Graduate School

Care and Public Health Research Institute

Our aim is to create a healthy society for everyone. We are doing this by providing high quality research to improve the individual quality of life and innovate healthcare and public health. Building a bridge between our research and society has our highest priority.

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  • CAPHRI Societal Impact Team Award for research on COVID-19 in nursing homes

    Wednesday, November 24, 2021

    On 23 November, the team within research institute CAPHRI that investigates COVID-19 in nursing homes received the CAPHRI Societal Impact Team Award for the great national and international impact their research has had on the well-being of nursing home residents.

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  • Smoking

    Tobacco discouragement is only effective from €12 per cigarette pack

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

    The only way to get enough people to quit smoking to achieve the goals of the National Prevention Agreement is to substantially increase the excise duty on tobacco products. This is the conclusion of research by Maastricht University (UM) on the price sensitivity of people who smoke cigarettes or rolling tobacco.

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  • Catharina Pijls Dissertation Prize for Floor van den Brand

    Thursday, November 18, 2021
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  • Chlamydia

    New approach is needed in the fight against chlamydia

    Wednesday, November 3, 2021

    Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease (STD) worldwide and in the Netherlands. The clinical and public health relevance of widespread case finding by testing for asymptomatic Chlamydia infections is under debate.

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  • Diversity colour hands

    Towards inclusive research at Maastricht University: survey results & video

    Wednesday, September 29, 2021

    Researchers from Maastricht University, Maastricht for Everybody, and IVO Research Institute formed a project team and received funding from the UM Diversity & Inclusivity office to examine inclusive research practices, barriers, and needs among Maastricht University research staff. Read more about the results!

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  • Silvia Evers

    Silvia Evers new Scientific Director CAPHRI

    Tuesday, September 28, 2021

    Prof. dr. Silvia Evers is appointed as scientific director of CAPHRI as of 1 November 2021. She succeeds Prof. dr. Maurice Zeegers.

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  • astridtubergen

    Astrid van Tubergen appointed professor Outcome and innovation in rheumatology practice

    Thursday, September 9, 2021

    Astrid van Tubergen has been appointed professor Outcome and innovation in rheumatology practice. She will give her inaugural lecture on 17 September. 

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  • Hospital COVID19 VHC

    2 awards for paper on hospital adaptations to the COVID-19 pandemic

    Friday, July 30, 2021

    Best International Paper Award and the Best Theory to Practice Award for paper 'To Uncertainty and Beyond: Cataloging Hospitals' Adaptations during the COVID-19 pandemic'.

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  • VIDI grant for Hilde Verbeek

    Wednesday, July 14, 2021

    The Dutch Research Council (NWO) has awarded a prestigious Vidi grant worth 800,000 euros to Hilde Verbeek. 

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  • World diabetes day

    The role of social networks in type 2 diabetes prevention, complication-risk and self-management

    Monday, July 12, 2021

    Social networks are causally related to disease and mortality; but what is state-of-the-art of social network research in type 2 diabetes prevention and care? Check out our new review paper.

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  • inauguratie Hilde Verbeek

    Looking back: Inaugural lecture Hilde Verbeek

    Saturday, July 10, 2021 Read more
  • Young woman smoking an e-cigarette

    Does e-cigarette use among young people lead to smoking, or vice versa?

    Monday, July 5, 2021 Read more
  • Baby

    EUR 1.32 million for research into giving children a promising start using big data

    Thursday, July 1, 2021

    The Nationale Wetenschapsagenda (national science agenda) has granted a consortium of 25 other organisations, 1.32 million euro to give children a promising start using big data.

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  • CoCoCare

    Fruitful collaboration between SHE and CAPHRI results in another project on cost-conscious care

    Tuesday, June 29, 2021

    A ZonMw grant has been awarded to the project "Learning platform for guideline development: future-proof and sustainable".

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  • Slapen 2

    Why you don’t need 8 hours of sleep at all, but at least 7 hours is recommended

    Monday, June 7, 2021

    Sleep has become a public health issue and is now seen as a lifestyle behavior. But what is good sleep? Recommendations are often contradictory and therefore confusing. Ree Meertens and Merijn van de Laar tell you what the science says about this topic. 

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  • Lab MMB

    “We immediately stepped up and focused on COVID diagnostics”

    Monday, June 7, 2021

    Prof. Paul Savelkoul and Dr. Petra Wolffs (both Medical Microbiology) about their tireless work during the COVID-19 pandemic, and all the other research activities they continue to work on. 

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  • networks

    Do social networks influence infectious diseases prevention behavior?

