The LUMC aims at identifying the causes of disease, improving diagnosis, prevention, and ultimately developing effective treatments. Current science crosses traditional borders. Within LUMC different specialists work together around research themes. Combining cross-border expertise may solve biomedical problems and bring answers not found when working in a stand alone fashion.

The medical research profile is carefully chosen in order to combine clinical and fundamental areas of expertise. There are four biomedical research profiles and three generic research profiles. A biomedical research profile aimes at a specific biomedical theme, while a generic profile has a generic approach and aimes for example at the development of an approach of a certain research area, not related to a specific biomedical theme. Every research programme within the LUMC is connected/associated with one biomedical research profile and with at most two generic research profiles.

  • Biomedical research profiles:
  • Vascular and Regenerative medicine
  • Immunity, Infection and Tolerance
  • Translational Neuroscience
  • Cancer Pathogenesis and Therapy

Generic research profiles:

  • Ageing
  • Innovation in Health Strategy and Quality of Care
  • Biomedical Imaging

Leiden University Research profile areas

Leiden University has selected 11 research profile areas, most of them with a strong multidisciplinary focus. These areas offer ample opportunity for first-class fundamental research, but they are also strongly linked to key issues prevalent in modern national and international societies. The LUMC participates in five research profile areas from Leiden University, in cooperation with the faculties of Science and Social and Behavioural sciences.

Together with the faculty of Science:

  • Bioscience: the science base of health
  • Translational drug discovery and development 
    See also the theme page: Effective drug development

Together with the faculty of Social and Behavioural sciences:

  • Brain function and dysfunction over the lifespan
  • Health, prevention and the human life cycle

Solely LUMC:

  • Vascular and regenerative medicine