Translational Neurosciences

Quick guide

  • The Contact section lists your main contacts for info and deliveries.
  • Contact-data of other staff can be found in the Members section (=general overview), or in the Research section (=main contacts per research group).
  • A description of each research field can also be found in the Research section.
  • Books, scientific publications, posters, press articles, etc... are in the Publications section.
  • Courses tought by our staff can be found on their personal pages, via the Members section.
  • E-mail syntax or our staff usually is: "firstname.lastname@uantwerpen.be".
  • Easy to remember short URLs to our website, all pointing to this page. Use the longer descriptive versions in publications and posters, as they are easier to recognise. The abbreviations are great for typing or spelling via the phone.
  • Patient care is done in the nearby University Hospital of Antwerp (NL: Universitair Ziekenhuis Antwerpen, UZA), in which our researchers are active as well. See www.uza.be (link opens in new window).

Research Mission

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, such as: brain, eyes, ears, nose, teeth, tongue, and throat. This includes all related health-issues.

Our research consists of fundamental, translational, and clinical 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?

In the field of medicine, translational research translates theoretical knowledge about the human body into health-care solutions. The word "translational" is derived from the verb "to translate", in this context: "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 equipment and methods. Think of cars, airplanes, machinery, electric and electronic devices, radio-communication, building materials, industrial chemical processes, fuels, plastics, metallurgy,... In short, nearly everything we have in our civilised world.

The same applies to medical sciences. Fundamental (theoretical) research discovers the basic principles of how the human body works. And translational research then develops practical therapies and health-care solutions from these basic laws. Next, clinical research tests the safety and effectiveness of these solutions. So that doctors can use them in their daily practice. Thus translational research bridges the gap between theory and practice.

Very often, fundamental, translational, and clinical research are done by the same teams of researchers, as they reinforce each other.