M. Prins and L. Smits
Mission statement of the programme
To use and improve methodology for leading edge clinical studies.
Description of the programme
The Clinical Epidemiology programme (3.3 fte) is active in patient centred research in a broad sense. We work closely together with departments of the Maastricht University Medical Centre (including haematology, vascular medicine, oncology, cardiology, cardio surgery, ophthalmology, emergency medicine, obstetrics & gynaecology, dermatology) and other hospitals throughout the Netherlands. Although we have expertise in all subareas of clinical epidemiology, our methodological focus is on prediction research.
In each of these clinical areas as well as in the methodological focus, multiple research projects are beginning, ending and continuing. Based on the type of research, most projects involve multidisciplinary project groups with clinical experts and often also experts in the area of health technology assessment.
The KOALA birth cohort study, a cooperation between two CAPHRI programmes (Clinical Epidemiology and Nutritional and Molecular Epidemiology) has proved to be an important source of evidence for early causes of atopic disease.