We are Julius Clinical, an academic research organisation that originated from the Julius Center at the UMC Utrecht. Within Julius Clinical there is a department that focuses entirely on research within the primary care setting: the Primary Care Research Network (PCRN).

The network focuses on performing high-quality research by utilising a group of motivated and qualified general practitioners, pharmacists, practice assistants and practice nurses with an interest in clinical scientific research.

The existing network currently comprises approximately 1,000 Dutch general practitioners, practice assistants and pharmacists who are involved in clinical research that is co-ordinated from within Julius Clinical.

Of course, we welcome other disciplines within first-line care in our network. If you are a healthcare provider and are interested in joining the Primary Care Research Network, please feel free to contact us via this link!


We are active in many areas, but focus mainly on the following fields of research:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Infectious diseases
  • Diseases of the Central Nervous System
  • Nephrology


In the Netherlands, the majority of medical conditions are assessed and treated by the general practitioner. Accordingly, the primary care setting offers excellent opportunities for scientific research. Engaging in research is useful, both for the general practitioner as well as the primary care professional group and the patient.

Primary care patients are offered the opportunity to become involved in new, innovative research and your practice can evolve through active involvement in scientific research. For this reason, your participation in research is most desirable.

Joining our network offers many other advantages:

  • Financial compensation according to the prevailing guidelines.
  • The ability to follow accredited continuing education and training.

Doing research takes time, money and requires a lot from the general practitioner. Therefore, we strive to make participation in research as efficient as possible, with the least possible burden on the practice and the patient. If you participate in our research you will also have access to:

  •  (Primary Care Liaison) per trial/study.
  • Access to a personal portal where information and interim research reports are shared.

In addition, participating in research is simply fun!

Become member!

If you are interested to join our network? Read the benefits as membership.

Click here to register to the Primary Care Research Network.


Meet the people behind the PCRN.


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