Recap of the event
On Friday 14 April, the Center for Medical Imaging North-East Netherlands (CMI-NEN) symposium was held at the University of Twente. CMI-NEN (www.cmi-nen.nl) is a consortium consisting of the University of Twente, RUG/UMCG and Siemens Healthineers. CMI-NEN simulates developments and validates new medical imaging and diagnostic techniques. It also uses artificial intelligence (AI) and health technology assessment (HTA) to determine effectiveness in healthcare.
As many as 80 participants took part in this symposium at the TechMed Centre at the University of Twente (UT). The morning programme consisted of expert speakers in the CMI-NEN field, including presentations on the use of AI within medical imaging data (Tobias Heimann, Siemens Healthineers and Wiro Niessen), the Digital United Training Concepts for Healthcare (DUTCH) (Laurens Reinke, Wenckebach/Skills lab UMCG), and new (economic) technologies in Alzheimer's disease (Ron Handels, MUMS and Elsmarieke van de Giessen, Amsterdam UMC). Lunch was followed by a tour of the Department of Robotics & Mechatronics (RaM) and the Techmed Centre at the University of Twente.
Afternoon programme: presentations on CMI-NEN research areas
The afternoon programme consisted of a series of short presentations (3 minutes + 2 minutes of discussion) divided over the 4 research areas of CMI-NEN (Imaging, Image-Guided Therapy, Data Science and HTA) . This was presented by researchers from Groningen and Twente. The 2nd session short presentations consisted of 6 selected research proposals submitted for the CMI-NEN seed-money awards. Each proposal involved a collaborative project between Groningen, UT and Siemens Healthineers. These proposals were favoured in advance by the CMI-NEN committee and the final score was determined by the final presentations of the 6 participants. The 3-member jury consisting of UMCG-RUG, UT and Siemens jury eventually designated 3 winners. Each winner received 15,000 euros as a booster for the submitted research project (see photo). For the Imaging section, the winner was Niels van de Geest, rheumatologist UMCG (Dual [18F]FDG and [68Ga]FAPI-46 PET imaging for detection of arterial and musculoskeletal inflammation in giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica), for the Image-Guided Intervention section Dennis Kundrat, postdoc UT (Safe MRI Workflows with Pneumatically-Propelled Endovascular Robotics: A Condition Monitoring Framework), and for the Data Science section Daniëlle van Veldhuizen, PhD student UMCG (VirtuStent: Geometric Deep Learning for Virtual Stent Apposition Prediction).
The day ended with matchmaking drinks & snacks to give everyone the opportunity to find common ground on joint research projects. We can look back on a very successful symposium and the next CMI-NEN symposium is already planned for spring 2024, but then again in Groningen!
Did you miss the event, or want to view the information on the presentation slides again? You can download the slides (in PDF) via the link below.
09.15 - 10.00: Walk-in: Registration / Badges / Coffee
Step into the TechMed Centre, nestled within the esteemed University of Twente, where the synergy of education, research, and valorization converge. We extend a warm welcome as you arrive, inviting you to sign in and then relax with a steaming cup of coffee or tea. This is a place where conversations come alive, where participants from various disciplines and backgrounds come together to exchange ideas, insights, and perspectives. Join the stimulating discussions, foster meaningful connections, and be part of the collaborative atmosphere that embodies the spirit of innovation at the TechMed Centre.
10.00 - 12.20: Morning programme | Incl opening, introduction and talks
10.00 - 10.10
Opening CIM-NEN Symposium
Remke Burie | University of Twente - TechMed Centre
10.10 - 10.25
Stefano Stramigioli | CMI-NEN, chair-men
Riemer Slart | CMI-NEN, chair-men
10.25 - 11.00
Keynote talk (industry)
Tobias Heimann | Siemens Healthineers, Head AI
11.00 - 12.20
11.00 - 11.20
11.20 - 11.40
11.40 - 12.00
12.00 - 12.20
Domain keynote talks
- Data Science
- Dutch initiative
- PET in Alzheimer
Ron Handels | Maastricht University
Wiro Niessen | University of Groningen
Laurens Reinke | UMCG
Elsmarieke van de Giessen | UMCA
12.20 - 13.10: Lunch break
Indulge in the networking experience at our event! As you connect with fellow professionals and engage in meaningful conversations, a scrumptious lunch will be served in the cozy networking lounge. Enjoy delectable culinary delights while forging new connections, building partnerships, and exchanging ideas. Fuel your body and mind as you nourish your connections, and make the most out of this networking opportunity. Join us for a fulfilling experience where business meets culinary pleasure in our networking lounge!
