Vrije Universiteit Brussel
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is the offshoot of the French-speaking Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) that was founded in 1834 by a Brussels lawyer with Flemish origins, Pierre-Théodore Verhaegen. He wanted to establish a university that would be independent from the state and the church and where academic freedom would reign.
Although some courses at the ULB's Faculty of Law were already being taught in Dutch in 1935, it was not until 1963 that almost all the faculties offered courses in Dutch. The Dutch-speaking university was finally split off from its French-speaking counterpart on 1 October 1969. With the act of 28 May 1970, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the Université Libre de Bruxelles officially became two separate legal, administrative and scientific entities.
The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is the largest Dutch-speaking employer in the Brussels Region. Centrally situated in the capital of Europe, we take up a role as an ambassador for Flanders and Brussels, in a spirit of active pluralism and open mindness.
We offer a quality education to more than 15,800 students (21.5% of these are international students, covering some 128 nationalities). These are added to that the 5,000 students of our partner, the Erasmus Hogeschool Brussels; the 400 students at the English-speaking Vesalius College; the 5,000 students at the Centre for Adult Education that shares our campus, and the more than 150 research teams working on our campuses. All together, these make one of the biggest centres of knowledge in the capital of Europe.
The research team participating in nanoBAT owns a standard of care for specific pathogen free facility for housing animals at the Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Drug Analysis. Our laboratories are fully equipped to perform biochemical and cell biological assays encompassing area for protein expression analysis, histological equipment, HPLC, animal microdialysis for neurotransmitter analysis, hormones and blood indices analysis. We have recently acquired new animal equipment (i.e. telemetry device to record animal body temperature, heart rate and activity) making our department the most advanced one for any thermoregulation and metabolism related research in the whole University. We also have offices available for visiting researchers.
Our research team has conducted several research and innovation projects funded mainly by the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, the Belgium Government, European Commission (FP7-ICT2011-7) and Lotto. The full list of funded projects in last few years can be consulted in the following link:
Currently our research team is conducting research projects mainly focused in brain, metabolism, thermoregulation and exercise at 3 different levels: Fundamental – Molecular and Physiological research; Applied – Clinical research; Benchmarking – Policy making research. The full list of currently funded projects can be consulted in the following link:
“This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation
programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 691061”