NUTRIM Division I

Obesity, Diabetes & Cardiovascular Health

We develop strategies that allow to make healthy choices easier, to assist people in changing their lifestyle in order to improve their quality of life and to reduce the public health impact of metabolic diseases.

Research Themes

Exercise, cold exposure, 24h rhythmicity and healthy diets play a role in the etiology of Obesity, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

These lifestyle factors provide options for the prevention and treatment of these metabolic diseases. Our goals are to create a better mechanistic understanding of their etiology, with a focus on human research.

Research Focus

In NUTRIM Division I, we try to understand why people are inactive and eat unhealthy food. And we research how pharmacological or lifestyle interventions can improve metabolic health. 

Using invasive and non-invasive techniques, we study how essential organs such as muscle, (brown) adipose tissue, liver and the heart are affected in overweight, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Research Impact

Changing habits and lifestyles is what are research tries to encourage. We have unique facilities to study human metabolism enabling us to perform translational research aimed at understanding the development of metabolic diseases. 

We investigate human physiology and develop intervention programmes together with relevant stakeholders and implement them in such a way that they are sustained over time. Examples are preventive programmes at elementary schools, in families, but also lifestyle coaching of adults with type 2 diabetes.


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  • diabetesonderzoek biologische klok

    Long-term research on the effects of lifestyle on the biological clock

    Thursday, March 25, 2021

    Scientists from the Netherlands and Canada, led by Professor Patrick Schrauwen of Maastricht University, are to investigate whether lifestyle changes can help to restore the 24-hour rhythm of people at a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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  • gijs goossens

    Obesity and COVID-19: a dangerous duo

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021

    People with obesity are more likely to contract a severe case of COVID-19, and more likely to die from it. Gijs Goossens, associate professor of Human Biology, is studying whether drugs that lower blood pressure can reduce the risks.

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  • SSIB Distinguished Career Award 2019

    Tuesday, September 3, 2019

    Prof. dr. Margriet Westerterp-Plantenga received the ''2019 SSIB Distinguished Career Award, for her outstanding contributions to the understanding of ingestive behavior''.

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