EV are nanosized membrane vesicles which contain bioactive proteins, lipids, metabolites and nucleic acids, and can travel to distant tissues to influence various physiological and pathological functions. Across many departments in different universities in Belgium, we are witnessing a steady increase in technical, fundamental and translational EV research. This creates a unique opportunity to establish a research network with the aim of catalyzing inter- and intra-university collaborations. We therefore launch the initiative to establish the Belgian Society for Extracellular Vesicles (BESEV). The first meeting is schedulded for 14th September 2018.


EV-TRACK is an incentive for Transparent Reporting And Centralizing Knowledge in the field of Extracellular Vesicles. EV-TRACK is initiated and maintained by LECR. EV-TRACK aims to help overcoming methodological heterogeneity by systematically centralizing experimental parameters of EV-related publications. The EV-METRIC represents an incentive for authors to improve reporting in their publications and provides a transparency label that is straightforward to be interpreted by reviewers, editors and readers.


LECR is initiator and organizer of the EMBO/EMBL practical courses (@EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany). In this yearly organized course we make PhD students and post-doctoral researchers familiar with good-practice-guidelines and methods for purification and identification of extracellular vesicles with practical sessions included.


OncoPoint, initiated by the LECR group, is an annual meeting for cancer researchers at Ghent University. OncoPoint's aim is to provide a common interface and substrate to meet fellow cancer researchers and discuss, exchange information, and start collaborations. (Inter)national speakers and basic, translational and clinical cancer researchers from CRIG (Ghent University, UGent-VIB and Ghent University Hospital) present their latest work to each other. Young investigators are strongly encouraged to present their data..

Doctoral schools

LECR participates in the Doctoral Schools Life Sciences & Medicine specialist course on "Cancer". Considering the fast evolving trends in cancer research, this specialized educational course, lectured by CRIG experts, can meet the needs of pre-doctoral cancer researchers with variable educational background and active in different cancer research disciplines.

Major kanker

LECR is initiator and organisator of the Major "Cancer", Biomedical Sciences (Major Kanker, Biomedische Wetenschappen). The Major "Cancer" focuses on 5 complementary courses including biological aspects (genetics, proliferation & survival, communication & metastasis) and medical aspects (precision medicine and clinical aspects). The courses combine ex cathedra teaching, microteaching, demonstrations/lab visits, practica, project writing.


CRIG, Cancer Research Institute Ghent, unites, stimulates and enhances the impact of cancer research at Ghent University, Ghent University Hospital and VIB-UGent. Most importantly, CRIG supports young investigators through project funding (young investigator awards), education and training.