Amsterdam Research brings together opinion leading academic research in the field of Health & Life Sciences developed in the Amsterdam region. In doing so - and on the authority of the two medical centers and the two universities - Amsterdam now has eight alliance research institutes, each with dedicated expertise and focussed on particular disease indications.
The mission of Amsterdam Neuroscience is clear: to improve understanding of the human brain and nervous system in health and disease by executing integrated basic, translational and clinical research. We do this by bringing together more than 850 clinicians, faculty and staff in the Amsterdam area, producing 1200+ publications per year, and performing research and clinical care amongst the best in the Netherlands and beyond.
Amsterdam Gasteroenterology & Metabolism
Our daily energy expenditure has to be sustained by the efficient digestion and metabolism of our diet. The body’s machinery required to manage this task is one of the most important organ systems burdened by disease in the Western World. Diet-induced obesity, diabetes, cancer and chronic inflammatory diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, pancreas and liver are some of the major illnesses that affect our society. Many of these diseases seem to be associated with a Western diet and lifestyle. Inborn errors of metabolism cause rare diseases that require specialized care but also offer a unique opportunity to study human metabolism in health and disease.
Cancer Center Amsterdam
The Cancer Center Amsterdam houses one of the largest oncology research centers in the Netherlands, joining cancer researchers from the Academic Medical Center and the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam. Our mission is to improve treatment, life expectancy and quality of life for patients with cancer and to reduce the impact of cancer on health care and society. With an integrated, multidisciplinary approach we bring findings from the laboratory into clinical practice. We believe that a better understanding of the underlying pathophysiology, combined with technical advances and patient-tailored novel combination therapies, is key to improve outcome for our patients.
Amsterdam Reproduction & Development
The Amsterdam Reproduction & Development (R&D) studies the effects of diseases and interventions on human development covering the complete process from gamete to adult. The ultimate goal of our work is to enhance knowledge of normal and abnormal human reproduction and development directed to continuously improve health care. Amsterdam R&D combines leading scientists of different disciplinary backgrounds enabling innovative research.
Amsterdam Infection & Immunity
In 2017 the Amsterdam Infection & Immunity Institute will create a superb environment for young talented researchers enabling high level multidisciplinary basic, preclinical and clinical research on fundamental aspects of infectious diseases and immunity during infection, auto-inflammation and cancer. Although these diseases warrant different therapies, the underlying principles are often shared and/or may involve the same tissues. Thus, the Amsterdam Infection & Immunity Institute will intensify this unique “inter-disease” scientific environment for accommodating multidisciplinary research.
Amsterdam Public Health
Amsterdam Public Health bases its scientific efforts on their clinical and societal relevance. Health and health care are undergoing major transformations with a shift of health care to the municipal level, a changed focus from intramural care to transmural chains of care and extramural (self) care settings. Challenges like the aging and diverse (working) population with increased life expectancy and (multiple) chronic health problems with rising health care costs necessitate the generation, dissemination, and translation of new knowledge based on sound research.
Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences
For Amsterdam Cardiovascular Sciences, problems in patient care are the motivation to perform novel translational research that give rise to a cycle of research from ‘bedside to bench and back’. To span the wide field of cardiovascular diseases, the research is divided into five Centers of Excellence each encompassing clinical and basic research. Our strategy enables us to move from the patient to experimental designs in the laboratory, and to subsequently test novel treatment strategies in selected patient groups.
Amsterdam Movement Sciences
Amsterdam Movement Sciences focuses on human movement, a key issue for today’s society. We approach this from a broad interdisciplinary frame of reference, covering from fundamental to clinical and from cellular to population research. We aim at being world leading in the field of interdisciplinary translational research on human movement and physical performance, and to disseminate our results to patient groups and end-users so that society benefits optimally from our research. We are driven by questions arising from the clinic, society, and from our interest in the nature of the human motor system and human movement. Our research focuses on improving, preserving and restoring the human motor system to allow optimal physical performance in work, sports, ageing and disease, based on fundamental knowledge of underlying mechanisms and principles.