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Various research centres have been set up to promote cooperation between research groups within KU Leuven and the Leuven University Hospitals: CD3, LMRC, LMTC, LICT, NERF and Pharmabs.

Various research centres have been set up to promote cooperation between research groups within KU Leuven and the Leuven University Hospitals. These centres transcend the existing organisational units of faculties and departments, and each focus on a particular research domain.



The Centre for Drug Design and Discovery (CD3) is a technology transfer platform and investment fund created by KU Leuven Research & Development and the European Investment Fund. CD3 focuses on the discovery of new and innovative small molecule drugs in collaboration with academic research groups or small (spin-off) companies by delivering financial means in combination with expert drug discovery support. CD3 aims to create partnerships with biotech and pharma companies based on innovative drug discovery projects.



The KU Leuven Materials Research Centre (LMRC) brings together expertise in the field of materials research and focuses on the study of material properties, as well as on processes and applications of materials.

The research lines of LMRC are: tailored nanosystems; functional surfaces; polymer nanocomposites; biobased polymers; sustainable inorganic materials management - SIM²; engineering of metals & ceramics, particles and films; advanced characterisation methods and multiscale computational materials science.




The Leuven Medical Technology Centre (LMTC) creates and facilitates links between engineering and biomedical sciences.

LMTC focuses on regenerative medicine, robotics in surgery and rehabilitation, medical devices, biosensors and biosignal processing, medical imaging and controlled release.


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The Leuven Centre on Information and Communication Technology (LICT) bundles the complementary expertise of electronic engineers, computer scientists, sociologists and law experts in the design and application of ICT technologies.

LICT focuses on intelligent embedded and autonomous systems in several domains like Health & Ambient Assisted Living, smart environments, logistics & transport, telecommunications and multimedia.




Imec, VIB and KU Leuven have set up a joint basic research initiative to unravel the neuronal circuitry of the human brain: Neuroelectronics Research Flanders (NERF). Supported by the Flemish Government, NERF will look into fundamental neuroscientific questions through collaborative, interdisciplinary research combining nanoelectronics with neurobiology.



PharmAbs is a KU Leuven research centre that focuses on generating tailor-made monoclonal antibodies. The activities of Pharmabs are based on targets that are identified by academic research groups and biotech companies and on initiation of non-clinical biopharmaceutical and diagnostic development. PharmAbs wants to bring projects to a stage at which they can be adopted by an industrial partner.



The Leuven Food Science and Nutrition Research Centre (LFoRCe) bundles expertise in food technology and processing, food chemistry and biochemistry, nutrition and health, and consumer aspects.

LFoRCe focuses on the development of advanced food technologies and on research of the (health-related) functionality of food products, ingredients and constituents, and of social factors related to nutrition and health.