MERLN's professors Pamela Habibovic and Clemens van Blitterswijk received funding in the prestigious "Zwaartekracht" (Gravity) programme from NWO with their project "Materials-driven regeneration: Regenerating tissue and organ function with intelligent, life-like materials". cBITE plays an important part in the project, focusing on digitizing the biomaterial interface.
On May 18th, Aurelie Carlier received the ASL price for Science and Technology for her thesis "Multiscale modelling of angiogenesis during normal and impaired bone regeneration".
On the 10th of May, during the Wetenschapsdag 2017 ("Science day"), organized by MUMC+, Pascal Vroemen was awarded the first prize for his poster presentation on an in vitro glaucoma model for retinal ganglion cells.
Zeist, The Netherlands. At the annual meeting of the NVCB (Dutch Society for Calcium and Bone Metabolism), cBITE was represented by Nick Beijer who was presenting the group’s work on osteogenic surface topographies. The presentation entitled: “Improving Orthopedic Implant Surfaces; from In Silico Topography Design to Enhanced Bone Bonding In Vivo”, was very well appreciated by the audience. Nick guided the NVCB members through the complete story of TopoChip design and functionalities, high-throughput screening process and validation, towards promising in vivo results.
We are proud to announce MERLN's first successful VENI award to a very promising young investigator. In her proposal "Shaping the building blocks of life," Dr. Carlier will use computational techniques to investigate how cell shape can steer cell functioning. She hopes that this fundamental understanding of our basic building blocks, can be used to improve orthopaedic implants. The VENI is the first grant in the prestigious line of talent identification grants given by the Dutch Funding agency, NWO.