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Limburg Clinical Research Program

Limburg Clinical Research Program

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Bundled forces, better patient care

To further develop the medical-scientific research in Limburg, the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences of Hasselt University (UHasselt) and the two largest regional hospitals Hospital East Limburg (ZOL, Genk) and Jessa Hospital (Jessa, Hasselt) joined forces in the 'Limburg Clinical Research Program' (LCRP). Within this partnership, translational scientific research is carried out in various medical domains in order to develop better prevention, detection, treatment and care.

With this research, the partners want to strengthen healthcare, innovation and training in the region. The main focus is on PhD research. Collaboration between academic researchers, clinicians and the life sciences and health care community creates a dynamic environment for patient-oriented research activities in the region. Together with various partners, we try to convert the new knowledge into concrete applications in healthcare. Broad communication on medical developments and health promotion is an additional objective of the LCRP.

LCRP also invests in scientific platforms that support and reinforce research from a broad approach, namely the Mobile Health Unit, the University Biobank Limburg (UBiLim) and a platform for Rehabilitation & Assistive Technologies.

LCRP is financially supported by Limburg Sterk Merk (LSM), UHasselt, the hospitals Jessa and ZOL, and the Flemish and Limburg governments through the Strategic Action Plan Limburg in the Kwadraat (SALK).

Contributing to better healthcare

The LCRP wants to contribute to better healthcare. Research and innovation are crucial for a qualitative and ever better healthcare sector. That is why doctors, caregivers and scientists work together within the LCRP on:

  • new treatments for heart disease;
  • better detection methods for lung cancer and multiple myeloma;
  • innovative measurement techniques to limit neurological damage after cardiac arrest;
  • more effective detection and treatment methods for preeclampsia;
  • the most optimal conditions for storage of sperm in a Limburg sperm bank and for successful pregnancies;
  • the identification of the immunological factors, as well as environmental factors, lifestyle and specific micro-organisms for the development of appendicitis;
  • optimal reach, adherence and treatment of risk groups with hepatitis C;
  • ...

LCRP in numbers

Below you will find a number of figures from 2010-2015.

  • More than 30 PhDs started: 30 in progress; 6 successfully completed
  • 172 scientific articles with impact in international journals
  • 163 poster presentations and 190 oral presentations at international conferences and symposia