Centre of Expertise Life Sciences (CEL)
The Life Sciences research group (CEL) was founded at the end of 2003 as a lectureship of Zuyd University and fulfils the role of knowledge carrier and knowledge supporter for the business community, Zuyd University and the Universities in the region (UM, RWTH, Hasselt).
The CEL bridges the gap between research institutions and companies and actively contributes to the attainment and transference of knowledge. It is therefore essential to the utilisation of and social innovation surrounding life sciences in the region.
The projects within the CEL vary from short-term support of companies to exploratory analyses, technological assessments and applied research projects.
Relatie tot LLSC
CEL focuses on the development of new materials and processes which increase the quality of life. An initial theme which is addressed within the scope of this is „Early Diagnosis‟. Research projects with a knowledge development character are fulfilled by employees from the Health & Technology faculty. There are three different PhD students active within this theme. The research is mainly focussed on conditions of the central nervous system. A major (inter)national network is now a fact, which universities in Oxford, Cologne/Bieleveld, Maastricht (Medical Field Lab) and the Imperial College in London are all participating with.
The lectureship and Life Sciences faculty have started a process for integrating research and education during the past year. They have been working at projects together within the „Diagnostics & Biomarkers‟ and „Synthesis and Materials‟ themes since the start of 2010. The chemistry which characterises the life sciences have mainly been applied to (bio)material and medically related themes from a multidisciplinary approach. The projects which have been set up have a foundation or application in nanotechnology (Easy2Clean, NanoHouse, NanoPodium) and microreactor technology (MRT). Knowledge regarding materials which benefit solar energy is being built up in cooperation with the New Energy lectureship.
The Life Sciences faculty has been working with the Zuydlab concept1 since 2006. Around 50 to 60 3rd and 4th year students work on assignments from the business community at the Zuydlab every year, with a specific focus on the new materials, energy and health spearheads. This has further intensified the relationship between education and the work field and has expanded the research possibilities. Collaborations with United Brains Limburg started in 2010
1 DSM, Chemelot and Zuyd University have opened up a Zuydlab at Chemelot Campus since 2009, with Life Sciences as a core group. See page …
for the processing of these assignments. Zuydlab offers the possibility of practically fulfilling a number of major projects (Easy2clean, ChemMatPark, MRT) with research which the students can take responsibility for.
Centre of Expertise Life Sciences
HS Zuyd, Nieuw Eyckholt 300, Heerlen Postbus 550, 6400 AN Heerlen
Prof.Dr. Paul Borm, Lecturer
Dr. G.P.F. van Strijdonck, Assoc. Lecturer
T: +31 (0)45 4006800 / +31 (0)6 34384557
Miranda L‟Ortije, Secretariat
T: +31 (0)45 4006498