Three nominees for Medical Inspirator award 2017

The ZonMw programme ‘Medical Products: New and Necessary!’ (MPNN) initiated the prize to stimulate end-users to form alliances with Dutch research groups, and where possible with care givers and/or businesses. The goal is to stimulate research into medical products of which patients, clients, elderly and/or caregiver have indicated that these are needed. These products are focused on the treatment of the disease, or to enhance the quality of life. A jury of experts and representatives of end-users selected three projects out of 21 submissions. One of the nominees involves a collaboration with the IMDI Core SPRINT.

3 Nominees

The three nominees for the most inspiring collaboration are:

’Partner in Balance’ in practice: everyone in balance by researcher Lizzy Boots (MUMC) and caregiver Jenny Tillie-Hecker.

The pressure on caregivers of people with dementia is increasing due to social development. In close cooperation with caregivers, the eHealth course Partner in Balance has been developed. The desire is to make this self-management intervention available to every caregiver in the Netherlands.

IV-Wear by researcher Bart Verkerke (UMCG, IMDI Core SPRINT) and patient Anne Doering

In The Netherlands, more than 1 million patients receive an infusion every year after a larger operation. The infusion pole is a barrier to doorsteps, trampling and moving in small spaces such as toilets. Together with a representative of the patient, the project members came up with a portable infusion bag. With this project, researchers and patients continue the development of this product.

A Smart App for Breath by researcher Erik Bischoff and patient Joep Fleuren

Smart devices can play an important role in chronic patients. Together with patients, the COPD Smart Care Assistant, a smart app for breathing, has been developed. This app recognizes early lung attacks and gives immediate treatment advice. With the support of the researchers, COPD patients themselves make an experiment to examine the influence of the app.

Public Vote

Each nominee will make a promotional film for their project under the guidance of professionals. We will show these films on our website. The general public will determine by voting which project will win and what projects are 2nd and 3rd. The winner will receive € 75.000,-, the runner up will receive € 50.000,-, and 3rd place will receive € 25.000,-. The voting will start in October 2017.

Through these inspiring films we want to encourage patients to take action and to stimulate researchers to involve patients in their research.

More information on the prize and previous winners: For questions please contact Sandra van ‘t Padje ( or 070 349 52 17).