Research Introduction

LUMC strongly underpins the idea that ‘Science is the driving force behind innovative healthcare’. Outcomes of top level fundamental, translational and clinical research by LUMC researchers form a strong basis for innovative and qualitative healthcare on a national, European and international level.

A real game changer was the development of the Dutch national research agenda (NWA) in 2015. The agenda reveals the complexity of the issues challenging Dutch society today. These issues are clustered in so called routes. LUMC is involved in many of these routes and contributes this way to solving important societal challenges.

Core task research

Research possibilities within the LUMC

LUMC is a modern university medical center for research, education and patient care with a high quality profile and a strong scientific orientation. Its unique research practice, ranging from pure fundamental medical research to applied clinical research, places LUMC among the world top. Researchers at LUMC work together around 7 medical research profiles (MRP): Vascular and Regenerative Medicine; Immunity, Infection and Tolerance; Translational Neuroscience; Cancer Pathogenesis and Therapy; Ageing; Innovation in Health Strategy and Quality of Care; and Biomedical Imaging.

LUMC has collaborative research alliances with leading institutes and consortia around the world. In these alliances, inter-disciplinary and inter-sectoral approaches are used to address current scientific and societally-relevant issues. To find solutions to these complex societal challenges, LUMC is involved in research collaborations and alliances that ideally include non-academic representatives such as commercial enterprises and special interest groups in addition to classic academic research institutions. 

Quality of Research

LUMC is strongly committed towards integrity of research. There is a special Integrity code that researchers have to follow when conducting research. All animal, person related, embryo, stem cell and research with human body material has to comply to the highest possible integrity code standards. This is part of Good Research Practice (GRP).

Quality is an important aspect of research. LUMC maintains high quality research programmes. To measure this quality, the guidelines of the Standard Evaluation Protocol (SEP) are used. Once every six years an external review is performed by an independent audit committee. This guarantees that the quality of excellent research is maintained.

Research Support

To help researchers with questions related to any facet of research, LUMC created the research support desk. The Research Support Desk aims to bundle all research related expertise and support units for researchers within the LUMC. Examples are e.g. queries concerning legislation and guidelines, grant applications, financial issues and how to approach data collection and analysis.

Graduate School 

The Graduate School of Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) offers medical and biomedical PhD students a highly reputed research environment, excellent infrastructure and supervision, and in-depth scientific and transferable skill courses jointly developed by Leiden University and LUMC. The Graduate School Office facilitates PhD admission and registration for PhD students by means of the Graduate School Module.

Directorate of Research

The primary objective of the Directorate of Research (DO) is to strengthen the core task Research by maintaining a vibrant research environment enabling researchers to focus mainly on their research. It does so by various methods

  1. Supporting the Dean to develop and execute research policy
  2. A team of experienced grant advisors provides grant support for NWO, EU and international grants
  3. Supports PhD students through the Graduate School office 
  4. Represents the LUMC in different collaborations and alliances

Directorate of Research