We conduct our research in close collaboration with the other departments of the Institute of Health Sciences, several research groups within the VU University Medical Centre (for example, Internal Medicine), and research groups outside the VU (for example, the Amsterdam Medical Centre, and the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment). In addition, close collaboration with international research groups exists (for example, Harvard University and the National Institute on Aging in the USA and Iceland University). Collaborative projects with industrial partners also takes place.