    Thursday, May 20, 2021 Read more
  • Research Engineering

    Grant awarded for the development of new, highly sensitive breath test

    Thursday, May 20, 2021 Read more
  • zonnebaden

    Suntan as beauty ideal hinders sun protection for children

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

    Parents in the Netherlands don’t protect their children sufficiently from the sun. An overly positive view of suntanned skin seems to be partly to blame. Karlijn Thoonen: ‘We really have to get away from the idea that a suntan is “attractive and healthy”.

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  • Elderly woman gets Covid vaccine

    Nursing homes still reluctant to relax restrictions despite high vaccination rate

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

    Despite a vaccination coverage of around 80 per cent, most nursing homes in the Netherlands have not yet significantly relaxed their visiting restrictions, according to recent research by Maastricht University (UM) and Radboud university medical center (Radboudumc) in Nijmegen.

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  • Co-creation Impact Compass: Working together for more impact

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021

    The Co-creation Impact Compass supports healthcare researchers to select helpful and valid co-creation tools for the right purpose and at the right moment. 

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  • Gera Nagelhout

    “We need to actively involve people in vulnerable population groups in research on healthy living”

    Friday, March 19, 2021

    What do people in vulnerable segments of the population need in order to live healthy lives? This is the question Gera Nagelhout’s research focuses on. The new CAPHRI professor likes to involve her target group in her research. “If you only come up with things for people rather than with them, you will fail to reach them.”

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  • Gera Nagelhout

    “We need to actively involve people in vulnerable population groups in research on healthy living”

    Friday, March 19, 2021

    What do people in vulnerable segments of the population need in order to live healthy lives? This is the question Gera Nagelhout’s research focuses on. The new CAPHRI professor likes to involve her target group in her research. “If you only come up with things for people rather than with them, you will fail to reach them.”

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  • Gezonde Basisschool van de Toekomst

    Healthy Primary School of the Future - online talkshow

    Tuesday, March 16, 2021

    Children become healthier when they have healthy lunches at school, exercise in different ways and learn about healthy behaviour while at school. This is the result of the Kennis As project Healthy Primary School of the Future. For four years, Maastricht University scientists compared more than 2200 children at four project schools with those at four regular schools. The successful project has become the focus of a special talkshow, which you can watch here.

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  • 'Broader societal perspective needed to combat pandemic consequences'

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021

    In order to help politicians and policymakers make better decisions in future pandemics, health scientists’ advice must take into account the effects that pandemic-related measures have outside of the healthcare sector much more. Health economists from Maastricht University and the English city of Birmingham therefore call for a broader societal perspective in studies evaluating the economic impact of corona measures.

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  • Laure_Wynants2

    Edmond Hustinx Prize 2020 goes to Laure Wynants

    Tuesday, March 2, 2021

    Laure Wynants together with a team of forty researchers from the Netherlands and abroad, started a living review to review and appraise all published papers on COVID-19 prediction models. She was awarded the Edmond Hustinx Prize 2020.

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  • Willems en Welting

    “People finding each other is crucial for innovation”

    Monday, March 1, 2021

    Tim Welting and Paul Willems were both appointed professors in 2020. Quietly, as they have not yet been able to celebrate their inaugurations. After all, you can’t throw a party during a pandemic. But what you can do is give an online interview. Here, they talk about their work, their plans, and what drives them.

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  • Tackling loneliness will also cut healthcare costs

    Monday, February 8, 2021

    Maastricht researchers argue that urgent measures are needed to tackle loneliness in society. Aside from their mental welfare needs, people who suffer from severe or very severe loneliness incur 40 to 50 percent higher healthcare costs up to a year later compared to people who don’t feel lonely. The difference is greatest among young people aged between 19 and 40.

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  • Research and innovation in elderly care now spans the whole of Limburg

    Tuesday, February 2, 2021

    The successful partnership the Living Lab in Ageing & Long-Term Care, initiated by Maastricht University, is being expanded. Having been joined by care organisations De Zorggroep, Proteion and Stichting Land van Horne in north and central Limburg, the partnership now covers the entire province.

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  • laboratory with scientist looking at a tablet computer

    Technology as a weapon against antibiotic resistance

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  • Public Health and Care Research leadership programme

    Become a leader in the field of public health and care research!

    Tuesday, January 19, 2021

    Are you a post-doc researcher, with more than 5 years’ research experience, and do you have the ambition to improve your knowledge and skills to become a leading researcher in the field of public health and care research? The Public Health and Care Research leadership programme is designed to support you. 

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  • Meet our new Funding Advisor: Vivian Braeken

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 Read more
  • Mark Spigt

    Mark Spigt new chair RL Optimising Patient Care

    Friday, January 1, 2021

    As of 1 January 2021, Mark Spigt is chair of the Research Line Optimising Patient Care (OPC).

