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Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research


The Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research (LACDR) is responsible for the research and education in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences carried out at Leiden University.


Mission and objectives

The LACDR aims to be one of the leading academic centres in the world in learning, in teaching, and in advancing innovative drug research, developing knowledge and expertise crucial for drug discovery, evaluation and (clinical) application. This  involves fundamental understanding of drug action as the basis for efficacy and safety of drugs.

  • state-of-the-art multidisciplinary drug research, including the discovery of new mechanisms of drug action, the design and (bio)synthesis of new biologically active molecules, the in vitro and in vivo evaluation of drug activity and disposition (efficacy, safety, dosage regimen) and the development of new strategies for drug delivery and targeting;
  • training of undergraduate students, to become theoretically and experimentally trained in all relevant aspects of drug research and to gain hands-on experience on specialized research projects, leading to a Masters Degree in Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences;
  • training of graduate students, to become highly skilled and independent in experimental drug research through a specific 4-year' project, leading to publications in the international scientific literature and the PhD degree;
  • collaboration with the (pharmaceutical) industry, in joint research projects and consultancies and by offering specialized courses and symposia in relevant areas of drug research.


LACDR Management Team

All executive decisions are made by the Management Team (MT). The MT is responsible for the daily management of the institute, and develops and implements research policies. Being responsible for preparing and executing the decisions of the Institute, the MT is the referring point on policy and budgetary questions.

The MT has regular contact with the Institute Council, the External Scientific Advisory Board, the research Divisions and the Staff.

The members of the LACDR Management team:



LACDR Institute Council

The LACDR Institute Council offers the LACDR Management Team sollicited and unsollicited advice on various matters of policy. If you have any matters you would like to bring to the attention of the Institute Council, do not hesitate to contact one of their members.

The Institute Council (IR) of the LACDR is composed of people from all divisions, from all layers of the organisation (including students). The IR aims to serve as a bridge between the ‘working floor’ and the management team of the LACDR. During regular meetings (once in two months) we advice the management team of the LACDR and brings point to attention. Topics that are frequently discusses are: work pressure, education, student numbers, movement to new building, diversity, etc.

Meet us every first Monday of the month

Every first monday of the month we hold a walk-in meeting in the Science Club, between 13:00 and 14:00. You are heartily welcome to visit and bring in any topic you wish! On behalf of all IR members. 

  • The next walk-in meeting will be held at monday the 1st of February

The current LACDR Institute Council members and their contact details are:

The Institute Council has regular meetings with the LACDR Management Team  and convenes approximately once per 3 months.

Notes from these meetings are available for LACDR employees (login bottom right before accessing the link).

Paragraph 47 and 48 from "facultair reglement" decribe the responsibilities of the Institute Council in more detail. Below you can find these paragraphs as well as an English Translation.


Faculty of Science - Faculty Council

The Faculty Council is a similar structure available for issues concerning the entire Faculty of Science.



LACDR External Scientific Advisory Board

In January 2007, LACDR’s new Scientific Advisory Board was established to provide solicited and unsolicited advice on the research strategy of LACDR and the education programs in Leiden and Amsterdam.

From its initial discussions, the Scientific Advisory Board concludes that the LACDR has a strong position to remain a major contributor to advancement of fundamental and applied science in many fields of drug research, blending academic, societal and entrepreneurial responsibilities. Defining and managing an appropriate balance between breadth and depth of research programs, whilst capitalizing on the diversity and coherence of technology platforms, disease research areas, and research themes within the Divisions, will be a major river of success.

Last but not least, fundamental to the future of the LACDR are intense interactions between research activities and the training and education programs. Several opportunities to adjust and expand the education programs are emerging so that future needs are met for scientific excellence in academia and industry.

Current members of the LACDR Scientific Advisory Board are:



LACDR Research School

About the Research Schools The Leiden research programmes are concentrated in university research institutes. These institutes are often part of cross-boundary research schools.

Research schools are centres of high quality research where researchers from different universities and non-academic institutes collaborate, and where special attention is paid to the training of researchers to PhD level. In the LACDR we provide this training for PhD-researchers in our PhD programme

Leiden University participates in about 40 research schools, the majority of which are recognised by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).

Read more about the Research Schools in which Leiden University participates>>



LACDR Newsletter

In 2016, we started our own newsletter for news and information aimed to our colleagues and friends of the LACDR.

This newsletter is of course also your newsletter. It is very welcome if you would like to bring something under the attention of your colleagues. On this page, we provide a few tips and guidelines to help you prepare content to be presented in the best way. 

If you have any questions or suggestions about the LACDR-newsletter, please contact the LACDR communications-officer: Ernstjan van Doorn

To submit links or items to be added in the newsletter, please send them to: news@lacdr.leidenuniv.nl

  • Language: English
  • Category: Mention under which category you would like the article to be shown in the newsletter
  • Please read the suggestions for constructing a functional article, and the categories, below.

LACDR newsletter edition release-dates: 

  • monday 22th februari, deadline submitting items: thursday 18th
  • monday 28th march, deadline submitting items: thursday 24th
  • monday 25th april, deadline submitting items: thursday 21th
  • monday 23rd may, deadline submitting items: thursday 19th
  • monday  27th June, deadline submitting items: thursday 23rd
  • monday 25th July, deadline submitting items: thursday 21th
  • monday 29th August, deadline submitting items: thursday 25th
  • monday 26th September, deadline submitting items: thursday 22nd
  • monday 24th October, deadline submitting items: thursday 20th
  • monday 28th November, deadline submitting items: thursday 24th
  • monday 19th December, deadline submitting items: thursday 15th

Newsletter categories:

For a logical grouping we have a rough set of categories.  "Chapters" if you will. It is very helpful if you can provide us under which category you would like to have an item placed. (usually it is trivial, but that is not always the case). 

  • News from LACDR (news about organisation and management)
  • Awards and congratulations (Interesting appointments, awards, rankings. About people, teams, groups. Both on education and research relating to LACDR)
  • Research News 
  • Education News
  • Relocation News (this year we are going into the first phase of the relocation-process)
  • Colleagues News (aimed at LACDR-wide interest)
  • Agenda-items (To inform colleagues about symposia, events or deadlines. Events by us, or others that might be interesting for LACDR-colleagues )


What is the "news" in the story?

The title and first sentence must give the reader a good idea what the item is about, and why it is "news". An item in the newsletter usually shows the first one or two openings-sentences before breaking to a "read more" that links to the rest of the article on a website-page. (indeed: most articles will also be placed on the website, and the newsletter will link to these articles). 

Usually an item is thus constructed as:

  • "good catching title",
  • "openings-sentence (s)",
  • "read more",
  • And the bulk of the story on a page, elsewhere.