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BIOMED participates in several research networks. Below you can find a summary of these networks: 

  • The MS-Network Limburg: The Biomedical Research Institute (BIOMED) of Hasselt University (UHasselt), the rehabilitation study centre REVAL (UHasselt) and the rehabilitation and MS centre Overpelt joined their forces and founded the MS Network Limburg. The aim of this network is to expand the MS research to develop better care, treatment and guidance of persons with MS.

  • MS DATACONNECT is a multidisciplinary data infrastructure for people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), that serves as a proof-of-concept for multidisciplinary data repositories to enhance research, rehabilitation and care of chronic diseases. The overall aim of MS DATACONNNECT is building an IT platform that combines information from specialists, researchers and patients. This project is an initiative of a consortium of 5 partners involved in MS research, care and rehabilitation. These partners agreed upon sharing their data, which results in a unique set of information and data types.

  • FWO wetenschappelijke onderzoeksgemeenschap
    • multiple sclerose (FWO-WOG-MS): This WOG is financially supported by FWO Flanders and aims at stimulating the collaboration between several MS research groups. Hence, this will lead to exchanging techniques, animal models,... but also to joint project applications and the translation of fundamental research to therapeutic approaches.
    • "Nanoscopy, non-linear and combined microscopy": this research community includes research groups from KULeuven, UGent, UHasselt and a few experts from abroad. The aim is to build up a platform in Flanders. UHasselt (biophysics, Ameloot) contributes to this research community by focusing on using and expanding the possibilities of a label free technique called second harmonic imaging.
  • Methusalem: the methusalem program offers long term financing for Flemish top researchers. BIOMED participates in a methusalem program in collaboration with the research group of Christine Van Broeckhoven (Antwerp University). In the context of this program, BIOMED studies the role of the innate and acquired immune system in several neurological diseases.

  • Interuniversity attraction poles programme (IAP): the aim of this program is to establish networking between research groups on both sides of the language barrier. In this way knowledge and expertise can be exchanged in such a way to reinforce the international position. BIOMED is part of following IAP-consortia:
    • 'excitable cells' led by Karin Sipido (KULeuven) with a central role for neuro and cardio physiology. In close collaboration with Serge Schiffmann (ULB), BIOMED (Brône) focuses on the role of neurotransmitting receptors in the development of the brain (from embryo to adult phases).
    • "T-time" led by Oberdan Leo (ULB), focusses on T cell immunity. Repair mechanisms and immune tolerance are studied at the level of autoimmunity and tumor immunology. BIOMED (Hellings) participates within the autoimmunity research.
    • The IAP Functional Supramolecular Systems will identify and demonstrate new fundamental concepts in light conversion and manipulation, in catalysis and separations, and in design of responsive and adaptable systems, based on concepts of supramolecular assembly and function. Within this context  the Biophysics group aims to improve the optical resolution in second harmonic imaging microscopy.
  • Universitaire Biobank Limburg (UbiLim): The 'Universitaire Biobank Limburg (UBiLim)' is a close collaboration between Hasselt University, Ziekenhuis Oost-Limburg and Jessa hospital and was founded to support the translational research performed by the three partners. Scientific research, which has an impact on health care, founds upon good documented and high quality body material, stocked in a biobank. The availability of this material within the biobank can shorten the time of performing research and amplifies conclusions of the obtained results. Studies, based on biobank procedures can significantly faster contribute to health care in general. Contact: prof.dr. Veerle Somers

  • EURON: The European Graduate School of Neuroscience is an international research and training network of ten universities in Belgium, Germany, France, the Netherlands and others. EURON partners aim to share expertise, knowledge and infrastructure to offer Master and PhD students a unique chance to broaden their research competencies and by stimulating mobility. In addition, EURON strives towards joint PhD degrees between partner universities and towards the accreditation of a joint Master program in Neuroscience.