This week’s short healthcare news focuses on the 3D Human Organ Atlas with extremely high resolution images of human organs and the presentation of three nursing prizes during the Care for the Future symposium of the CWZ. Also attention is paid to Dr. Inge Wortel’s AI project for analyzing cell movements.
3D Human Organ Atlas
Within the Human Organ Atlas Hub (HOAHub) project, extremely high resolution images of human organs are made. The images are created using the particle accelerator in Grenoble. Such images have now been made of more than 50 organs, such as lungs, brains, hearts, kidneys, spleens and livers. The organs used for this 3D atlas come from the bodies of people who have made themselves available to science.
The scans have a resolution of 25 microns, which is approximately twenty times the resolution of a clinical CT scanner. It can then zoom in on small areas with a resolution of <1 micron, which is five hundred times the resolution of a CT scanner. Bernadette de Bakker is a doctor and imaging specialist and plays an important role at the HOAHub. In the video below she explains why this research is so important.
Care for the Future
At the end of October, the symposium ‘Care for the Future’ was held in the Auditorium of the CWZ. The central focus was the presentation of three nursing prizes: the CWZ nursing science prize, the EBP (Evidence Based Practice) prize and the nursing thesis prize. The nominees of each category presented their research during the symposium.
Keetie Kreemers, nurse specialist in orthopedics and traumatology, won the CWZ nursing science prize. She conducted research into bladder catheterization after hip and knee arthroplasty. The EBP prize was won by Yvette Vernooij, Laurien Kanis and Petra Woolderink, nurses from the C40 surgery department. They wondered whether patients could shower prior to surgery to prevent postoperative wound infections or whether showering would have an effect on perioperative hypothermia. The third prize, the nursing thesis prize, went to Mieke Heitkamp – van Deursen, nurse specialist in neurology/neurosurgery, with her research into the experiences and support needs during detox treatment in patients suffering from medication overuse headaches.
AiNed Fellowship Scholarship
Thanks to the allocation of an AiNed Fellowship Grant, Dr. Inge Wortel will soon be able to start a research project entitled ‘AI and Simulations for Decoding the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Immune Responses’ at Radboud University Nijmegen.
Cell movement is crucial in health and disease. Scientists can film that movement with microscopes. Because these videos are difficult to analyze, Inge Wortel’s project is developing AI to help with this. AI thus accelerates new discoveries in important research areas such as immunology and cancer research.
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