The Healthy Ageing Campus Netherlands is the organisational umbrella that brings together all the facilities, enterprises, and researchers in and connected to the UMCG in the Healthy Ageing research areas of Food & (e)Health, Biomedical Technology and Pharma.
In 2006 the UMCG developed its strategic and societal focus on Healthy Ageing. The UMCG describes Healthy Ageing as the lifelong process that starts before conception, with parents passing on their genes to the next generation, and with them the risks and opportunities for a healthy life course, and the occurrence of illness during life. Lifestyle, food patterns and environmental factors all influence the development of health and disease.
New knowledge is required about the influences of these factors on health and disease, and how they interact with each another. Research outcomes need to be translated into adequate and/or improved prevention and treatment methods. This in turn leads to new medical products, diagnostic technologies, and for example for the development of new nutritional products – another aspect in which this research is of vital importance.
The multidisciplinary research into Ageing that is based in Groningen fosters a joint research challenge for the UMCG, the University of Groningen, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, and various regional, national and international partners. New insights derive form a cross-fertilisation that extends fundamental biological and (pre)clinical research through applied research into societal effects affecting disease and health.
To support these processes the Healthy Ageing Campus facilitates insight into the available innovation chains. Based on identified needs within such chains, companies may acquire knowledge and become connected to the knowledge production partners. The resulting collaborations are further facilitated by the Campus.
Besides Research facilities at the UMCG and the University of Groningen, such as Incubator buildings and Company laboratories, the Healthy Ageing Campus provides in an R & D Hotel, a flexible supply of laboratory and office space, which is available for researchers and entrepreneurs on project basis.