13.10 - 14.00: Guided tours
During this programme-part, you can participate in one of the two guided tours below. So choose your favourite topic and walk with us through these labs and facilities.
Robotics and Mechatronics (RAM) deals with the application of modern systems and control methods to practical situations. Focus is on robotics, as a specific class of mechatronic systems. The research is embedded in the TechMed institute. The research of the group is application-oriented. The main goal is to investigate the applicability of modern systems, imaging and control methods to practical situations in the area of robotics.
In the RAM Lab, we have quite a variety of robotic setups: basic 1 or 2 motor systems, precise motion control platforms, a production cell-like block circulator, several types of flying and wheeled mobile robots, humanoid walking robots, and setups for robotized needle insertion.
- Duration: 40 min.
- Location: Carre. a walk of 10 minutes towards the Ram lab
- Spots: 20 persons
Medical imaging labs
The Medical Imaging Labs are dedicated to all sorts of preclinical imaging for research or educational purposes. The labs aim to facilitate preclinical diagnostic imaging and image guided interventions with phantoms or using human subjects. The Medical Imaging labs consist of several imaging suites & modalities. The Medical Imaging labs have been realized with financial support of the province of Overijssel.
- Duration: 45 min.
- Location: TechMed Centre
- Spots: 2x 15 persons
14.00 - 16.00: Afternoon programme | Incl. Matchmaking session & pitches
14.00 - 14.20
14.00 - 14.05
HTA - AI in medical imaging
Madelon Voets - University of Twente
14.05 - 14.10
Asmaa Haja - RUG
14.10 - 14.15
Toon de Groot - University of Twente
14.15 - 14.20
Bram van Leer - UMCG
14.20 - 15.00
Bring your own promotional materials to explain your organization/project/department and engage in conversation with other participants. There is no organized schedule. Look for new collaborative partners on your own.
15.00 - 16.00
Seed money pitches
15.00 - 15.05
Niels van der Geest
PET imaging for detection of arterial and musculoskeletal inflammation in giant cell arteritis and polymyalgia rheumatica
15.05 - 15.10
Identifying vulnerable plaques by targeted imaging of neovascularization
15.15 - 15.20
Effect of processing on quantitative PET radiomics
15.20 - 15.25
Daniëlle van Veldhuizen
Geometric Deep Learning for Virtual Stent Apposition Prediction
15.30 - 15.35
loCAlly advanced and Recurrent rectal cancer NAVigationAL surgery (CARNAVAL) 2.0
15.35 - 15.40
Safe MRI Workflows with Pneumatically-Propelled Endovascular Robotics: A Condition Monitoring Framework
15.40 - 16.00
Award ceremony seed money pitches
16.00 - 17.30: Open discussion forum, including drinks & snacks
Welcome to our open discussion forum, where ideas flow freely and conversations are fueled by delicious drinks and snacks. Join us for a lively exchange of thoughts, opinions, and perspectives in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Sip on your favourite beverage, munch on tasty treats, and let the discussion begin!
This year the event is organized by the University of Twente - Technical Medical Centre. The previous edition took place in Groningen and was organized by UMCG and RUG.
Medical imaging and diagnostics is a collective term for all kinds of ways to make images of the inside of a man. These imaging techniques provide faster and more effective diagnoses and treatments and thus contribute substantially to cost savings and quality improvement in healthcare. A number of imaging technologies are used routinely, but, the need for innovation is still enormous, in the field of hardware development (robotic arms (for intervention), MRI coils, ultrasound sensors, etc.), software development (improving visualization, analysis and methodology), contrast agents and expanding application areas (to underpin the efficacy of a product). CMI-NEN 2.0, a Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) established by RUG/UMCG, University of Twente and Siemens Healthineers Netherlands, aims to promote the above developments: develop and validate new techniques, and investigate their effectiveness in improving clinical care supported by AI and HTA.
University of twente - Techmed centre
Improving healthcare by personalized technology
The Technical Medical Centre (TechMed Centre) is a leading Innovation Hub impacting healthcare by excellent Research, Innovation and Educational programmes. It is equipped with state-of-the-art infrastructure, ranging from research labs, preclinical testbeds and simulated hospital environments.In our mission to impact society, we stimulate entrepreneurship and enable (new) companies to grow within our regional Novel-T ecosystem. We collaborate with industry, hospitals, governments and insurance agencies on the development of new solutions for healthcare.