Our research

The fundamental research carried out at the Institute seeks to answer questions about how health works at the most basic level. Although this research does not always have an immediate practical application, it can lead to important discoveries and innovations later on.

In the biomedical field, we study the underlying mechanisms of human health and disease at the level of molecules, cells and the organism.

Without this fundamental research, there would be no clinical research (involving patients) and no new treatments for diseases.

Today's discoveries are laying the foundations for tomorrow's medicine, to the benefit - one day - of thousands of patients.

Without fundamental research, there would be no translational or clinical research (involving patients) and no new treatments for diseases.

Focus on our 5 research programs

Today, the Institute has 31 research groups based around 5 programs

7 technological core facilities to support research

To advance their research, our researchers need cutting-edge technologies. These tools are found in 7 platforms which are shared with all the Institute's laboratories and can also be made available to external researchers.

A-Z of studied diseases

Attracting talents from all over the world, de Duve Institute's research groups focus on fundamental research in fields as varied as cancer, viral and bacterial infections, diabetes, genetic diseases and many others.

We study over 100 diseases !

Support our project "UltraZOOM "

Our bodies are made up of more than a hundred thousand billion cells. In the event of disease, the challenge is to identify the molecular dysfunctions that cause it.

The UltraZOOM project will enable our researchers to 'zoom in' even further, by penetrating tiny groups of cells to analyse proteins and their (dys)functioning.

The project - which includes a state-of-the-art robot with consumables, computer equipment incorporating artificial intelligence and an experienced bioinformatician - requires a budget of € 610,000.

Support the UltraZOOM project :
o With € 100, you will cover 1 day's use of the CellenONE robot
o With € 300, you finance the consumables needed for 1 protein analysis
o With € 1,000, you will cover 3 weeks' cost of the computer hardware needed to develop artificial intelligence
o With € 20,300, you become part of the Club of 30 and finance 1/30 of the entire project