Skip to 0 minutes and 7 seconds What has nanotechnology to do with health? That is the topic of this course. Nanotechnology is the technology used to control and manipulate nanometer-sized matter with nanometer precision. In this course, we will show the great potential of nanotechnology. This inspires us to create new devices that can be used to diagnose a disease or monitor a medical treatment. In each week, we will describe three different perspectives. We explain how the devices work and how nanotechnology plays a role. We will furthermore show how these devices are made in our laboratories and clean rooms. All topics have strong links with ongoing research conducted at the MESA and MIRA institutes.
Skip to 0 minutes and 53 seconds The MESA Institute for Nanotechnology at the University of Twente is one of the world’s leading nanotechnology research institutes. Over 500 researchers focus on key enabling technologies. We use these technologies for the development of new diagnostic tools for medical applications. And one of these applications is the detection of biomarkers in your breath. This is the topic in the second week. We employ so-called cantilevers. This nanotechnology can be used to detect asthma or differentiate between various lung diseases at an early stage. The MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical Medicine at the University of Twente combines fundamental and applied research with clinical practice.
Skip to 1 minute and 37 seconds This unique scientific path stimulates a successful application of fundamental concepts and enables health care to rapidly introduce new treatments. In week three, we will show you how just a single drop of blood can determine the right dose of medication. In the fourth week, we will show you how nanotechnology can detect bladder cancer in urine, an example of early diagnostics where diseases can be detected before a patient shows signs of the disease. The motto of the University of Twente is High Tech, Human Touch. Therefore, we will also discuss ethical, societal, and business implications of these new technologies.
Skip to 2 minutes and 19 seconds We invite you to join this course and hope that you will be as enthusiastic as we are about how small things can make a great difference.