Radboud Institute for Health Sciences Science for care, care for science

Ideally, every procedure in clinical practice and public health should take place based on proof, instead of intuition or 'experience'. Our aim is to improve clinical practice and public health.

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Radboud Institute for Health Sciences Science for care, care for science

The Radboud Institute for Health Sciences (RIHS) aims to improve clinical practice and public health by:
  • providing evidence about the efficacy and efficiency of existing and new tests, treatments and policies as well as innovative modes of health care delivery
  • training young researchers in the methodology to obtain such evidence
  • developing new methodologies for improving research programs in this field

Research domains and themes

Generally speaking, the biomedical sciences can be broadly stratified into two areas:
  1. Deterministic research into biological mechanisms; scope of the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS)
  2. Probabilistic research that provides frequency-type data (evidence) about such mechanisms (our scope).
Where the RIMLS typically uses objects such as cells or mice for its research, the probabilistic research at the RIHS typically deals with groups of people, both real people as well as simulated people in model situations. The groups of people are patients (in clinical situations) or part of the general population. Through these groups of people, evidence is obtained about the relation between a determinant and an outcome.
In science, there is a clear link between probabilistic and mechanistic research. After all, mechanistic knowledge should always be supported by probabilistic data before policy can be made. Research can be based on theories or principles, policies should not.
On the other hand, probabilistic research should ideally be based on mechanistic knowledge and frequently yields new leads for further mechanistic research. At the Radboudumc, both research domains are connected to each other through a focus of both Research Institutes on disease-oriented research themes.

Societal impact

The starting point for RIHS research is a concrete (bio)medical problem in clinical practice or public health for which a solution is sought. The Radboudumc aims to have a significant impact on healthcare. In line with this mission, our institute tries to bridge the gap between science and society, by, for example, involvement in the development and evaluation of guidelines and protocols. Societal impact is at the core of the Institute's ambition.


The training of young researchers within the Institute is organized in a KNAW accredited Graduate School. The Institute participates in the Radboudumc Biomedical Sciences MSc program. Further training is provided in a 4-year PhD program. In addition to these programs, RIHS actively participates in the Radboud Postdoc platform and is committed to promoting career track models, such as the Hypatia Tenure Track.

Technological expertise

RIHS hosts some of the Radboudumc Technology Centers, e.g., the Radboud Biobank, Clinical studies, Biostatistics and Data stewardship. These centers offer research facilities for both internal and external researchers.

Research Agenda 2025 for a significant impact on healthcare

The Radboudumc Research Agenda 2025 defines our research strategies. download agenda

Scientific integrity

Radboudumc believes scientific integrity is the basis of science itself. Scientific results are useless when their validity or sources are questionable.

Practical information

Front office

Our front office, amongst others, serves as a first port of call for all general enquiries. read more

Contact and getting there

Entrance: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences

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Contact and getting there

Visiting address

Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
Geert Grooteplein 27
6525 EZ Nijmegen

Postal address

Post 148 RIHS
P.O. Box 9101
6500 HB Nijmegen
The Netherlands


T: +31 (0)24 361 46 39
E: rihs@radboudumc.nl
W: www.rihs.nl


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Publication affiliation

For publications, please note the correct affiliation of our institute is as follows:

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Publication affiliation

Radboud university medical center, Radboud Institute for Health Sciences, Department of [name], Nijmegen, The Netherlands.


Radboud university medical center, Radboud Institute for Health Sciences, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Funding and support

Are you a student or researcher at Radboudumc and do you wish to obtain a grant, national or international, for your research group or as an individual? To help you get started, we offer an overview of some of the available grants including some funded by Radboudumc. see overview
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