1. Research Institute BCN-BRAIN

Director: prof. dr. H.P.H. Kremer
Central theme: Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences

The Research Institute BCN-BRAIN was established in 2005 and is part of the Graduate School of Medical Sciences and of the Research School of Behavioural and Cognitive Neurosciences. BCN-BRAIN promotes research that is aimed at understanding the function of the healthy brain and dysfunction of the nervous system with reference to neurological and psychiatric disorders. Research is focused on translational collaboration between lab-based (molecular- and cell biological) and hospital-based (clinical) researchers integrating different levels of neuroscience research.

2. Research Institute GUIDE

Director: prof. dr. J. G. W. Kosterink
Central theme: Chronic Diseases and Drug Exploration

The main asset of the Groningen University Institute for Drug Exploration (GUIDE) is the integration of clinical, biomedical and pharmaceutical research stimulating translational research and researchers with a keen eye on the complete spectrum of biomedical research: from bed to bench to drugs. Ageing is a central theme as most chronic diseases are age-dependent. Research focuses mainly on 1. Lead discovery, development of new drugs, drug delivery and advanced formulation technology and 2. Translational research on molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying disease (aetiology and pathophysiology) and on research related to treatment of disease, e.g. in the context of clinical trials and by using relevant animal models.

3. Cancer Research Institute

Director: prof. dr. E. Vellenga
Central theme: Cancer Research

The focus of the new Cancer Research Center is to initiate and stimulate the translation of fundamental insights of preclinical research programs on oncogenesis and tumor behavior into cancer prevention, improvement of early detection of cancer and better treatment for cancer patients. Research is performed at the fundamental, translational and clinical levels and organized in several research programs.

4. Research Institute SHARE

Director: prof. dr. M.J. Postma
Central theme: Health Research

The mission of the Research Institute SHARE is to elucidate factors related to health, notably healthy ageing. Research on determinants and consequences of illness and ageing, quality of life, care and cure is conducted within multiple interdisciplinary research programs. Researchers within SHARE investigate and evaluate factors which are patient-related (psychosocial, onset of affective disorders, genetic predisposition) and/or healthcare system related (rehabilitation programs, pharmaco-therapeutic interventions, public and occupational health, legal and ethical values). SHARE aims to add to the adaptation to disease and to the societal participation of patients with chronic somatic and mental disease and to study cost-effectiveness and efficacy of pharmaceutical and psychosocial interventions.

5. Research Institute W.J. Kolff

Director: prof. dr. Y. Ren
Central theme: Biomaterials

The primary objective of the W.J. Kolff Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science is to bring together pre-clinical and clinical research groups and to establish a center of expertise for the entire stage of biomedical materials science and its application involving basic materials science, medical product development and clinical evaluation that will contribute to the long-lasting well-being of patients in need of biomaterial implants and extra-corporal support systems. Research is conducted within four thematic research programs each with their own specific theme: 1. Bioadhesion, biocompatibility and infection, 2. Nanobiotechnology and advanced therapeutic materials, 3. Restoring organ function by means of regenerative medicine and 4. Maintaining oral health and oral function.