Lucas Lindeboom nominated Science Talent 2018: vote now!
Maastricht University is proud of the nomination of Dr. Lucas Lindeboom for New Scientist Talent 2018. Lindeboom is assistant professor in the departments of Human Biology and the School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism. He is one of 25 nominees for the annual talent prize.
What is Lindeboom's research about?
Examining the liver is not a simple matter. Taking a piece of liver tissue from a patient is a severe intervention. Moreover, biopsy doesn’t give you information about how the liver actually works. For this reason, Lucas Lindeboom is working on an alternative technique that uses magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to measure liver metabolism. This technique only requires an MRI scan, which is already possible in most hospitals.
The MRS technique enables Lindeboom to research abnormal liver metabolism in people with fatty liver disease, a common condition which affects one in three individuals. It allows him, for example, to monitor the storage of fat from meals or the conversion of sugar into fat. Lindeboom hopes to eventually use MRS for research into other diseases as well.