Rationale

Translational medicine

Translational medicine is a developing research field that fosters the integration of basic research and patient-oriented research.

The aim of translational medicine is to transform the fundamental understanding of human biology into effective health measures. It is a highly interdisciplinary field that aims to combine research of universities, academic hospitals and biotech- and pharma-industry. Its goal is to accelerate early detection – and discovery – of disease mechanisms, identification of novel (drug) targets for intervention and paving the way towards drugs discovery and validation in clinical trials.

Translational medicine in the field of Neuroscience aims at making seminal contributions in understanding the functioning of the human brain and the peripheral nervous system, and their disorders. This is timely since the societal burden of brain disorders is immense, and should be considered as one of the 21st century top global health challenges.