ERIBA, embedded within the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG), is an internationally renowned research institute that aims to deeply understand the critical mechanisms of ageing, in order to develop novel interventions in strategic alliances with clinical and industrial partners to defy age-related frailty. ERIBA creates an inclusive environment that fosters excellence in science in order to attract and stimulate talent and to capitalize knowledge.
Researchers in ERIBA focus on biological mechanisms of ageing and ways to increase a healthy lifespan, using various model organisms and advanced research tools. Their recent discoveries explain ageing phenomena such as stem cell decline, genome instability, loss of protein homeostasis, and metabolic decline. These phenomena are at the root of age-related frailty and major age-related diseases. ERIBA’s approach has already yielded several new drug targets, specialized models, and assays for the purpose of adding more healthy years to human life.
ERIBA is one of the first institutes in the world with a dedicated focus on ageing and the only research institute with such focus in the Netherlands. It distinguishes itself by:
- A group of internationally recognized research teams that study individual molecular pillars of ageing and that, through local and (inter)national collaboration, investigate how these interact to drive the ageing process.
- Being embedded in the Northern Netherlands, where healthy ageing research is a core focus of the local private sector, of municipal and provincial government organizations, of the UMCG and the University of Groningen (UG) and other care- and knowledge institutions.
- Having direct access to Lifelines, a longitudinal population cohort of 165000 inhabitants of the Northern Netherlands that started over 10 years ago, with extensive translation potential.
- Being part of and located at the UMCG, the second largest University Medical Center in the Netherlands, which facilitates research from bench to bedside and vice versa.
- Being affiliated with the University of Groningen, which ranks solidly in the top 100 of the best universities worldwide. The University has identified healthy ageing as one of its four main strategic focal areas, encompassing all of its faculties (ranging from social sciences, economy to science and engineering), ensuring significant investments in this priority area.