Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research
The research conducted at the Leiden Academic Centre for Drug Research is clustered within the areas of BioTherapeutics, Drug Delivery Technology and Systems Pharmacology.
Research Profile Area
We participate in 'Bioscience: the science base of health', one of the profile areas of Leiden University. The LACDR develops key concepts along the line of the drug-discovery pipeline: from early and fundamental drug discovery, on areas of drug development and in the optimization and innovative delivery of new and existing drugs.
Grouping around Clusters
Our research is grouped around three Clusters:
BioTherapeutics focusses on performing research in the development of experimental therapies based on biologics. Key areas focus on formulation, delivery and targeting of drugs (i.e. microneedles), pre-clinical testing in advanced models for disease and with a specific aim at artherosclerosis.
Drug & Target Discovery research focuses on the context of the process of cancer-cell behaviour and cancer-progression. We put the emphasis on two important targets in cancer: kinases and G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs). To deliver the drugs at the right dose, at the right time and at the right place.
Systems Pharmacology looks at the development of Personalized Medicine strategies. Through the focus of metabolomics and computational modelling (i.e. organ-on-a-chip models) we work on a better understanding of disease progression and treatment-outcomes. In addition we work on innovations of treatment options, and better combinations and optimization of drug use.
We encourage multidisciplinary research. The Leiden Science weekly meeting called ‘ This week’s Discoveries’ brings together all researchers. Each year, staff and students select the ‘Discoverer of the Year’ of the faculty.
LACDR Research School
The Leiden research programmes are concentrated within 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).
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