University Medical Center Groningen

TRACER is embedded within the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). The UMCG is a city within a city located in the center of Groningen. It is one of the largest hospitals in the World, offering superregional tertiary care to the northern part of the Netherlands. The UMCG employs almost 13,000 people; numbers almost 1500 beds; educates about 1000 PhD students per year; and provides specialty training at its state of the art facilities for over 750 physicians.

The UMCG has a strong focus on healthy ageing, initiating the cohort study LifeLines (165,000 volunteers), the Center for Geriatric Medicine and the European Research Institute on the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA). Research at the UMCG is characterised by a combination of fundamental and patient oriented clinical research. The interaction between these two stimulates the development of new opportunities, like TRACER. Problems that occur in the clinical practice act as a catalyst that sets new fundamental research in motion, whereas on the other hand, fundamental research often triggers new clinical possibilities.

University of Groningen

The University of Groningen is an internationally oriented university with 30,000 students.
It is over 400 years old and is well known to be innovative and research-driven. It is rooted as the number-one knowledge hub for the Northern Netherlands. The University of Groningen is proud to be among the global elite with a classification in the top 100 of the Shanghai ARWU and the QS World University ranking lists, two of the most influential ranking lists in the academic world.


Groningen is the main municipality and the capital city of the most northern province of the Netherlands. With a population of 200,000, it is the largest city in the north of the Netherlands. An old city, Groningen was the regional power of the northern Netherlands, a semi-independent city-state and member of the German Hanseatic League. Groningen is a university city: it houses the University of Groningen (about 30,000 students) and the Hanze University of Applied Sciences (about 25,000 students). Groningen is the youngest city of the Netherlands: most people are between 20-24 years old: Groningen is a city of talent.