European Week of Regions and Cities
7-10 OCTOBER 2019 Brussels

East Netherlands Region: for a Healthier Europe

Wed 10, October 2018
11:30 - 12:00
East Netherlands Region wants to give healthcare entrepreneurs access to expertise and resources. A coherent range of support and investment programmes have been created, aimed at preventing disease and improving quality of life. By working together, we bridge the gap between science, industry and societal acceptance. Examples of projects include "e-Health" and "Fotonica". A bird's-eye view of innovation participants: East Netherlands triple helix partners, Arnhem Nijmegen Region, City of Wageningen, Clean Tech Region, Regio FoodValley, FruitDelta Rivierenland, Province of Overijssel and more. This is also a chance to meet our region and partners at the exhibition and tasting events at Square. Get an exclusive insight into the region's innovations on health and food!
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Albert Van Den Berg, Scientific Director Mesa+ Institute For Nanotechnologie; Initiator Of Topfit Programme, University Of Twente, New Zealand.
10TK10
EURegions talks
Research and innovation
East Netherlands Region
english (en)
Building SQUARE - Brussels Convention Centre, Room 213.
Address: Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels

Session summary

Will we soon have an avatar monitoring our health? Can we use big data to predict illnesses and prevent diseases? In what way can digitalisation contribute to a healthier lifestyle? How does this improve our quality of life and life expectancy? Professor Albert van den Berg spoke about a ‘human avatar’ - a virtual copy of yourself. He outlined the opportunities that digital technology offers health care. By combining digital technology and tailored medication, it becomes possible to focus on health instead of disease: better disease prevention, quick diagnosis, more accurate monitoring and targeted medication and tailor-made treatments.

Through this EURegion talk you have been inspired by the latest developments in (nano) technology and have gotten a picture of how health care in the future can look revolutionary.

Who is professor Albert van den Berg? He is professor of sensor systems for biomedical and environmental applications at the University of Twente. In 2009 he received the Spinoza Prize for his research into the manipulation and movement of fluids at micro and nano level.

Take away message

Th!nk East Netherlands gave a look into the future of health during the EUregion talk. Professor Albert van den Berg inspired by presenting a digital twin as a means to prevent disease and promote health. Will you join us and work together on digital health solutions? Think health? Th!nk East Netherlands!



"In 20 years from now, having a digital twin to monitor your health will be the norm. We invite all stakeholders to join us in this development."

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