When thinking about research, you may picture a scientist with a test tube, looking through a microscope. Now imagine what happens when this traditional picture meets the universe of new digital technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine-learning and not terabytes - but petabytes-worth of real-life data. A revolution ! Indeed, we are moving away from the original ‘scientist in the lab’ stereotype towards a ‘scientist as a pillar of modern healthcare’, using innovative and cutting-edge technologies as the new ‘building blocks’. The COVID-19 pandemic has further shown us the crucial role of science and research in addressing both current and forthcoming medical challenges, especially considering that the increasing number of patients in the future will put our healthcare systems under greater stress. For all these reasons, next-generation biomedical research needs to become more efficient and ‘precise’, focusing on disease prevention, smart and early diagnosis, digital health and personalised medicine - the identification of the best treatment for the right patient, at the right time.

At the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), we use recent technology advancements to have a direct and meaningful impact on people’s health. That is why we put the patient at the heart of everything we do. Our scientists investigate how the immune system lies at the crossroads of health and disease, being the common mechanism between numerous conditions, from cancer and immune-related disorders to neurodegenerative diseases. To do so, we collaborate closely with patients, doctors and hospitals in a tightly interconnected cycle - the so-called ‘bed-to-bench-to-bed’ approach. Data and samples derived directly from patients allow us to develop new therapies and diagnostic solutions, which will in turn be brought back to our patients to address their currently unmet medical needs. This is the core of our ‘translational’ and ‘precision’ health vision.

You will now embark on a journey in the ever-evolving field of biomedical research. We hope to motivate you to pursue a career in this exciting domain and to encourage you to innovate and redefine the boundaries of traditional professions, thereby contributing to shaping the future of ‘precision health’.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherIngénieurs & Scientifiques du Luxembourg asbl
Number of pages62
ISBN (Print)978-99959-1-469-1
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2022


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