Committee of Reccommendations

This is the Committee of Recommendations for this Studytour. These people all support the studytour by stating the following:

“I declare to fully support the study tour to Japan, planned in the spring of 2018, for students of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.

The University of Technology Eindhoven is a prestigious Dutch Technological University, one of the leading Technological Universities in Europe.

Therefore I am willing to participate in the Committee of Recommendation of this study tour. With this statement I emphasize the importance of the initiative, which clearly contributes to the relations between Japan and the Netherlands and in particular the cooperation in the important areas of science and technology. I recommend institutes to support the study tour of the students of Eindhoven University of Technology and to ensure a successful visit.” 

Prof. Dr. Bert Meijer

Professor E.W. (Bert) Meijer was born in Groningen, the Netherlands, in 1955. He studied at the University of Groningen, where he obtained his PhD degree cum laude in 1982. Bert Meijer has performed his PhD research in the field of organic chemistry with a study on chemiluminescence of 1,2-dioxetanes under the supervision of professor H. Wynberg.

He worked for 10 years in industry with Philips Research and DSM research.  In 1991, Bert Meijer started as professor in Organic Chemistry in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). He received in 2001 the Spinoza premium from NWO. In 2002 he was appointed also as professor in the newly established Department of Biomedical Engineering in Eindhoven. From 2004, he is appointed as Distinguished University Professor of Molecular Sciences at his University.

Since 2008 Bert Meijer is Scientific Director of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (TU/e). The Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences awarded him in 2014 with KNAW academy professorship.

Prof. Dr. Ir. Frank Baaijens

Frank Baaijens is in 2015 appointed as the Rector Magnificus of the Eindhoven University of Technology by the Supervisory Board of the TU/e. Besides, he is also full professor in Soft Tissue Biomechanics & Tissue Engineering. He received his PhD degree from the Eindhoven University of Technology in 1987 with prof. J.D. Janssen as his supervisor. In 1985 he joined Philips Research Laboratories in Eindhoven to work on Computational Mechanics. Since 1990 he has been part time professor in the Polymer Group of the division of Computational and Experimental Mechanics of the Eindhoven University of Technology, in the area of Computational Rheology. In july 1995 he was appointed full professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. In October 2002 he was appointed full professor in the Department of BioMedical Engineering (division of Biomechanics and Tissue Engineering). From 2003-2007 he was Dean of the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and he is currently Scientific Director of the national research program on BioMedical Materials (BMM). His current research focusses on soft tissue biomechanics and tissue engineering.

Prof. Dr. Volkher Scharnhorst

Volkher Scharnhorst received his PhD for research on ‘W1 proteins and their functions in growth and differentiation’ at the department of Medical Biochemistry at Leiden University in 2000. After his PhD he became a resident in clinical chemistry in the clinical laboratory of Máxima Medical Centre in Veldhoven. During his time as resident Volkher Scharnhorst became lecturer chemical pathology at the Fontys Hogeschool. He received his admission to the registry of clinical chemists in 2004 after which he became a clinical chemist at Atrium Medisch Centrum. In 2006, he continued his career in Catharina Hospital. In 2007, he was appointed member of the Medical Ethics Board (METC) and became head of the clinical laboratory of Catharina Hospital. His research focuses on use of biomarkers in diagnosing and monitoring disease with emphasis on improvement of analytical techniques and interpretation of test results. In 2012, the Technical University Eindhoven installed him as lecturer and in 2014 as professor in Clinical Chemistry in the Chemical Biology section of the faculty Biomedical Engineering.

Prof. Dr. Ir. Bart ter Haar Romenij

Bart M. ter Haar Romeny is full professor of Biomedical Image Analysis at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Eindhoven Technical University. Before, he was associate professor at the Image Sciences Institute (ISI) of Utrecht University (1989-2001). He received a M.S. in Applied Physics from Delft University of Technology in 1978, did military service (Royal Dutch Navy officer) and acquired his Ph.D. from Utrecht University in 1983. He then became the principal physicist of the Utrecht University Hospital Radiology Department and (1986-1989) clinical project leader of the Dutch PACS project. Research interests: His interests are medical image analysis, its foundations and clinical applications. In order to understand image structure and analysis, a close look is taken to the human visual system. His interests are in particular the mathematical modelling of front-end vision, linear and non-linear scale-space theory, medical computer vision applications, picture archiving and communication systems, differential geometry and visual perception. He authored several papers and book chapters on these issues, edited a book on non-linear diffusion theory in Computer Vision and is involved in (resp. initiated) a number of international collaborations on these subjects.

