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Mentors2Research mentees

Justin and Michael

The mentees for the sixth round of the Mentors2Research program that runs from January 2017 through October/ November 2017 have now been selected. The 2017 mentees are Rolf Heckemann, professor at MedTech West and Gothenburg University, and Max Ortiz Catalan, assistant Professor at the Biomedical Signals and Systems research group at Chalmers University of Technology, and founder of the Biomechatronics and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory.

Justin Schneiderman and Michael Schöll, both researchers at MedTech West and Gothenburg University, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, have been mentees during the past year. Let´s hear what they have to say.

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MedTech West funding for prehospital diagnostics for traumatic thoracic injuries project

Stefan and Rubén, 2016

The Steering Committee of MedTech West recently made the decision to offer financial support to research projects that are related to the two centres MedTech West and Prehospital ICT Arena (PICTA) at Lindholmen Science Park, and thereby stimulate increased collaboration between them. The projects should involve innovative biomedical engineering solutions addressing the field of prehospital care, and where ICT is of major importance for a successful implementation into healthcare practice. The applicants, or constellation of applicants, should be associated and have relations with both centres. The first project to receive funding from MedTech West is Stefan Candefjord´s and Rubén Buendía´s project “Prehospital Diagnostics for Traumatic Thoracic Injuries”.

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IMBioC MTT-S International Microwave Bio Conference in Gothenburg

On 15-17 May 2017, MedTech West will be co-arranging the International Microwave Bio-Conference (IMBioC), which is an international forum for the exchange of ideas and information on state-of-the-art research in microwave and RF theory and techniques that bridge the science and engineering gap as applied to biological systems. This conference is an ideal forum for sharing new ideas on emerging techniques and applications.The paper submission deadline is 9 December.
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Symposium on radiation therapy and the brain at MedTech West

Rolf Heckemann
Lina Bunketorp-Käll
On 15 September 2016, MedTech West hosted a symposium and kick-off meeting on radiation effects on the brain. A multitude of key members with expertise in methods for studying the issue got together and shared their views. With six lectures and a series of in-depth discussions, we got to know about each others’ expertise and views. The participants agreed that radiation effects on the brain are a hot research topic, and that the time is right to coordinate our endeavours.

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Speed dating and networking between Chalmers and the Sahlgrenska Academy

Justin Schneiderman, Helga Lidö och Marie Kalm
Gunnar Bjursell från KI
On 11 October, MedTech West helped facilitating when Young Faculty at Chalmers and Future Faculty at the Sahlgrenska Academy got together for a workshop with the aim to close the gap between Chalmers and Sahlgrenska Academy. Young PI:s and advanced postdocs in the area of life science were invited, and 36 researchers spent an afternoon which contained both speed dating and poster mingling together.

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Rubén Buendía

MedTech West researcher Rubén Buendía finalist for the 2015 Martin Black award

The publishers of Physiological Measurement (PMEA), IOP Publishing, in association with the journal owners, the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), jointly award an annual prize for the best paper published in PMEA during the previous year. Rubén Buendía, researcher at MedTech West and Chalmers University of Technology, was one of the five finalists with the paper “Estimation of body fluids with bioimpedance spectroscopy: state of the art methods and proposal of novel methods”. Read the paper>>

Rubén Buendía´s PhD Thesis, which was a joint program between University of Borås, University of Alcala and KTH, was recently awarded with the University of Alcala´s Extraordinary Prize. The university awarded five PhD theses in the category of Engineering and Architecture. Download the thesis>>

MedTech West söker projektledare

MedTech West söker en projektledare med uppdrag att initiera fler gränsöverskridande medicintekniska forsknings- och innovationsprojekt. Är du den vi söker eller känner du någon som skulle passa för tjänsten?
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A MedTech West lunchseminar with professor Dag Winkler and Sobhan Sepheri from Chalmers

FLU-ID – Bioassays for fast and sensitive detection of pandemic influenza using ultra-sensitive magnetometry and wiggling nanomagnets

Pandemic influenza poses a threat unlike any other public health emergency or natural disaster, especially in terms of its complexity, distribution and ability to devastate society on a global scale. In order to limit the health related, as well as economic, consequences, rapid, sensitive, and specific diagnostic assays are important. Established testing procedures take from 3-10 days (viral cell cultures) to <30 min (immunechromato-graphic lateral flow and membrane-based immunoassays). However, all currently recommended tests are performed in dedicated bioanalytical laboratories. Furthermore, assay instrumentation is typically large and rather expensive, and not available at the point of care or in smaller emergency wards. A reliable assay with a short turn-around-time for detecting influenza-infections in respiratory samples is highly desirable.

The methods and instruments developed in the FLU-ID project focus on influenza, but are generic. Many relevant microorganisms, for example staphylococci (MRSA), require a similar diagnostic approach.

