Netherlands Amsterdam

Amsterdam UMC (Intensive Care Unit)

Intensive Care Unit

Brief Overview

Amsterdam UMC location AMC is one of the largest university hospitals in the Netherlands. We have a 40 bed ICU and a large cellular and animal laboratory where we integrate translational science. Our mission is to improve outcomes for patients with acute respiratory disease by identifying subgroups of patients through non-invasive diagnostics tests to target treatment decisions. We focus on the following clinical syndromes: Acute respiratory distress syndrome and models for acute lung injury, Bacterial and viral pneumonia, Ventilator-induced lung injury.

Research Areas

Acute Lung Injury (ALI)\Biomarkers\Infection\Intensive care\Molecular biology

Host center eligibility

Global fellowships (return phase only)\ European fellowships

Research infrastructure/facilities

Research infrastructure:

– Clinical studies in the intensive care unit

– Preclinical studies in the laboratory of experimental intensive care


– Breath analysis core facility

– Microbiome analysis

– In vitro growth of pulmonary epithelial cells

– Animal models for lung injury (including animal ICU)

– Standard lab other facilities (ELISA / FACS / Luminex / microscopy / etc)

Research funding/Resources

– European Union (FP-7)

– Dutch lung foundation (Longfonds)

– European respiratory society (Multiple fellowships)

– Dutch government (ZonMW)

Links to non-academic sector

Multiple links with industry, for example secondments to Philips over the past year. Multiple collaborations with medical device companies.

Experience hosting international researchers, career development & training programmes, outreach activities

Our unit has supervised more than 20 international students over the last five years. Several ERS fellowship recipients had a great time in Amsterdam.

Career development is embedded in the Graduate School of the university, offering multiple courses gives an overview of the courses. There are weekly scientific meetings for clinical studies and laboratory studies. The Graduate School is available for all researchers. All courses have a first come first served basis and some courses are booked up to 6 months ahead. However, all courses are as available to RESPIRE recipients as to any other researcher. There is a monthly journal club. Researchers visit multiple international conferences.

Living in Amsterdam will provide a new perspective on daily life; travel to work on your bike and live in one of the most exciting cities of Europe. We received the feedback that was one of the most transformative experiences fellowship recipients had.

HR Excellence in Research – EU award