With approximately 1.300 beds and 13.000 employees, the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is the second largest hospital in the Netherlands. The UMCG is the result of the amalgamation of the University Hospital and the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Groningen (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, RUG). The University of Groningen is a top-100 university in all international rankings. The UMCG is an exciting working place, where patient care, teaching, training and research are highly interconnected. The UMCG foresees a crucial role for molecular diagnostics, both for patient care and for research. One of the strategic research priorities of the UMCG is innovative diagnostics and therapy, with a special focus on nuclear medicine and molecular imaging.
The MIC, consisting of the department of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and the department of Radiology, is a core facility within the UMCG. The MIC consists of more than 330 employees (Radiology: ca. 250, Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging: ca. 80) and more than 80 PhD students. The MIC conducts high quality patient care and innovative research and provides high level training and education. Advanced molecular imaging techniques are not only used for diagnostics and therapy evaluation in patient care, but also for fundamental and innovative research of metabolic processes within the human body and for drug research. In addition, the MIC performs preclinical studies and validation studies in healthy volunteers. The MIC also has a strong track record on the development of new tracers and imaging methods in an integral chain from “bench to bedside”.
The MIC has a multidisciplinary team of experts, encompassing nuclear medicine physicians, radiologists, medical physicists, radiochemists, pharmacists, biologists, technicians, amongst others, that all collaborate to further develop and improve molecular imaging and therapy. To facilitate this goal, the MIC has state-of-the-art imaging equipment, research and production laboratories and a new small animal imaging facility. Knowledge sharing and collaboration within the MIC and with other clinical departments within the UMCG is vital to our success.