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Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine

Research interests

The Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine promotes and supports research within its divisions of Endocrinology, Gerontology and Geriatrics, Thoracic Surgery, Gastroenterology, Pneumology, and Hepatology. The department’s research aims to achieve a better understanding of human diseases and to discover better detection methods and treatments for disorders of the organ systems being studied.

expertise and infrastructure

  • Involved in core facilities:
    - Cell Imaging Core
    - MoSAIC
    - Surgical Science Core Facility
    - SyBioMa
    - Inframouse
  • Molecular biology
  • Cell culture
  • Animal models
  • Clinical trials
  • Biobanking

Major areas of research

The research activities within this department include both basic research, which focuses on the physiology, cell biology, pathology and molecular biology of organ systems that are being studied, as well as clinical research, which addresses the epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, evolution and treatment options of the disorders of these organ systems.

The integration of both basic and clinical research within the same department, provides an ideal framework for translational research, which is the specific scientific aspiration of our department. As engagement towards the community, the department actively invests in the communication of these translational research outcomes to the lay public.

A major goal of the department is to integrate the broad range of research expertise of the different divisions into research projects exceeding the individual divisions, and to forge synergistic collaborations between these divisions. Research projects where clear synergism and interests are shared by the different divisions are:

  • obesity and the metabolic syndrome
  • vitamin D related studies
  • organ-specific autoimmune diseases
  • mucosal integrity and mucosal transport
  • pulmonary diseases
  • swallowing and esophageal disorders
  • bone metabolism and musculoskeletal aging/frailty

Training & education

The department combines its research activities with educational tasks in the Faculty of Medicine at the bachelor’s and master’s level, including medical specialist training, and in the doctoral school. By being engaged in the management of the faculty, the department takes its responsibility in shaping future education at our institution.

Contact Information

Clinical & Experimental Medicine
campus Gasthuisberg
Herestraat 49 ON1 box 707
BE-3000 Leuven

Head of Department

Jan Tack

tel. +32 16 3 45751
tel. +32 16 3 45750

Department Manager

Evelyne van Etten

tel: +32 16 3 30855