VUmc Scientific Research

Top of the bill in translational human health and life sciences

VUmc is a university medical center, closely associated with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam). Its core objectives are to deliver patient care in close association with scientific research, academic teaching & postgraduate training.

VUmc research focuses on human health and life sciences. It is organized into five major themes:

  • Oncology
  • Neurosciences
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Movement sciences
  • Public health, primary care & long-term care

Research in an international context:

  • VUmc research is strongly translational: from bench to bedside to society.
  • VUmc participates in 64 projects funded out of the European Commissionfs Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) with a total funding of approximately 25 million euros.
  • In 2013, VUmc was awarded a total of 80.3 million euros in external research funding.
  • With 26% success rate in grant applications, VUmc is above the European average.
  • Between 2008 and 2012, VUmc published 8,113 international scientific articles. By the end of 2013 these papers were cited 107,683 times. VUmc also produces between 100 and 150 PhD graduates each year.

Multidisciplinary collaboration
‘To this end, we collaborate very closely with the natural and social sciences, our neighbors on campus. We organize, plan and conduct our research together in interdisciplinary research institutes.’

Human health and life sciences
‘While our ambition is to do real translational research, we cannot cover everything. We therefore selected five focal areas of prime importance to the international health care and research agenda. All are highly relevant to our ageing society, with its increasing prevalence of chronic disease. VUmc’s focal areas are: oncology, cardiovascular disease, neurosciences, movement sciences, and public health. We have organized our research effort in five research institutes. Together these
research institutes cover our main campus theme – ‘Human Health and Life Sciences’ – in which we cooperate with the natural and social sciences.’  

Impact of VUmc scientific research

VUmc’s Mean Normalized Citation Score (MNCS, which shows how often VUmc publications are cited relative to the world average in the scientific fields in which they are published) has steadily increased over the past decade.

The MNCS indicator 2009-2012 is 1.74, which means that VUmc publications are cited 74% more often than the world average, and that VUmc's scientific impact score is the second highest of all Dutch university medical centers (UMC's).

Knowledge transfer and societal impact
By providing support in obtaining licenses and patents, and by actively bringing these to interested third parties, VUmc promotes entrepreneurship and the exploitation of knowledge. Innovation Exchange Amsterdam (IXA) supports valorization, by helping to establish innovative public - private partnerships, tailored to the demands of individual research institutes.

Research Institutes

VUmc research focuses on human health and life sciences. It is organised into five major themes, each with its own research institute: