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New Medical Delta professors mean boost for health and technology research

Five of the new Medical Delta professors who now hold an appointment at multiple institutions are affiliated with Leiden University/LUMC. They are psychologist Andrea Evers and four LUMC professors.

Nine professors may now use the title of ‘Medical Delta Professor’. They have been appointed to two or more academic institutions in the province of Zuid-Holland (LUMC, Leiden University, Delft University of Technology, Erasmus MC, Erasmus University) that are affiliated with Medical Delta. This represents a new boost for health and technology research.

Andrea Evers now also holds a post in Rotterdam and Delft, and Andrew Webb (LUMC) in Delft. Marco van Vulpen was appointed to the three universities last year already – a first. Marcel Reinders (Delft University of Technology) also holds an appointment at the LUMC and Rotterdam, and Jaap Harlaar (Delft University of Technology and Amsterdam UMC) now also holds a post in Delft and Rotterdam.

Intersection of healthcare and technology

The professors are committed to interdisciplinary research at the intersection of healthcare and technology. For example, they are investigating how cartilage can be made using technology, how electrodes can help pinpoint the cause of cardiac arrhythmia and how proton therapy can be used to target cancer cells.

The objective of Medical Delta is to develop technological solutions for sustainable healthcare. It does so by means of interdisciplinary scientific research and practical field and living labs, and thus helps improve healthcare and keep it accessible and affordable; a necessity given the increasing demand. Professor Ton van der Steen, Chairman of Medical Delta, emphasises the importance of good cooperation between engineers, clinicians and health experts. ‘It’s crucial. Only then will technological innovations meet the needs of the healthcare profession. These nine professors excel at this, which is why they have been appointed Medical Delta professors.’

This is the third time that Medical Delta professors have been appointed. The nine new professors join the 13 active Medical Delta professors who have been appointed by academic institutions in previous years.

The new Medical Delta professor are:

Prof. Andrea Evers (Leiden University, Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University) – researches e-Health applications to promote public health (part of Medical Delta eHealth & self-management for a healthy society).
Prof. Natasja de Groot (Erasmus MC, Delft University of Technology) – researches the use of sensors and catheters to more accurately diagnose and treat cardiac arrhythmias (part of Medical Delta Cardiac Arrhythmia Lab)
Prof. Jaap Harlaar (Delft University of Technology, Erasmus MC, LUMC) – researches biomechanics of movement and precision diagnosis in osteoarthritis (part of Medical Delta: Improving Mobility with Technology). 
Prof. Mischa Hoogeman (Erasmus MC, TU Delft) – researches photons and protons to advance proton therapy for cancer patients (part of HollandPTC Medical Delta program on HTA value proposition).
Prof. Gerjo van Osch (Erasmus MC, Delft University of Technology) – researches the making of cartilage (part of Medical Delta Regenerative Medicine 4D: Generating complex tissues with stem cells and printing technology).
Prof. Wouter Serdijn (Delft University of Technology, Erasmus MC) – researches the use of bioelectronics in medical research (part of Medical Delta Cardiac Arrhythmia Lab and Medical Neurodelta).
Prof. Marco van Vulpen (LUMC, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus MC) – researches proton therapy for radiation of cancer cells (part of HollandPTC Medical Delta program on HTA value proposition).
Prof. Marcel Reinders (Delft University of Technology, LUMC) – researches the use of computer algorithms for the analysis of molecular data (part of Medical NeuroDelta: Ambulant Neuromonitoring for Prevention and Treatment of Brain Disease and METABODELTA: Metabolomics for clinical advances in the Medical Delta.

Prof. Andrew Webb (LUMC, Delft University of Technology) – researches how imaging can be more widely available for medical purposes (part of Medical Delta Diagnostics 3.0: Dementia and stroke).

Medical Delta is an interdisciplinary collaboration of more than 280 scientists from Erasmus University, Erasmus MC, Delft University of Technology, LUMC, Leiden University and universities of applied sciences. Together with companies and governments, Medical Delta develops technological solutions for healthcare. It does so in 13 interdisciplinary scientific programmes and with practical field and living labs, thus forming the hub of the Health & Technology ecosystem in the province of Zuid-Holland and beyond. 

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