Catholic University Leuven (KUL)

Faculty of Medicine, Molecular Small Animal Imaging Center (MoSAIC)

Leuven, Belgium

Lead Scientists

Uwe Himmelreich
Chantal Matthieu


The Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) as the oldest and largest university of Belgium  plays a leading academic role in biomedical sciences. The Molecular Small Animal Imaging Center (MoSAIC) is an inte-grated facility combining all major imaging modalities (MRI, PET, US, OI, CT) and supporting infrastruc-ture in one lab space as part of the Medical Imaging Research Center (MIRC) at KUL, a collaborative pro-ject of the faculties of Medicine and Engineering. Close collaborations exist with all departments of the medical faculty, including the Department of Endocrinology. All permanent staff of MoSAIC have also appointments in the respective clinical imaging departments with access to the clinical infrastructure gua-ranteeing direct translation of small animal research to pre-clinical and clinical applications.

Research at KUL is internationally recognised in the fields of small animal imaging, clinical imaging and diabetes/ endocrinology. Apart from the above mentioned MoSAIC facility, we have full access to the infrastructure of the departments of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine/ Radiopharmacy, which includes 7 clinical MR scanners (one of them exclusively for large animal research (porcine)), PET, PET/CT, SPECT, cyclotron etc. We have full access to the laboratories and diabetes animal models of the department of Endocrinology.

The inter-disciplinary team  consists of 4 full professors, 3 post-docs, 2 PhD students and 1 technician.