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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 a fundamental understanding of drug action as the basis for efficacy and safety of drugs. We aim to accomplish this through

  • 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 in 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 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, any questions on policy and budgetary matters should be referred to the MT.

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 solicited and unsolicited 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 every two months), the IR advices the management team of the LACDR and brings points to their attention. Topics that are frequently discussed 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. Please do not hesistate to visit and to discuss any topic or matter you wish! On behalf of all of the IR members. 

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

Notes from these meetings are available for all LACDR employees, please mail Chair Laura Heitman if you would like to request a copy.

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.

Reglement IR + Translation (pdf)