Maastricht Health Campus
The Maastricht Health Campus is a collaboration between Maastricht University, the Maastricht UMC+, the Limburg Development and Investment Company (LIOF), the City of Maastricht and the Province of Limburg. Over the last 25 years, a leading biomedical cluster has developed in Maastricht’s Randwyck district; the aim of the Maastricht Health Campus project is to continue this development into a campus of international stature.
The Maastricht Health Campus intends to become a hotspot for medical biotechnology, with special attention paid to cardiovascular diseases and neurosciences. The entire health and research chains are addressed here, including themes like wellness, health policy, ageing, lifelong learning and risk assessment. Brains Unlimited is one of the first concrete projects on this campus.
Brains Unlimited, part of the Maastricht Health Campus, is a new platform for neuroimaging. Here, scientists and companies will study the causes of common diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, epilepsy, schizophrenia and MS, and try to gain more insight into the development of human behaviour. Brains Unlimited will also see the development of new part- and full-time practice-oriented master’s programmes in the fields of neurophysics and neuroimaging.
A Brains Unlimited scanner lab is currently being built for three fMRI scanners with ultrahigh magnetic fields, including one of only three 9.4 Tesla scanners worldwide. This location will also be home to spin-off companies (the Neuropartner Incubator) and a new building for the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience. The scanners will be phased into operation over the course of 2012 and 2013.
This project has been made possible thanks to contributions from the European Fund for Regional Development, the Dutch government and the Province of Limburg in the framework of OP-ZUID (click here for the press release on the awarding of the grant). The Province of Limburg also invested €10 million in the project.