Prof. Dr. Ir. Cees Oomens

Cees Oomens is full professor in Biomechanics of Soft Tissues. He studied Physics at Eindhoven University of Technology. He obtained his PhD at Twente University (1985) on a study on the mechanical behaviour of skin. Currently his research is focussed on damage and adaptation of soft biological tissues. A hierarchical approach is used ranging from studies on cultured cells, tissue engineered constructs of muscle and skin, in-vivo animal studies and human studies. Theoretical models include convective and diffusive transport processes in deforming structures and interaction with growth, synthesis and damage development. Application fields are the modelling of cardiac tissue, remodeling of heart valves and blood vessels, multi-scale modeling of cartilage, skin mechanics and skin rejuvenation. A major application field is a study on the aetiology of pressure ulcers. The goals are to develop an objective method to identify patients at risk of developing a pressure ulcer and to develop techniques for early detection of deep tissue injury. Since September 2009 he is president of the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel . He is the first author of the text book: Biomechanics: Concepts and Computation

Prof. Dr. Josien Pluim

Josien Pluim’s research entails medical image analysis in a broad sense, with a particular focus on image registration, digital pathology and image analysis for oncology. Both the theoretical side of method development and the applied side of working on medical problems appeal. Accordingly, she combines her professorship in Eindhoven with a part-time appointment at the UMC Utrecht.

Her scientific career started in the north of the country, with an MSc in Computer Science at the University of Groningen. Her interest in medical applications brought her to the UMC Utrecht for a Master’s research project. In 2001 she obtained her PhD at the Image Sciences Institute of the UMC Utrecht, on mutual information-based image registration. After her graduation, she enjoyed half a year at the Image Processing and Analysis Group, Yale University. She returned to Utrecht and headed the Image Registration group until her appointment at the TU/e in 2014.

She is an associate editor for five journals in the field, including IEEE TMI, IEEE TBME and Medical Image Analysis. She was programme chair of several international conferences (SPIE Medical Imaging, MICCAI) and serves on the Board of Directors of the MICCAI Society.


Prof. Dr. Ir. Menno Prins

Prof. Prins studied Applied Physics at Delft University of Technology (cum laude). He received a PhD from Radboud University Nijmegen in 1995. Thereafter he moved to Philips Research where he worked on microfluidics and point-of-care biosensing. Since 2005 he has also worked as parttime professor at Eindhoven University of Technology in the department of Applied Physics, where he has set up a group studying biophysical detection and manipulation techniques based on magnetic and plasmonic particles.

Since 1 August 2014 prof. Prins is fulltime professor in the departments of BioMedical Engineering and Applied Physics, in the field of Molecular Biosensing for Medical Diagnostics (MBx). The research focuses on novel detection principles and novel molecular systems for particle-based in-vitro and in-vivo biosensing, aiming at biomolecular detection in complex environments with high sensitivity, specificity and biocompatibility. The activities are part of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) and the Strategic Area Health (SA Health).

Prof. Dr. Keita Ito

Prof. Dr. Keita Ito Received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 1985 on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and he received his M.S. in 1987. He then went on to get a Sc.D. in Medical Engineering and Medical Physics in 1994 on MIT. In 1995 he has gotten his M.D. on the Harvard Medical School in Boston.
Ito has been working for the AO Research Institute in Davos, Switzerland as a post-doc and later as vice-director. From 2004 he has been present on Eindhoven University of Technology and in 2007 he was appointed a full professor in Orthopaedic Biomechanics in the department of Biomedical Engineering.
His research interest is mostly focused on the mechanobiology and regenerative medicine pertaining to the intervertebral disc, bone and cartilage.

Prof. Dr. Marc van Samsbeek

Prof. Dr. Marc van Samsbeek is a vascular surgeon at the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven. He was a appointed a doctor by the University of Nijmegen in 1986. After he did military service, he followed a course to become a surgeon in Rotterdam in the Erasmus Medical Centre. In 1995 he was appointed a surgeon and in 1997 a vascular surgeon. His focus is mainly on minimal invasion vascular surgery. From 2008, he is appointed a vascular surgeon at Catharina Hospital. In 2017 he was appointed a full professor at Eindhoven University of Technology on the faculty Biomedical Engineering.
He is performing a lot of scientific research and is a speaker on a lot of international congresses.

Prof. Dr. Rianne Letschert

Prof. dr. Rianne Letschert (1976) studied International Law at Tilburg University, the University of Amsterdam and the University of Montpellier. She obtained her PhD at Tilburg University with a thesis titled ‘The impact of minority rights mechanisms’ (2005), dealing with competing international organisations making policy and law on national minorities.

