Innovative solutions for patient needs

In the UMC Utrecht research is concentrated in six strategic themes with each a limited number of disease targets. Patient care is integrated in these themes. A relentless multidisciplinary approach guarantees patients benefit from the latest available expertise and innovative technological solutions.

Strategic themes

Brain Center

High-level research in clinical and experimental neuroscience. More about UMC Utrecht Brain Center

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Infection & Immunity

Unraveling pathogenic mechanisms for infection and immune diseases. More about Infection & Immunity

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Circulatory Health

Advancing cardiovascular research for the benefit of patients. More about Center for Circulatory Health

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Innovative approaches in diagnostics, treatment and care. More about Cancer

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Child Health

Filling significant gaps to improve the lives of children during childhood and thereafter. More about Child Health

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Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cells

Accelerating the pace of regenerative therapies. More about Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cells

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Research strategy

Innovative solutions for patient needs

In the UMC Utrecht research is concentrated in six multidisciplinary programs with each a limited number of disease targets. Patient care is integrated in these programs. Interaction with patients and society creates an ‘innovation loop’ where societal issues guide scientific research and where scientific results quickly move from bench to bedside. We changed our incentive and reward system to better align it with our mission of connecting with patients and creating societal impact. 

Research evaluation

In 2019 UMC Utrecht organized the mandatory six-year research evaluation over the period 2013-2018 according to the Standard Evaluation Protocol (SEP). Read the reports.

Video: Research for new Cystic Fibrosis medicine


Outcome of European study: the sooner epilepsy surgery, the better the result

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Overview news items


UMC Utrecht is one of the top-ranked academic medical centers in Europe and offers interesting career opportunities. Patient care and biomedical research are closely linked. Partners, for example the Hubrecht Institute, can be found at close distance of UMC Utrecht. Collaboration with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Faculty of Science of Utrecht University shows the relationship between animal and human health and the environment. UMC Utrecht has been awarded international accreditation on quality of care, research and education by the Joint Commission International (JCI). 


UMC Utrecht offers a wide range of PhD programs. 


The COMBACTE consortium announces the addition of COMBACTE-CDI as a new project. The project aims to develop a detailed understanding of the epidemiology and clinical impact of Clostridium difficile infection across Europe. 

Contact the Research Office

Staff advisors from the Research Office translate internal and external developments into institutional research policies that contribute to research with impact. Strategic partnerships, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and appropriate incentives and rewards are instrumental to that aim. We also provide direct support for researchers through a range of activities, including support for internationalization; innovation and valorization; and grant applications and project management.

For more information about PhD's and research in the UMC Utrecht, send an email to the Research Office of the UMC Utrecht: