Update@kempenhaeghe 2019

Over the past decades this symposium has become a major international scientific event in the Low Countries, hosting over 700 delegates. A distinguished national and international faculty guarantees a high quality of presentations and content covering best clinical practice, results of the latest scientific research and illustrative cases.


The board will recommend to register for:

  • Main session Neurocognition (9:30-12:30)
  • Lunch @ Heeze Castle
  • Parallel session 5 Epilepsy (Pre-surgical evaluation in epilepsy: All or less) (14:30-16:30)


Register both on the Eir website as via the above link!

Review: Symposium “NeuroStimulate: The Future.”

It was a very nice afternoon, Wednesday April 24th. The visitors of the symposium could enjoy a sunny view on the rooftop terrace one side as well as an interesting variety of talks right in front of them. After a short introductory speech about the goals of EIR, which can be summarized as organizing activities for students interested in medical electrical engineering, conference chair and director of Centre for Care & Cure Technology Eindhoven Maarten Paulides gave the first research-oriented talk. Maarten, a veteran in hyperthermia[1] and MRI research, posed the question to whether elevating a patient’s body temperature locally could aid other forms of brain stimulation. He demonstrated that the methods to apply localized heat as a support for other cures are available already, but he also pointed out that there is limited knowledge about the how the brain responds to heat.

During his talk, Ghent University’s professor Paul Boon demonstrated the wide variety of brain stimulation treatments that are on the market today. Professor Boon is an expert in the field of cognitive neuroscience, and took the discussion about the many variables in brain stimulation treatments to a new level. Positive effects of electrical brain stimulation have been demonstrated by many studies, but it is not always easy to point out where exactly these effects stem from he concluded.

After a short break, Elles Raaijmakers gave an overview of the development of ideas surrounding the origin of thoughts. It turned out that over the scope of roughly 250 years, the models describing neurons evolved from “simple batteries” to “very complicated batteries”. The lives of the scientists were described as well, like those Hodgkin and Huxley. They struggled for 17 years to prove their Noble prize-winning theory. So if you ever feel your life is going slow, know there is always hope.

Dr. Jeannette Lorteije, an assistant professor at Amsterdam University in the field of cognitive systems and neuroscience, continued with an in-depth view of optogenetics[2]. Her fascinating talk explained how neurons can be modified to respond to light in the lab. After modifying, neurons can be turned on or off with highly focused lasers. This method is used to answer questions related to how information is processed in the brain.

The day continued with associate professor Regina Luttge, who divided her time on her ERC-starting grant project working towards her first brain-on-a-chip devices between University of Twente and our own TU/e during the years 2013 and 2016. While since 2017 fulltime at TU/e, she keeps the noble goal in mind to decrease the number of lab animals used in research, she talked about the development of a system to grow organs by means of microfluidics interventions. Cell type, pressure, environment, nutrients – it all appeared to matter when creating such organ functions on a chip. The talk concluded with a very proud research result: A home-grown tissue consisting of multiple cell types and networks which signaled a (yet) untranslatable message to the audience.

GTX Medical, a company developing implants to enable paraplegic people to walk again, organized the concluding talk. System engineer and part-time PdEng Edoardo Paoles showed the progress of a paraplegic relearning how to walk, while explaining the methods and challenges of the treatment that was developed. The results were impressive, and Edoardo concluded with the promise that more trials helping paraplegics would start soon.

The last activity of the symposium, the drink, was used to discuss the many views on brain or nerve stimulation with the speakers or with other students. While using the most popular brain stimulant in the world, new insights about the origin of thoughts were without doubt reached by many participants.

[1] Medical treatment strategy. The body temperature of a patient is elevated locally to a.o. stimulate the blood flow or activate the immune system.

[2] Research method in which cells are modified to be activated by light.

By Elles Raaijmakers

Beneficiary Drink 2019-1

All members are invited for a drink, where our beneficiaries will attend. They can tell you everything about the Care & Cure field, and their working experiences.

Join us!

Mini-Symposium 2019: NeuroStimulate the Future.

Eir will organize a mini-symposium on the 24th of April on the subject of Neurostimulation. During this afternoon you will hear inspiring and the most interesting speeches from speakers of institutes and companies all over the Netherlands. Join this symposium now for free! Afterwards there will be a  drink with Q&A in ‘Het Walhalla’.

Elles Raaijmakers – Neurophysiology – A history of great minds studying neurons.

Maarten Paulides- Centre for Care and Cure Technology Eindhoven (C3TE) & Neuro Oncology Stimulation?


Regina Luttge – Can we learn from mechanical stimulation of neurons on a chip?

Edoardo Paoles – Restoring the ability to walk by targeted epidural spinal stimulation.

Jeanette Lorteije – Optogenetics as a tool to investigate neural circuits.


More profiles coming soon.

Excursion: MR Coils

MR Coils BV is a spinoff company of the University Medical Center Utrecht that can provide specialized and innovative Magnetic Resonance Coils for MRI systems. Since september 2009 the team has experience in building 7 Tesla MR coils for imaging and spectroscopy. With MR Coils BV this experience can be shared to other MR research groups by providing coils for a custom specific research on humans or animals.

In addition to custom specific RF coil designs, MR Coils BV has several products including multi transmit and multi nuclei coils, combined with a high density of receiver elements tuned for the human head, neck and breast.

To incorporate the latest state of the art RF coil technology in the designs, MR Coils BV is based on a close collaboration between the high field research group of the UMC Utrecht. Our development department started out located at the UMC Utrecht. Due to growth of the group we moved to a bigger location in Zaltbommel. Now we are situated in a beautiful 2000m2 work/ office space.

We developed the following spin off companies to support MR Coils: IE Components, MR Mechanics, MR Code, MR Installation & Testing, MR Production& Service and MR Focus.