Understanding the brain, curing disease

At our Center, we aim to unravel the basic biological mechanisms of neurobiology and brain disease and translate these findings into innovative therapeutic strategies 

Our mission

We want to force a breakthrough in the cure of neuronal and neurodegenerative disorders. This requires a deep understanding of normal brain function and translation of this knowledge into a solid mechanistic understanding of disease mechanisms. 

Truly innovative research in translational medicine is born at the interface of excellent basic and medical-oriented research, which is why we focus on both. We study the mechanisms of major neuronal diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, frontotemporal dementia, dystonia and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Our fundamental research questions focus on proteopathic stress, protein-lipid interactions and neuronal trafficking systems; but we tackle these questions in the context of synapse biology, brain wiring and inflammation, and in light of specific cell types and cellular heterogeneity.

Explore our science, meet our people

Browse through our brochure to learn more about us. From brain wiring to protein aggregation and neuroinflammation, the best science is done with the best technology and, of course, the best brains.

In 2021 we move to a brand new building

In just a few months we will operate from our brand new facilities



Beyond borders

Many of our research projects are conducted in close partnership with other research groups around the world. We also have close and ongoing collaborations with our colleagues at our two host institutes, VIB and KU Leuven, including, NERF and UZ Leuven.



Our research is supported by the Flemish government and several (inter)national funding bodies but also by numerous charity organizations that recognize the importance of combining fundamental and clinical research to generate therapeutic breakthroughs.

Follow our YouTube channel

Learn more about the work we do through our YouTube channel. We regularly post updates about our recent research.

Paper in 1 minute

Video abstracts


Support our research

You can donate to our Center, or for a specific cause we work on. 
Donate to BE92 0017 1194 5623 (account in name of VIB vzw) with reference: ‘Research CBD' or the lab you want to support.

Donations equal or above €40, entitle you to a tax exemption.
If you have any questions or you are looking into making other donations,
please don't hesitate to get in touch.