European ‘Advanced Grant’ for Prof. Nico Verdonschot

The European Commission has awarded Prof. Nico Verdonschot a grant worth €2.5 million. The grant will enable Nico Verdonschot to continue and expand his pioneering work in the field of diagnostic and evaluation methods for orthopaedic patients.

Diagnostic and evaluation methods are used to assess medical aspects such as the specific characteristics of an internally damaged knee. At present, specialists often rely on still images (x-ray, MRI, CT). Verdonschot’s research group aims to develop methods that will enable specialists to make dynamic recordings of any changes and turn them into personalized biomechanical models. This will give orthopaedic specialists a better basis on which to identify structures that have been damaged and work out how best to repair them. Furthermore, the group will develop a new monitoring system capable of accurately mapping a patient’s walking pattern in the clinic. This detailed information will allow specialists to make a specific diagnosis for individual patients and improve the overall quality of care.
The entire project is based on a partnership between the Orthopaedics Department of UMC St. Radboud, the University of Twente and Eindhoven University of Technology. Most of the €2.5 million grant will be used to appoint researchers in Nijmegen and Twente.