Department of Electrical Engineering

Center for Care & Cure Technology Eindhoven (C3Te)

The purpose of C3Te is to promote health-related R&D and education at various levels: through complementary, multidisciplinary health-related projects within Electrical Engineering, working in synergy with partners and participating in TU/e flagship programs.

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C3Te covers four essential areas where electrical engineering technologies can make a significant contribution: perinatology (mother&child care), cardiology, oncology, neurology

The Center for Care & Cure Technology Eindhoven (C3Te) focuses on multi-disciplinary research and innovation in the field of healthcare. The technological strengths of the TU/e Department of Electrical Engineering play a crucial role in this work, including sensing, modeling, imaging, monitoring, minimally-invasive interventions, ICT embedded systems and ubiquitous computing.

News

Symposium 'NeuroStimulate: The Future'

On the sunny afternoon of Wednesday May 24th, student association Eir organized their first symposium. The visitors of the symposium could enjoy the view on the rooftop terrace on one side as well as a variety of interesting talks right in from of them.

C3Te Colloquium: 'PerStim, a new approach to neurostimulation'

On May 10th 2020, the Center for Care & Cure Technology Eindhoven (C3Te) organized their first colloquium on neurostimulation.

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Our center forms the fertile grounds required for developing truly innovative technologies with clinical impact, in close collaboration with medical and industrial experts.

Maarten Paulides, Scientific Director C3TE

Research Programs

Example Project PerStim: Targeting epilepsy with electrodes on the head

Stimulating the brain with implanted electrodes is a successful, but very drastic measure. Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology, Kempenhaeghe, Philips Neuro and Gent University will therefore be working on a method to stimulate the brain using electrodes that are placed on the head rather than inside it. Their goal is to customize treatment for patients with severe epilepsy. The basic idea of the project, called PerStim, is simple, says Paul Boon, clinical research leader and professor at UGent and TU Eindhoven. "When we have located the source of the seizure, we target an electrical stimulus at that spot that is exactly the opposite of the measured activity. As a result, the seizure should be 'extinguished'. We will investigate this with both direct and alternating currents." Read more

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Meet some of our Researchers

Partners

Strategic collaboration is established with regional hospitals: Maxima Medisch Centrum, Catharina ziekenhuis and Kempenhaeghe. Also AMC, Erasmus and Jeroen Bosch ziekenhuis are important partners in clinical research.

A flourishing industrial environment in the
 Healthcare area represents an additional strength
point, given the existing tight collaboration of Electrical Engineering
 with several industrial partners, especially aimed at the implementation and valorisation of our scientific and technical results. Particularly the healthcare area, being so variegated and multidisciplinary, experiences the growth of many small companies. Through collaboration with the TU/e Innovation Lab, Electrical Engineering can exploit this opportunity with new healthcare ventures. Electrical Engineering has already a strong track record with successful spinoffs such as Medecs, Vabrema, and Nemo Healthcare. When successful, spinoff companies can open up additional funding opportunities.

In general, through tight collaboration with strategic clinical and industrial partners, Electrical Engineering can aim at establishing itself as an example for the unique combination of academic excellence and clinical/industrial relevance. TU/e is recognized worldwide for the ability to collaborate with industrial partners, easing our networking strategy also in the healthcare area.

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Education - Mastertrack Care and Cure

C3Te supports a special master program Care and Cure.

The healthcare market is an increasingly important consumer of technological and, especially, electrical engineering applications. These range from the complex and specialist equipment in hospitals, such as MRI scanners, to the small gadgets and tools that enable people to continue living in their own home environments for longer, such as a wireless alarm system. Between these two extremes lie countless applications such as pacemakers, monitors of all sorts of biological signals, diagnostic equipment and resources used in the curative process. The development of these applications is the subject of the Care and Cure program. This is a highly dynamic field which integrates knowledge in the fields of electrical engineering, mathematics, computer science, physics, and biology. Read more

HEALTHCARE INNOVATIONS THAT ENHANCE DAILY LIFE

Bringing technical innovations all the way from early research to implementation and commercialization can often take a long time. In healthcare innovation, in particular, this lost time can often equate to lost lives. The goal of the Eindhoven MedTech Innovation Center (e/MTIC) is to create and expand an ecosystem that strongly increases the speed of high-tech health innovation, maximizing value for patients. We consider such an ecosystem to be an unmet need and a unique opportunity for the Brainport region to make significant contributions to visionary new developments in healthcare. e/MTIC is a large-scale research collaboration between the Catharina Hospital (CH), the Maxima Medical Center (MMC), Kempenhaeghe Epilepsy and Sleep Center (KH), Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and Royal Philips Eindhoven (RPE) in the domains cardiovascular medicine, perinatal medicine and sleep medicine. The partnership has evolved over several decades, has a strong scientific and valorization track record and currently encompasses around 100 PhD students, supervised by a similar number of experts from the various partners. Read more

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