Science and society Bridging the gap
Our health and that of our loved ones is important to us. It affects our daily lives, both physically and mentally. As research institutes of Radboudumc we believe that it is our task to increase knowledge through excellent scientific research, education and training and to share this knowledge with society. At Radboudumc we call this: having a significant impact on healthcare. These core tasks, together with high-quality specialist medical healthcare, are inextricably linked, thereby forming the core of our academic hospital.
Training researchers in medical sciences is of great importance for society, since those currently studying at Radboudumc will become the new generation of scientists, policymakers and entrepreneurs who will develop novel treatments and diagnostics and a better healthcare for today and tomorrow.
In the context of our mission our research aligns to the Dutch National Research Agenda. Scientists and clinicians are involved in obtaining a better understanding of disease diagnosis, prevention and treatment, as well as developing or improving healthcare guidelines.
Many of our researchers interact with patients and their relatives. Others work in close collaboration with public organizations (e.g. NWO, KNAW), companies/industry, schools, or regional government (province, Health Valley).
Research results are shared with the professional and lay community through contributions to guidelines and protocols, professional and lay publications, newspaper and broadcasting items, board membership of (inter)national public (societal) advisory groups and policy institutes, outreach activities and public-private collaborations.
Answers in DutchInformation on our research can also be found in Dutch on the Nationale Wetenschapsagenda website. The information here answers questions asked by Dutch citizens.
The activities of the Department of Valorization includes the search for (inter)national research funding, support during grant application procedures, evaluation, patenting and commercialization of new technologies. We negotiate contracts and provide support in the creation of spin-off companies.read more
Cancer detection Example of the impact of our research
Radboudumc has developed a treatment that detects cancer much faster and less painfully. It’s the reason people from all over the world travel to Nijmegen.read more
Cancer detection Example of the impact of our researchIn the past, it could take years before cancer was detectable in the body. Only tumors of a certain size could be detected. This meant patients were often left in uncertainty for a long time. Now, by using harmless iron water, Prof. Dr. Jelle Barentsz, radiologist at the Radboudumc, can detect prostate cancer much faster and less painfully. For this reason, patients are willing to travel halfway across the world to Nijmegen to get treatment. Barentsz: “I want this treatment for all cancers, for all patients anywhere in the world, at an affordable cost, and all within seven years. And that’s going to happen!”
(video in Dutch)