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    News: SPRINT symposium 8 February 2019, Groningen
    Symposium theme revealed:
    Business Activity!
    Last week SPRINT MT revealed 2019 symposi-um programme theme: Business Activity!
    ‘We are very proud of the results SPRINT delivers due to successful public private partnership initiatives,’ says Charissa Roossien of SPRINT: ’The partnerships with industry lead to decisive user-centered patented designs, publications, business
    activity, research opportunities and new partnerships as well!’Expertise to be proud of.
    Regularly stakeholders from the health environment are inviting SPRINT to participate in or to set up demand-driven and usercentered research. Recently, caregivers invited SPRINT and the department of Biomedical Engineering, UMCG, to design a patientfriendly environment for the use of ‘fixation straps’. Fixation straps are made to refix patients to the bed.
    The department of Oral Surgery, UMCG, asked SPRINT to organize the testing of implant loads; the department of Cardiology asked SPRINT to share knowledge on user-centered design in the field of cardiac valves. Charissa: ‘All latest SPRINT initiatives will be presented at the symposium in February.’

    Medical Device Regulations
    At the symposium start-ups derived from SPRINT research will introduce their products; PhDs will give an update of their current research. And last but not least: Jorrit de Vries, policy advisor at Biomedical Engineering department, UMCG, will share the latest developments on Medical Device Regulations (MDR).

    Finally, a brainstorm session will conclude the symposium to invite you to share your views on how to shape future of new SPRINT activities. And there will be, traditionally, opportunities for social activity and networking to share visions on setting up new partnerships. The final programme with key note speakers will be confirmed later this year. Charissa: ‘Save the date! We are looking forward meeting you in February

    SPRINT is a Centre of Research Excellence founded in 2011. It is aimed towards senior citizens regaining or improving their mobility, a goal that is gaining importance because of the ageing populations of many western societies.
    The central within SPRINT are Smart Mobility Devices: smart technical solutions to help especially elderly people to longer maintain their independent mobility. The new devices prevent a decrease in mobility and provides better rehabilitation, preferably within the home environment. In addition SPRINT will develop new prostheses and orthoses.

    The various new technologies will be developed in close cooperation with: Universitair Medisch Centrum Groningen, Rijksuniversiteit GroningenUniversiteit Twente,  and a variety of  companies and institutions.

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