within... Read more
Tue, 7 January
Paul Krijnen (project leader) and hDMT PI Sue Gibbs (foto) of the Amsterdam UMC and Magda Ulrich (Association of Dutch Burn Centres) received a four-year grant from TKI-LSH Health Holland for their project NETosis in burn-induced microvascular thrombosis in the skin and wound deepening: a causative factor, biomarker and therapeutic target. In... Read more
Tue, 7 January
The recently granted Moore4Medical project intends to accelerate innovation in electronic and microfabricated devices for a number of emerging medical domains. In Moore4Medical 68 partners from 13 countries participate. This three-year project has a budget of €68M and will start in June 2020. Too often promising medical device... Read more
Mon, 6 January
New laboratory techniques can help solve the shortage of donor liver, argues hDMT PI professor Luc van der Laan in the Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad, on the occasion of his oration 'Heal the liver'. Mini livers He also tells about building liver tissue in a petri dish. In this way, scientists can mimic the complete liver... Read more
Mon, 6 January
The initiative of the University of Twente, a partner of hDMT, for an open standard 'Translational Organ-on-Chip Platform (TOP)' won the Philips Innovation Services 'Start-up of the Year Award' at the International MicroNano Conference 2019 in Utrecht (NL) Berend van Meer (UTwente, LUMC) pitched the platform technology that... Read more
Thu, 19 December
Brain cells of people with intellectual disabilities or certain developmental disorders communicate differently than brain cells of people without those disorders. Researchers at the Radboudumc have discovered this by comparing the electrical brain waves of both groups. Their findings were recently published in Nature Communications and... Read more
Thu, 19 December
The TURBO programme of the Radboudumc and the University of Twente has awarded Michel van Putten (UTwente) and Nael Nadif Kasri (Radboudumc) for their technical-medical research proposal 'EEG in-a-dish: towards PRecisIoN mediCine for EpilepSy (PRINCES).' Epilepsy or epileptic seizures give an abnormal electrophysiological picture,... Read more
Thu, 19 December
The TURBO programme of the Radboudumc and the University of Twente has awarded Andries van der Meer (UT) and Frans Russel (Radboudumc) for their technical-medical research proposal 'Modulation of endothelial urate toxicity by urate transporters as a new personalized prevention strategy for atherosclerosis.' Foto credits: Blood... Read more
Wed, 18 December
PhD candidate Milica Dostanic of the Electronic Components, Technology and Materials group (ECTM) of Delft University of Technology, partner of hDMT, won the Best Poster Award that this year's International MicroNano Conference in Utrecht (NL) with her poster titled "A miniaturized EHT platform for contractile tissue... Read more
Tue, 26 November
How can we better understand the process of fertilization in mammals? Thanks to a new member of the Organs-on-Chip family, Dr Bart Gadella and his colleagues at the faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University are able to study fertilization and reproduction. They developed an Oviduct-on-Chip that enables them to use cow gametes obtained... Read more
Sun, 17 November
Reducing the number of cardiac arrests, brain infarcts and heart failure and preventing them from occurring in the future as much as possible, that is the aim of the study 'Growing hearts on a chip'. In order to obtain research funding, postdoc Verena Schwach, of the group of hDMT PI Robert Passier of the University of Twente, has... Read more
Thu, 24 October
Just before the severe typhoon Hagibis hit Tokyo, over 1200 companies and research organizations from 34 countries gathered at Pacifico Yokohama in Japan from 9-11 October 2019. Among the participants were hDMT, Leiden University Medical Center, TNO, Mimetas and several other companies from the Netherlands. In addition to exhibitions and... Read more
Thu, 24 October
Health.E aims to accelerate innovation in medical devices and systems by stimulating the development of open technology platforms and standards, thereby moving away from the inflexible and costly point solutions that presently dominate electronic medical device manufacturing. Open technology platforms, supported by roadmaps, will generate the... Read more
Thu, 24 October
One of the building blocks of the Organ-on-Chip roadmap is 'Standardization'. Lack of standardization, automation and inter-chip incompatibility is limiting End Users in adopting Organ-on-Chip (OoC) solutions. Much like all computer equipment interfaces through a Universal Serial Bus (USB), biologist should be able to use chips from... Read more
Tue, 22 October
Parkinson's disease causes brain cells that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine to die. But where does the disease start? Evidence suggests that a failure of the brain's immune system may be the root cause of the disease. hDMT researcher Amalia Dolga, Assistant Professor at the University of Groningen's Department of... Read more
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