Vascular Research Network

We are the Vascular Research Network and we coordinate the design and execution of clinical research. Specifically, we link pharmaceutical companies and clinical research organizations to hospitals and research sites. We provide full project management services for both sides of the spectrum.

Our extensive network of clinical sites and empirical knowledge ensures a smooth execution of necessary tasks. We unburden our partners, so researchers don’t have to worry about anything else but what they do best: research.

Services for sponsors

Our broad empirical knowledge and extensive network of clinical sites ensures finding the perfect site for your study. The research sites we work with are always very experienced in the field of internal medicine, cardiology, vvascular medicine and endocrinology. These sites include both general practitioners and vascular surgeons for all clinical studies, including paediatric studies.

We always make sure we have direct and short lines with research sites, for example so we can easily discuss potential issues. This is why we are always in close contact with PI, site staff and pharmacists.

We offer full management services:

Site feasibility

We assess the feasibility of sites for you. First, we contact the lead investigator to describe the study, after which we assess the sites interest in participation. If requested, or if additional information is needed, we visit the site to discuss further interest in participation, patient population and available research facilities.

Budgeting and financial administration

We guide you through local budgeting issues and norms in both the start-up phase and the conduct of the study. You have one point of contact for budget negotiations with all Dutch sites.

All study-related payments go through VRN. We will work with all departments involved, like the pharmacy, to include their costs in the site budget. We will provide all sites with financial overviews and payments.

Site support

On all sites, we assist you in obtaining the best research and data quality.

    Services for hospitals

    Are you participating in a study? We always make sure you only have to focus on the things you know best: the study and your patients. We take care of anything else, like the contract and budget negotiations. Our empirical knowledge and track record in the field of cardiovascular research ensures we negotiate the best suitable contract and budget for your site.

    Within these negotiations, we anticipate to cover the workload for your site staff and take into account the difficulty of the trial and the patient population.

    We provide the following services:

    • Reviewing and negotiating budgets and contracts with sponsor
    • Coordinating complex trials that involve multiple parties
    • Requesting all additional quotations at pharmacy, radiology or lab
    • Financial administration of the study for your site to the sponsor
    • Financial administration for all parties involved to VRN
    • Other administrative tasks like preparing worksheets
    • Monitoring services

    We handle this, so you’re ready to start the study as soon and smooth as possible.

    Who we are

    • Joyce Jansen


    • John Kastelein

      Prof. Dr. J.J.P. Kastelein FESC

    • Patricia van der Vlugt


    • Astrid Meijerink

      Office Manager