Easy test for early detection kidney failure2 February 2016
A team of TU/e students, fifteen strong, wants to develop an easy-to-use test this year to detect kidney failure in an early stage. They will be creating a biosensor as part of the 2016 SensUs student competition, for which multi-disciplinary student teams of five European universities will all be working toward designing, building, and testing a biosensor of some kind.
The sooner kidney failure can be detected, the greater the chance of successful treatment to inhibit the damage. Diabetes, high blood pressure and age come with a higher risk of kidney failure, so the Dutch Kidney Foundation urges people aged sixty and over to have their kidney checked every year to expose possible kidney failure.
Right now, these checks often involve laboratory tests in hospitals. The easy-to-use test the TU/e students plan on developing, can reduce costs and the burden for both patients and caregivers. Patients can do the easy, quick, and cheap test at their GP or even at home. It's a biosensor: a device that searches for certain substances, or biomarkers, in blood, urine, perspiration or saliva that show whether someone is sick or not.
The Eindhoven student team will take on teams from England, Sweden, Belgum, and Denmark on September 9 and 10. The protoypes will then be tested and assessed for aspects including precision, user-friendliness, and innovation.
Source: TU/e-department of Biomedical Engineering
The quality of education seems to have slipped at TU/e. In the latest Dutch-language guide to universities (Keuzegids Universiteiten), Eindhoven's university has dropped from third place in the overall ranking to seventh place in the course of a year. "It's understandable but it's not good," says President of the Executive Board Jan Mengelers, "and it is all the more reason to push on with introducing an upper limit on student intake to our programs. This is a result of the strong growth in student numbers."
Eindhoven's iGEM team has arrived in Boston. In the coming days, the students will participate in the Giant Jamboree, competing with nearly three hundred teams from all over the world. Their competition entry is their project GUPPI, in which they propose encapsulating tumors in a gel to prevent them growing and spreading.
As well as professors, from now on associate professors (UHD-1) at TU/e may also confer doctoral degrees on PhD candidates. Sixty associate professors were awarded the right to confer doctoral degrees at the start of this academic year after the move was approved by the Upper House of Parliament in the Netherlands shortly before the summer recess. “We couldn't wait to introduce this here.”
Before you google yet another one of my invented diseases and subsequently begin to question the title of this story, let me tell you this. With a new academic year having begun and a shiny new batch of freshmen accompanying it, the university is full of people suffering from the so-called octopus syndrome.