In the areas of research and education the UMCG very successfully collaborates with other top institutes. In its immediate environment the UMCG together with the University of Groningen, the Hanze University Groningen and the municipality of Groningen, is active in the Agreement of Groningen. The parties jointly make large investments in innovation and knowledge infrastructure, with the objective of developing Groningen into an international hub of knowledge and innovation in the area of energy and healthy ageing. However, there are also successful collaborations across the borders. A number of examples follow below.
Healthy Ageing Network Northern Netherlands (HANNN)
The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) and the University of Groningen, in partnership with the universities of applied sciences, governmental bodies, and the commercial sector of the three northern provinces of the Netherlands, have established a knowledge cluster around the topic of Healthy Ageing: the Healthy Ageing Network Northern Netherlands – Region of Knowledge & Development (HANNN). The HANNN aspires to become a leading region in northern Europe in the area of healthy ageing.
At the European level, we have collaborative ties with the Max Planck Institute in Cologne, the Institute for Ageing and Health in Newcastle, and the University College London. We have also established an alliance with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota (USA) for fundamental and clinical research on ageing.
The UMCG has a joint graduate school with the Ruprecht-Karls University in Heidelberg/Mannheim, Germany. This collaboration relates to PhD projects with the themes of cardiovascular disease, auto-immune disease, kidney disease, cancer and transplant medicine. The PhD students conduct research both in Heidelberg/Mannheim and in Groningen. The Clinical Research Schools, Summer Schools and the Junior Scientific Master Class of the UMCG are open to students, PhD students and lecturers of the Ruprecht-Karls University. In the scientific field the UMCG and Mannheim/Heidelberg also work together closely in a research consortium for vascular medicine.
Every year ten to fifteen researchers from the Fudan University Shanghai, Peking University, Peking Union Medical College/Tsing Hua University and Tianjin Medical University come to Groningen to get their PhD’s. They are supported by China and Groningen.
The UMCG participates in the Global Health Program of the University of Pennsylvania. Researchers who received their PhD in Groningen have priority in the allocation of post-doctoral research places at this Ivy League University. Conversely, students from Pennsylvania can complete a one-month scientific work placement in Groningen on a Petrus Camper grant. The UMCG has entered into an alliance with the Mayo Clinics in Rochester, Minnesota (USA) to conduct fundamental and clinical research into ageing. Young researchers of the Mayo Clinics obtain their PhD degrees in Groningen, scientists from Groningen use the state-of-the art facilities of the Mayo Clinics and vice versa.
Together with the Mario Negri Institute the UMCG conducts research into kidney diseases. They work together within a larger consortium in which the Karolinska Institute, the Hans Mak Institute, Charite Unversitätsmedizin Berlin and the Université Catholique de Louvain, among others, are partners.