Our research focuses on the sensory organs of the human head, and on the head and neck structures in which nerves play a major role: brain, nerves, eyes, ears, nose, teeth, tongue, and throat; and on all related health-issues.
This research includes fundamental, clinical, and translational research and development (R&D).
For a short description of each research topic, see the Research chapter on this website. More in-depth info for specialists can be found in our scientific publications.
What is translational research?
Translational research translates the theoretical knowledge about the human body into effective health-care solutions. The word "translational" is derived from the verb "to translate", which in this case means: translate knowledge from theory to practice.
You could compare this to the field of engineering, which translates the theoretical laws of physics, chemistry and math into all sorts of practical methods and equipment. Think of cars, airplanes, machinery, electric and electronic devices, radio-communication, building materials, chemical processes, fuels, plastics, metallurgy,...
The same idea applies to medical sciences. Fundamental (theoretical) research discovers the basic principles of how the human body works. And translational research develops practical therapies and health-care solutions from these basic laws. Thus translational research bridges the gap between theory and practice. Very often fundamental and translational research are done by the same teams of researchers, since both aspects reinforce each other.
Patient care in these fields is done in the nearby University Hospital of Antwerp (in Dutch: Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen, UZA), in which our professors, doctors, and researchers are active too. See the Links on each individual research page for more info on patient care in these fields. Or see www.uza.be (link opens in new window)