Fundamental genetic research

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Fundamental genetic research

The Campus has excellent expertise in the areas of fundamental genetic research aimed at the early diagnosis of disease, and indicators of health.

The Department of Genetics in the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) and has a broad spectrum of activities

  • Research lines in systems genetics, heart diseases, colon cancer, autoimmune and intestinal disorders, neurodegenerative diseases
  • Hosting the Genomics Coordination Centre to facilitate large-scale genetic studies
  • Clinical genetics, diagnostics and genetic counselling
  • European surveillance of congenital anomalies (Eurocat)
  • Teaching of undergraduate and MSc students, and of clinical fellows.

Highlight ERIBA

European Institute for the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA) is one of the initiatives in this field; to better understand what causes ageing. It's a research Institute which will focus on fundamental biological problems. It is likely that knowledge that is acquired through such a basic research agenda will repeatedly generate potentially commercially relevant intellectual property.Their studies are focused on the mechanisms that result in loss of cells with age and the decline in the function of old cells and tissues. ERIBA aims to develop novel strategies to prevent or combat age-related disease and to provide evidence-based recommendations for healthy ageing. The approach is based on curiosity, communication and collaboration. Group leaders and their teams working with unique model systems and technology platforms meet regularly and share their knowledge and expertise to accelerate discoveries.

ERIBA is a research Institute which will focus on fundamental biological problems. It is likely that knowledge that is acquired through such a basic research agenda will repeatedly generate potentially commercially relevant intellectual property. The protection of such intellectual property is strongly encouraged and will be facilitated by a pro-active patent office.