Each  umc  has a specialist referral healthcare function (TRF): patients are treated according to the latest insights, and scientific research is conducted into the condition in question.  Specialist referral care is the result of a constant, intensive exchange between care and scientific research. Together, the umcs provide accredited centres of expertise for rare conditions (ECZA).

The Radboudumc Centre for Infectious Disease (RCI) is a source of information for complex infectious diseases. Professionals from far and wide come to the RCI with their questions about antibiotic use and infection prevention. This has led to professionalisation of the national multidisciplinary consultations (MDOs) and to a growing digital offering. Read more

The multidisciplinary Lyme-Borreliosis Centre in Amsterdam conducts scientific research into the diagnostics, prognosis and treatment of Lyme disease. Diagnosis and treatment are offered to around 400 children and adults with symptoms suggesting Lyme disease. Together with the Radboudumc, a biobank for Lyme was established. Read more

The Craniofacial Centre Netherlands has existed for over 45 years; it is still developing and sees over 200 patients a year. It is not only the main centre in the Netherlands for patients with congenital conditions of the skull and face, it also coordinates centres of expertise and the reference network in which 29 European hospitals collaborate. Read more

The LUMC and the Radboudumc jointly started the Dutch Center for RNA Therapeutics (DCRT). Its aim is to develop customised RNA therapy for patients with rare genetic progressive eye, brain and muscle diseases. It is the first centre in Europe for RNA therapy for extremely rare diseases. Read more

Couples at high risk of producing a child with a severe congenital condition are referred to the national expertise centre Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnostics. They are given the opportunity using IVF, with a genetic test, to have a child without a hereditary disease. Test developments are advancing rapidly. OnePGT is now being applied in a clinical setting. Read more

In the past year the Groningen Transplantation Centre transplanted around 20% more donor organs (lungs and liver) using the alternative preservation method of machine perfusion. Now it is examining whether through testing and improvement, kidneys that could not be transplanted before are also suitable. Watch the video

Around a quarter of all patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) are treated in the centre of expertise of the UMC Utrecht. Because CF patients are at greater risk of being infected by the COVID-19 virus, the home diagnostic method was expanded and online possibilities created to inform patients and explain additional measures. Watch the video