In March 2011 Letschert was appointed professor to the new chair of victimology and international law at Tilburg University. From April 2010 to August 2010 she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge (UK), and Research Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge, where she was offered a lifelong membership. In 2014 she was Visiting Professor at the University of Barcelona. Letschert has authored and edited several book publications and articles in national and international journals.

In May 2015 she was awarded a Vidi grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research on the impact of international tribunals on societies and individuals that have been confronted with serious human rights violations and international crimes. She is expert consultant for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon on victim issues. Apart from her position as professor she served as director of the International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT). In 2012, Letschert joined De Jonge Akademie (Young Academy) of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences of which she became chairperson in April 2015.

Prof. dr. Rianne Letschert was appointed Rector of Maastricht University on 1 September 2016

Prof. Dr. Ir. Jan van Hest

Jan van Hest obtained his PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology in 1996 in macro-organic chemistry with prof E.W. Meijer. He worked as a postdoc with prof D.A. Tirrell on protein engineering. In 1997 he joined the chemical company DSM in the Netherlands. In 2000 he was appointed full professor in Bio-organic chemistry at Radboud University Nijmegen. As of September 2016 he holds the chair of Bio-organic Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology. The group’s focus is to develop well-defined compartments for nanomedicine and artificial cell research. Using a combination of techniques from polymer science to protein engineering, well-defined carriers and scaffolds are developed for application in e.g.  cancer treatment, immunology and ophthalmology.

  Van Hest was elected member of the “Jonge Akademie”, (The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) in 2005. He has won a TOP grant (2007) and a VICI grant (2010), the highest personal career grant obtainable through open competition in the Netherlands.  In 2012 he was one of the main applicants of the 10-year gravitation program on functional molecular systems (26.9 M€, with the universities of Eindhoven, Groningen and Nijmegen).  In 2016 he was awarded an ERC Advanced grant, and currently also coordinates the Horizon 2020 ITN Network Nanomed, dedicated to developing smart delivery carriers in medicine.  Van Hest is associate editor of Bioconjugate Chemistry. He is furthermore an advisory board member of Macromolecular Bioscience, Biomacromolecules, Journal of Materials Chemistry, Chemical Science and ACS Central Science. He has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry of the UK.

36 PhD students have obtained their doctorate degree under his supervision, and he currently supervises 18 PhD students.  He has published more than 300 papers (H factor 56). He is also cofounder of four start-up companies (Encapson, FutureChemistry, Noviosense and Noviotech).

Prof. Dr. Ir. Luc Brunsveld

Luc Brunsveld earned his Ph.D. (2001) in the field of supramolecular chemistry and was a post-doctoral fellow working on protein semi-synthesis. Subsequently he became group leader medicinal chemistry at Organon (now Merck). In 2005 he started a research group at the MPI in Dortmund working of supramolecular chemical biology and subsequently also became group leader at the Chemical Genomics Centre of the Max Planck Society working on Nuclear Receptor protein interactions. In 2008 he became professor of chemical biology in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology. His research interests are focused on chemical biology approaches studying protein interactions, particularly nuclear receptors, and on combining supramolecular chemistry with chemical biology to modulate biological systems.

Dr. Lech Milroy

After an internship of a year (1999-2000) working in a materials science group at Pfizer, Sandwich, UK, Lech-Gustav (Lech) Milroy (1981) studied Chemistry with Industrial Experience at the University of Edinburgh and received his MChem degree with first class honors in 2004. As part of the MChem degree program, Lech completed an industrial placement (2002-2003) at Astra Zeneca, Reims, France working on a kinase related drug discovery program. Lech then went on to obtain a PhD degree in 2008 under the guidance of prof. Steven V. Ley CBE FRS at the University of Cambridge, where his thesis work focused on the design, synthesis and biological evaluation of natural product-inspired small molecules. Subsequently, Lech received an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship in 2008 and moved to the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology in Dortmund, Germany to work with Profs. Herbert Waldmann and Hans-Dieter Arndt on the diverted total synthesis of molecular tools derived from complex natural products targeting the actin cytoskeleton. From 2010 to 2012, Lech worked as a postdoc in the Chemical Biology group at the TU/e where he was appointed assistant professor end of 2012. Lech’s research focuses on the synthesis of biologically active small molecules with various applications: for drug development, as chemical tools to elucidate the inner workings of the cell, and for the development of new nanomaterials. Lech also lectures on Bachelor’s level bio-organic chemistry and Master’s level organic chemistry.


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