KU Leuven

KU Leuven (www.kuleuven.be):
from Renaissance philosophy to cutting-edge nanotechnology: as one of Europe’s oldest universities, KU Leuven boasts a long tradition of ground-breaking research and high-quality education. Inspiring the outstanding is part of our DNA. We see research as an engagement towards society. Our researchers constantly question our current understanding of the world. Their fundamental curiosity has led to countless new insights as well as innovative ideas.

University Hospitals Leuven (UZ Leuven) (www.uzleuven.be):
As Belgium’s largest university hospital, UZ Leuven wants to push boundaries by combining specialised care and innovative treatment with humane attention and respect for every patient. Every day, almost 10.000 passionate employees provide the best customised care possible. At UZ Leuven, future care providers and employees are guaranteed high-quality training, with a view to life-long learning and innovation. As a pioneer in clinical research, the hospital also contributes to future patient care


The Skeletal Biology and Engineering Research Center at KU Leuven focuses its research on the understanding of the cellular and molecular basis of skeletal tissue formation, remodeling and repair. The Center thereby aims to develop treatments for skeletal disorders, in particular regenerative strategies for cartilage, bone and joint repair. Our clinical research team within the department of rheumatology at UZ Leuven has a strong focus on translational and clinical questions in psoriatic arthritis. In HIPPOCRATES we will contribute data from our prospective patient cohorts and lead discovery research in particular in the prediction of response to therapy using novel technologies and unique patient tissue samples.