Young scientist wins award for using Artificial Intelligence in 3D printing body parts

10 Oct 2016 - 2 min

Maureen van Eijnatten (25) from VU University Medical Center has won the Young eScientist Award 2016. The prize aims to stimulate a young scientist demonstrating excellence in eScience: the development or application of digital technology to address scientific challenges. Van Eijnatten will receive 10.000 Euro to stimulate her research, as well as half a year of support by an eScience Engineer (experts in the application of digital technology in research). The prize will be used to undertake a joint research project.

3D printing of human body parts

Van Eijnatten’s research focuses on challenges faced in medical 3D printing of human body parts. Critical steps in medical 3D printing are image acquisition and image processing, even more than the printing process itself. Translating ‘human data’ into ‘virtual data’ is error-prone and subsequently results in voids in the 3D surface model of the patient. This can lead to misfitting 3D printed implants and life-threatening complications during and after surgery. Van Eijnatten hypothesizes that the application of deep learning algorithms leads to more accurate implants.

The result of this research could open new avenues for individualized treatments all over the world and will allow surgeries to be performed more accurately, shorten the intervention period, minimize complications and reduce costs.

About the Netherlands eScience Center

The Netherlands eScience Center is the national hub for the development and application of domain overarching software and methods for the scientific community. In support of this goal the eScience Center funds and participates in multidisciplinary projects, with academia and industry, with optimized data-handling, efficient computing and big-data analytics at their core. The eScience Center is a joint initiative of the Dutch national research council (NWO) and the Dutch organization for ICT in education and research (SURF).

More information about the Young eScientist Award: or contact .

Image: Elodie Burrillon / HUCOPIX
From left to right: Maureen van Eijnatten (VU Medical Center Amsterdam) & Prof. Rob van Nieuwpoort (Netherlands eScience Center)