Biomedical Research at the VUB

Research performed at the 

University Medical Center Brussels

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Today more than ever, our society is facing many challenges in the field of health. Health research at the University Medical Center Brussels merges scientific expertise of dical-sociological research. A main objective is the development of more personalized medicine, with medical decisions, practices, and treatment being tailored to the individual patient. various research teams into 10 specialized clusters. Each cluster consists of several research groups performing basic, pharmaceutical, translational, clinical or me

With this brochure, we invite you to discover the world of biomedical research performed at the University Medical Center Brussels. You will find an extensive overview of the research conducted in a whole array of biomedical topics.

Nine clusters focus  on the following major health challenges:

  • Medical imaging
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Central nervous system disorders
  • Development and ageing
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disorders
  • Oncology
  • Reproduction, genetics and regenerative medicine
  • Public health

In addition, one cluster combines all pharmaceutical research associated in the Pharmaceutical Institute.

Fundamental, translational and clinical research is performed at the University Medical Center Brussels, which includes the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the university hospital UZ Brussel located nearby. With its 700 beds, nearly 30,000 inpatients and 500,000 outpatients are treated yearly. Moreover, close to 350 clinical studies are performed every year, including both academic and industry sponsored phase I-IV trials. Clinical trials are supported centrally by a Clinical Trial Center, which provides assistance in the design, quality control and evaluation of all forms of clinical trials. Furthermore, there is a phase I unit, study nurses service, and a unit of clinical methodology and statistics.

Multidisciplinary health research is also performed in close collaboration with several research teams of the engineering, sciences and humanities faculties of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.