7 Jul 2017 Amsterdam - Nathalie de Vent and Joost Agelink van Rentergem of the University of Amsterdam are the winners of the Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award 2017, the annual award for the most innovative scientific idea of all Amsterdam knowledge and research institutes. They received the award for the Advanced Neuropsychological Diagnostics Infrastructure (ANDI), a new online infrastructure for the improvement of neuropsychological diagnostics. The eScience Center participated in this project, developing an interactive web application.
Advanced Neuropsychological Diagnostics Infrastructure (ANDI) is a website for the analysis of neuropsychological test results to improve the diagnosis of brain trauma or brain disease. ANDI has a large database of representative standard data of healthy controls, which makes the comparison of a patient with the standard group more precise than when the traditional standard tables are used. Also, demographic background variables are taken into account in this equation. Nathalie de Vent stated: "This way, ANDI facilitates and improves neuropsychological diagnostics, which can also improve care for patients with brain diseases."
ANDI - the brainchild of Prof. Ben Schmand - has already attracted donations for 49 researchers and is currently live. ANDI's important innovation is that by combining multiple datasets it offers norms for combinations of diagnostic tests.
Nathalie de Vent and Joost Agelink van Rentergem received the prize of 10,000 euro from Mirjam van Praag, chairman of the jury. "ANDI can make the difference for thousands of people. The jury was initially surprised that such a platform did not already exist: it sounds like something that is practically possible and that serves a clear question. ANDI takes this up and uses Big Data and networks in an innovative way", stated Mirjam van Praag.
The High Potential Award was won by Kenneth Chin of the Academic Medical Center for a new optical imaging technique for nerve identification during surgery.
The Audience Award went to Juultje Sommers of the Academic Medical Center and Marike van der Schaaf of the Academic Medical Center and the University of Amsterdam for the ICU Mill: a mobile, simple and safe solution for rehabilitation of patients on Intensive Care.
The Amsterdam Science & Innovation Award is the annual award for the most innovative idea with a social and/or commercial application, derived from scientific research. This year is the twelfth edition of this award. The Award is organized by Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA). Partners of the Award are the City of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Science Park, Sanquin, NKI-AVL, Rabobank, Port of Amsterdam, Equinix, Surfsara and De Vries & Metman.