When? Monday 14 November 2016 at 11.30 – 12.30 (13.00 incl. lunch)
Where? Kammaren, Vita stråket 12, Sahlgrenska University Hospital

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A MedTech West lunchseminar with Oliver Aalami, Associate Professor of Surgery at Stanford University

Oliver Aalami

The Biodesign Approach to medtech innovation in vascular surgery

At this MedTech West lunch seminar we will be visited by Dr. Oliver Aalami, Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of  Vascular & Endovascular Surgery at Stanford University and the Palo Alto VA Healthcare System. Aalami´s main areas of research are in health information technology as well as device development, and he recently launched an Apple ResearchKit App Study for patients with Peripheral Artery Disease, called VascTrac, to evaluate patient activity tracking as a new patient surveillance strategy- a form of precision medicine. Participants registered before 13:00 pm. on 24 Nov. 2016 are served a light lunch. 

Where?     Kammaren Vita stråket 12, Sahlgrenska University Hospital
When?      30 Nov, 2016 at 11:30-12:30 (13:00 incl. lunch)

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Associated researchers


Christian Waldenberg is a lab physicist writing his PhD thesis on characterization of low back pain at MFT Diagnostik, Sahlgrenska University Hospital. Christian´s supervisor is Kerstin Lagerstrand, specialist in medical physics at Sahlgrenska University Hospital.

Welcome to MedTech West, Christian Waldenberg!

Image rights: Chalmers University of Technology

World’s first implanted bionic arm on test in global competition

A few years ago, a patient was implanted with a bionic arm for the first time in the world using control technology developed at Chalmers University of Technology. Magnus is now taking part in Cybathlon, a new international competition in which 74 participants with physical disabilities will compete against each other, using the latest robotic prostheses and other assistive technologies. Magnus is the only participant with an amputation above the elbow, which makes the competition more difficult.

- From a competitive perspective this contest is far from ideal to demonstrate clinically viable technology, says Max Ortiz Catalan, in charge of developing the technology in close collaboration with Dr Rickard Brånemark, who performed the implantation. But it is an important event in the human-machine interface field in which we would like to showcase our technology. Unlike several of the other participants, Magnus will compete in the event using the same technology he uses in his everyday life.

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Har du en innovativ lösning? Ansök om bidrag från innovationsfonden

Har du en innovativ lösning på hur det går att utveckla och förbättra framtidens vård? Nu har du som anställd inom hälso- och sjukvård i Västra Götalandsregionen chansen att förverkliga din idé.

Innovationsfonden är till för dig som har nyskapande lösningar och vill ha stöd i att utveckla dem. För att söka pengar ur fonden behöver du arbeta minst halvtid inom hälso- och sjukvården i Västra Götalandsregionen. Du kan söka om bidrag oavsett yrkeskategori eller befattning. Välj själv om du vill söka på egen hand eller tillsammans med någon. I fonden finns 20 miljoner kronor. Lösningarna kan vara både produkter, tjänster och idéer som löser ett vardagligt problem inom vården. Ansökningsperioden är öppen mellan den 7 november klockan 13.00 och den 11 december klockan 24.00.

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Medtech4Health Innovation Award 2017

Medtech4Health Innovation Award vänder sig till personal, kliniker eller verksamheter inom omsorg, hälso- och sjukvård med syftet att lyfta fram goda initiativ som kan spridas till andra.

Genom Medtech4Health Innovation Award vill man lyfta fram goda exempel på när vården aktivt deltar i utvecklingen och införandet av ny teknik, som leder till betydelsefulla förbättringar av vården och att ny medicinteknik kan nå ut på marknaden. Deadline är 31 januari, 2017.

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Förhandsinfo om 2017 års utlysningar

Medtech4Health är ett nationellt strategiskt innovationsprogram som ska stärka svensk medicinteknisk industri genom samverkan mellan forskning, vård, industri och patienter. MedTech West är västsvensk nod för programmet och ingår i programkontoret. Under 2017 planerar Medtech4Health fyra utlysningar, tre egna och en i samarbete med SweLife.
  • Stora hälsoutlysningen i samarbete med SweLife. Öppnar i november, 2016
  • Kompetensförstärkning för småföretag. Öppen i feb-nov, 2017 med beslut varje månad
  • Innovatörer inom vård och omsorg för personal inom vård och omsorg. Öppnar under våren 2017
  • Medicintekniska innovationer. En bred samverkansutlysning som öppnar under hösten 2017

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Ny Vinnova-utlysning inom digital hälsa: Be­sluts­stöd för häl­sa, vård och omsor­g med hjälp av ar­ti­fi­ci­ell in­tel­li­gens

Den här utlysningen är för dig som vara med och förbättra hälsa, vård och omsorg i Sverige genom att utveckla ett beslutsstöd med hjälp av artificiell intelligens (AI). Målet med utlysningen är att intelligenta och konkurrenskraftiga beslutsstöd, framtagna med hjälp av AI, utvecklas och implementeras till nytta för patienter och brukare. Vinnova vill även bidra till att små och medelstora företag och forskare inom AI-området ska upptäcka potentialen för AI inom hälsa, vård och omsorg och att detta ska leda till nya samarbeten som ska resultera i nya produkter och bidra till att öka Sveriges konkurrenskraft. Utlysningen öppnade den 13 oktober.

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