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Groningen University Institute for Drug Exploration

The Groningen University Institute for Drug Exploration (GUIDE) is a multidisciplinary organization including medical (GUIDE-UMCG) and the Pharmaceutical Sciences within the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences (GUIDE-GRIP) focusing on drug and drug-oriented research. [1] Its matrix structure comprises of 12 disease- and/or technique-oriented research programs and was founded in 1993. The last reorganization of its research programmes was in 2012. It prepared GUIDE for future international developments such as the new European Framework Programme for Research Horizon2020.

GUIDE performs and stimulates translational, innovative and drug-oriented research on a selected number of (chronic) disease in an interdisciplinary setting. New insight into the pathophysiology of these diseases leads to the development of new drugs and/or treatment options, or optimization of existing therapies (from bench to bed). Alternatively, patient-oriented research is structured in such a way that this leads to new pharmacological concepts (from bed to bench). The research revolves around central themes of the UMCG like Healthy Ageing and Personalized Medicine.

Mission and Vision

GUIDE strives to fill the unmet need in cure and prevention by getting the best (drug) treatment for each individual patient.

To achieve this mission GUIDE wants to excel in creating an interdisciplinary research and education environment. This demands an important role of GUIDE in the cross fertilization of scientific, medical and pharmaceutical professionals.