A new step in healthcare Mar 22, 2019
Prof. dr. Piet STINISSEN
UHasselt, Jessa Hospital and Hospital East-Limburg (ZOL) are taking healthcare in Limburg to the next level by founding the Limburg Clinical Research Center (LCRC). After almost 10 years of medical research in Limburg, the Limburg Clinical Research Program (LCRP) transformed into the LCRC. A research center, whose goal is to reinforce the top medical scientific research that is conducted to provide healthcare of the highest level for the patient.
A UNIQUE COLLABORATION
“Take care of the patient and everything else will follow” – Thomas Frist.
The LCRP, founded in 2010 with the financial support of LSM and SALK, was a collaboration between the two hospitals and Hasselt University. Their common goal was to transform patient-driven medical scientific research as well as boost the economy in the province of Limburg, Belgium. Almost a decade later, over 100 academic researchers have joined the ranks with R&D projects in a wide variety of medical fields like cardiology, gynecology/fertility, infectious diseases, oncology, neurology, anesthesia, and orthopedics. Collaboration on this scale with regards to education and research is truly unique within Flanders.
FROM FIBRICHECK TO A LASER CENTER
In recent years, the LCRP experienced a fast growth with over 60 new Ph.D. students, 400 scientific publications, and multiple collaborative projects with various (inter)national partners. This resulted in the development of better treatment regimes, diagnosis and prevention measures. Examples are the creation of a new Laser Center, which will be a unique international educational center for laser therapy, and the founding of the spin-off Qompium/Fibricheck that created a ground-breaking CE-marked and FDA approved detection app for cardiac arrhythmias. All of this makes LCRP into a unique environment for physicians, specialists, paramedics, and researchers.
A RESEARCH PROGRAM BECOMES A RESEARCH CENTER
Now that the financial support is coming to an end, the three partners – ZOL, Jessa and UHasselt – are committing themselves to continue the LCRP and to rebrand and expand it into an academic clinical research center. A center with regional and international ambitions that wants to stimulate academic education, medical care of the highest quality, and healthcare innovation.
For UHasselt, the LCRC will ensure the academic foundation for current and future courses, such as (bio)medical sciences. It will also ensure support for the medical care of both hospitals through scientific research and give young doctors and researchers the opportunity to realize their research aspirations. The Limburg Clinical Research Center literately introduces scientific research into the hospitals, which will bring benefit to the patients.