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Research Institutes FGB

Research at VU Amsterdam covers a wide range of fields that often cut across disciplinary boundaries. In order to encourage and accommodate interdisciplinary research, VU Amsterdam has established interdisciplinary research institutes in which researchers can meet, share their expertise and join forces in the acquisition of external funding.

The institutes enhance the scientific quality and the societal impact of research, and they enjoy an excellent reputation due to their successful PhD and research Master’s programmes, worldwide recruitment of staff and students, and active participation in international networks and consortia. They are also highly esteemed, both nationally and internationally, on account of their excellent research facilities.

The ‘Amsterdam Institute of Sports Science’ (AISS) is a partnership between Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, VU Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, AMC and Hogeschool van Amsterdam. AISS seeks close cooperation with Reade, De Sportartsen Groep and the Centre for Elite Sports and Education (CTO) Amsterdam. 

Amsterdam Movement Sciences
The mission of Amsterdam Movement Sciences research institute is to strive to optimize physical performance in health and disease to contribute to well-being and societal participation, based on a fundamental understanding of human movement.

Amsterdam Neuroscience
The mission of Amsterdam Neuroscience is clear: to improve understanding of the human brain and nervous system in health and disease by executing integrated basic, translational and clinical research. We do this by bringing together more than 850 clinicians, faculty and staff in the Amsterdam area, producing 1200+ publications per year, and performing research and clinical care amongst the best in the Netherlands and beyond. Our investigators target and organize their collaborations along nine translational research programs, each focused in specific brain and nervous system disease mechanisms but also on technology innovation and basic research.

Amsterdam Public Health research institute (APH)
The Amsterdam Public Health research institute stimulates state-of-the-art research that contributes to the ever growing health potential of individuals and communities across the life course. The institute concentrates its research efforts in nine research programs in which 1,700+ researchers from multidisciplinary disciplines are brought together.

iBBA is a research institute within the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, that brings together excellent research into the psychological, neural and cognitive aspects underling human behavior at different levels, from cognitive, social and learning processes, to sports and motor perception.

Research institute LEARN! groups all education researchers of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and the VUmc. Central to its mission are the questions of how people learn, and how education should be organized so as to allow learners to grow. These questions are addressed using pedagogical, psychological, and neuroscientific methods, as well as through classic education science.

Nederlands Autisme Register (NAR)
The Dutch Autism Register (NAR) is a unique database on autism. The NAR was established by the Dutch Autism Association (NVA) in cooperation with the Free University Amsterdam (VU). The purpose of this registry is to track the life histories of more than 2,000 people with autism for an extended period of time via online questionnaires. The data from the NAR are valuable to research into what helps stimulating the development of people with autism and improve their quality of life.

Network Institute
The Network Institute is the hub for interdisciplinary research on the Digital Society at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Research Institutes EMGO+
EMGO+ (The Institute for Research in Extramural Medicine) is one of the interfaculty research institutes of the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam and the VU University Amsterdam. In EMGO+ researchers from three faculties have joined forces, aiming to further improve public and occupational health, primary care, rehabilitation and long-term care, by means of multi and interdisciplinary research. 

Topsport Topics
Topsport Topics is an initiative of the Vrije Universiteit, Knowledge Center Sport and Exercise, University of Groningen and NOC*NSF. Topsport Topics aims to advance (top)sport by making new scientific information available for sport practice and by providing scientifically based answers to questions from national top sport programs.