Medical research

Support for scientific medical research that addresses major needs in society.

Medical progress does not fall from the sky; it comes after long and costly years of research. It is work that opens the door to new therapeutic treatments for the benefit of patients and those near and dear to them. Thanks to the means made available by philanthropists, the King Baudouin Foundation supports research in healthcare at Belgian and European levels, complementing public investment and working alongside partners in the public and private sectors.

Our activities

  • supporting medical research projects and providing grants to top level researchers in various fields of health, including rare diseases, cancer, neurology, cardiology and rheumatology
  • notable research on rare diseases, thanks to significant resources allocated by the Generet Fund, which awards a Prize of one million euros to a leading researcher each year
  • developing ‘niche approaches’ that are not financed by others but focus on innovation.

Medical research is part of the programme Health

Calls for projects

Call for basic research in cardiology - Belgian Heart Fund/F. Léonard/Walckiers-Van Dessel

Support for research in cardiology that encompasses disciplines such as biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and their interplay.

Ongoing

Research on the pathologies of the retina and the optic nerve

Research on the pathologies of the retina and the optic nerve

Selection announced

Research on food addiction & eating disorders - Fund Jeanne & Alice Van de Voorde

The diagnosis, treatment and/or long term follow up of food addiction and eating disorders in children and young adults

Selection announced

Grantees

Antwerp University Hospital

Eccentric overload training in addition to a traditional cardiac rehabilitation programme: randomized controlled trial to evaluate effectiveness and feasibility in heart failure patients with reduced

Project of Wendy Hens (Antwerp University Hospital) : Eccentric overload training in addition to a traditional cardiac rehabilitation programme: randomized controlled trial to e…

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Preclinical and clinical assessment of the beneficial effects of hepcidin, a pivotal endogenous regulator of iron metabolism, on anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity.

Project of Lucas Van Aelst (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) : Preclinical and clinical assessment of the beneficial effects of hepcidin, a pivotal endogenous regulator of iron me…

Universitair Ziekenhuis Gent (Kinderrevalidatiecentrum)

Conduction system pacing: a bench and bedside study. Insights in cardiac conduction disease translated to novel pacing strategies.

Project of Jan De Pooter (Universitair Ziekenhuis Gent (Kinderrevalidatiecenter)) : Conduction system pacing: a bench and bedside study. Insights in cardiac conduction disease tr…

Partnerships, missions, specific initiatives

Research in cardio-oncology

Supporting translational and clinical research in the field of cardio-oncology.

Funds and philanthropic tools

Fund Walckiers Van Dessel

Support to scientific research in the field of cardiology

Fund Cancer research for more patient value

The Fund supports initiatives and projects optimising patient value in cancer research.

Press Releases

One million dollars for statistical research

20 06 2022

KBF awards the first biennial Rousseeuw Prize for Statistics to James Robins and others for their research on causal inference in medicine and public health.

One million euros for research into a rare form of dementia

01 02 2022

Prof. Rosa Rademakers receives the Generet Prize for Rare Diseases, worth one million euros, for her research into less commonly occurring forms of dementia.

KBF grants more than 6.6 million euros to health research

26 07 2021

Stories

From asthma research to better treatment for cystic fibrosis complications?

Medical research

"When we see a patient whose cystic fibrosis is deteriorating, it is often hard to identify the cause. There is a need for better diagnosis of allergic reactions to fungi."
Dr Eva Van Braeckel
Pulmonologist (UGent and UZ Gent)

Pancreatic cancer: gradually untangling a complex knot

Medical research

“In families where there are more cases of pancreatic cancer, we are also seeing an association with colon and breast cancer.”
Prof. Kathleen Claes
UGent, Lab for Cancer Predisposition and Precision Oncology

New perspective on DNA variations leads to explanation for rare disease

Medical research

“We have shown that it is also worthwhile to look at the variants just before and just after genes.”
Prof. Eric Legius
Head of Centre for Human Genetics UZ Leuven