Welcome to the research group Translational Neurosciences at the University of Antwerp, Belgium (Europe).
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 the 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 sciences translates the theoretical knowledge about the human body into effective health-care solutions. The word "translational" is derived from the verb "to translate", in this case translate knowledge from theory into practice.
You could compare this to the field of engineering, which translates the theoretical laws of physics and chemistry into all sorts of practical methods and equipment too. Think of cars, airplanes, machinery, electric and electronic devices, all sorts of radio-communication, building materials, chemical processes, fuels, plastics, metallurgy, processed foods, etc...
The same 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, as they reinforce each other.