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RESEARCH NETWORKS

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.

  • The MS DATACONNECT research project aims to build a database in which all information collected about persons with MS is brought together. The project will provide IT solutions to bundle collected data (by healthcare providers and patients). In addition, clinical and research data willa lso be stored. The database will be made available for scientific research, but also for questions from the industry (safety and effectiveness of new medication) and the RIZIV.  The ultimate goal is to improve care for MS and to strive for a world in which every patient receives the most optimal treatment.
     

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Euro-BioImaging:  We also take part in the European Research Infrastructure for Imaging Technologies in Biological and Biomedical Sciences (Euro-BioImaging), that provides open physical user access to a broad range of state-of-the-art technologies in biological and biomedical imaging for life scientists. In addition, EuBI offers image data support and training for infrastructure users and providers.

  • EURLIPIDS : a Virtual Platform for Lipid Research.  Building on the Euregio’ s knowledge and expertise in the field of lipid-technologies, the projects aims at establishing an excellence platform for lipid-based research and technological solutions ("Lipid Valley"). Bringing together research institutes, clinics, industrial partners and SMEs, the platform will be built on three pillars: (1) a study component for MA and PhD students to strengthen the human capacities for lipid research in the EMR; (2) research for new analytical methods (biomarkers, biomedical materials); (3) economic valorization of the research activities through the development and market launch of new clinical products. Indeed, as underlined by the partnership, the planned research and valorization activities shall lead to patent-protected solutions which will enable the participating industrial partners, SMEs and resulting spin-offs to  gain direct advantage from their participation in the project.