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Biomedical Sciences (BMS)

We deliver cutting-edge basic research on human biology and mechanisms of disease. Department
We deliver cutting-edge basic research on human biology and mechanisms of disease.
Understanding the basic functioning of cell & systems and how they are disturbed in diseases is key to the identification and exploitation of targets to prevent or cure disease, and to promote Healthy Aging.

Our mission is to contribute significant advancements to the understanding of the fundamentals of functional and dysfunctional human biology at the molecular, cellular and systems level that ultimately will be applicable to combat diseases and increase human health span.

In BMS, research and education are intertwined. This way, we strive to advance the cycle of bench-to-bed-to-bench for human well-being:

  • with our research, we aim to discover and transfer knowledge to medical applications;
  • with our education, we teach cutting-edge biology to the doctors and scientist of the future.

Understanding basic mechanism of the function of cells & systems drive advances in Medicare

Nearly all current medical treatments are based on discoveries, often done long before the related application, on detailed insights in how molecules, cells and systems function and how they are derailed in disease.

  • Our early analysis on how precision radiotherapy can be targeted to avoid radiation side effects has been the basis for proton therapy;
  • Our screens in Drosophila melanogaster have led to the discovery of therapeutic compounds now explored for the treatment of PKAN.
  • We host many core facilities, ranging from facilities for fundamental research to certified clinical research environments. These facilities are at the disposal of UMCG researchers but can also be made available to our collaborators and partners.

    Learn more about Biomedical Sciences Facilities.

  • Academic education requires role models and modern teaching:

    • BMS takes pride in intense training and careful supervision of its PhD students;
    • we support problem-based, curiosity-driven learning programs (such as in flipped class rooms), provide basic and advanced courses in science technologies and strategies, and practical courses;
    • we develop novel digital education tools (e-learning).

    Learn more about Biomedical Sciences Education.

  • The progress of science is based on specialied expertise for discoveries, but requires intense collaborations amongst experts for driving such discoveries all the way to utiliation. BMS strives for a great team spirit not only to nurture internal collaboration but also strongly supports collaborations with external partners in and outside the UMCG.

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