What is it about?
The Fund for scientific research in rheumatology launches a call for research into rheumatic diseases. The research should focus especially on clinical and multidisciplinary or multicenter programs, either in academic or non-academic Belgian institutions.
Projects that are open to collaborations with other interested centers and which cannot easily be supported through other existing national or international programs are especially invited. For clinical research, the relevance of the project and the potential impact of the results on diagnosis/treatment/quality of care have to be clearly defined.
Seeding money for innovative translational or basic research can also be requested, in a preparative phase for more established funding opportunities.
A total budget estimated at € 125.000 has been allocated to this call, in order to support different projects. 25% of this amount can be dedicated to translational research.
KU Leuven (RA Clinical Research Group, Skeletal Biology and Engineering Research Centre, Department of Development and Regeneration, KU Leuven)
Supported project of Patrick Verschueren : Rituximab is an effective drug, but it is expensive and might be accompanied by an increased infection risk. Therefore, lowering the do…
Université Catholique de Louvain
Supported project of Patrick Durez : Early diagnosis and therapeutic management of Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are crucial. Early RA is treated with methotrexate (MTX) and after 3 …
UZ Leuven/ KU Leuven
Supported project of Barbara Neerinckx : This project will study the potential of low cost, objective and highly generalisable clinical field tests, six minute walk and hand grip…