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  • Covid ziekenhuis

    Intensive and palliative COVID-19 care by GPs relieved hospitals

    Thursday, December 17, 2020

    Dutch GPs provided intensive and palliative care outside the hospital to a large number of older and vulnerable COVID-19 patients. This way, they inadvertently contributed to preventing hospitals from becoming overloaded.

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  • Crowdfunding campaign for better corona recovery

    Friday, December 11, 2020

    Prof. Jeanine Verbunt wants to develop a digital ‘corona aftercare instrument’ to help GPs diagnose these issues and prescribe the right course of treatment. To achieve this, a crowd funding campaign has been started.

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  • John Horder Award

    Care Network Elsloo is praised for interprofessional collaboration and receives John Horder Team Award 2020

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020

    The team of "Zorgnetwerk Elsloo" has been awarded the John Horder Team Award 2020. This award is presented annually to "a team working within the community that can demonstrate outstanding principles of collaborative working".

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  • Large-scale research into the impact of corona on regional hospitals

    Monday, December 7, 2020

    A study that examines how hospitals have tackled the corona crisis and what the impact has been on the well-being of the staff has been strated recently. All 23,000 employees of five Limburg hospitals were asked to participate in the study. 

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  • Alena Kamenshchikova

    Kootstra Talent Fellowship for Alena Kamenshchikova

    Sunday, December 6, 2020

    Alena Kamenshchikova (RL Health Inequities and Societal Participation) was awarded a Kootstra Talent Fellowship. During the next months she will study the challenges of cross-border infectious disease control.

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  • Midterm evaluation CAPHRI

    CAPHRI Midterm Evaluation 2017-2019

    Thursday, November 26, 2020

    On Tuesday 1 December 2020, CAPHRI will host an assessment committee that will be reviewing the performance of CAPHRI and our six Research Lines during the period 2017-2019. The primary aim of the midterm review is to reveal and confirm the quality and the relevance of the research to society and to improve these where necessary.

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  • Dartbac logo

    Consortium receives €11 million grant in the fight against antibiotic resistance

    Wednesday, November 25, 2020

    As part of the National Science Agenda, NWO is providing a grant of 9.8 million euros to the DARTBAC project: Dutch Antimicrobial Resistance Technology development and Biofilm Assessment Consortium. An international interdisciplinary consortium led by MUMC+/CAPHRI researcher dr. Chris Arts will spend the next 6 years researching new technological solutions to the explosively growing problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

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  • Dorijn Hertroijs

    Best PhD Research award for Dorijn Hertroijs

    Wednesday, November 18, 2020

    Dorijn Hertroijs won the Karolinska Medical Management Centre & EHMA Research Award for the best PhD research in the past two years.


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  • Huisartsenzorg COVID19

    Onderzoek naar huisartsenzorg tijdens de COVID-19 pandemie van start

    Thursday, November 12, 2020

    Nivel and the University Medical Center Groningen, in collaboration with the Departments of Family Medicine of MUMC+ (RL Optimising Patient Care) and Radboud UMC Nijmegen, started a study (funded by ZonMw) into “Changes in organisation and use of care in GP practices and GP out-of-hours centres: lessons from the covid- 19 pandemic ”

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  • Fysiotherapie

    Evaluation allied health rehabilitation care COVID-19 patients

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020

    A national research consortium will evaluate allied health rehabilitation care for COVID-19 patients in close collaboration with the professional field. The consortium consists of researchers from various knowledge centers throughout the Netherlands, including the Department of Physiotherapy and Epidemiology of CAPHRI's research line Functioning, Participation and Rehabilitation. 

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  • Gezonde basisschool toekomst

    A healthy school lunch and more exercise in primary school helps tackling obesity

    Thursday, November 5, 2020

    RIVM, Maastricht University / CAPHRI, Wageningen University & Research and VU University Amsterdam studied the support, feasibility, affordability and impact of healthy school lunches and more physical exercise at all Dutch primary schools. The results are promising.

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  • Hilde Verbeek member Young Academy

    Hilde Verbeek appointed member of Council for Medical Sciences

    Monday, October 26, 2020

    Since 1 November Hilde Verbeek joins the Council for Medical Sciences of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). 

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  • Can your neighbourhood make you sick?

    Monday, October 26, 2020

    Low individual socioeconomic status (SES) is known to be associated with a higher risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Hans Bosma and colleagues found out that living in a low property value neighbourhood in Maastricht is associated with higher rates of T2DM, independently of individual SES.

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  • Corona Onderzoek Limburg

    Groot onderzoek naar antistoffen coronavirus

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020

    De GGD Zuid Limburg, GGD Limburg-Noord, Provincie Limburg en Maastricht UMC+ starten vanaf vrijdag 23 oktober een onderzoek naar antistoffen en de verspreiding van het coronavirus in Limburg. De resultaten van het onderzoek geven straks belangrijke informatie voor inwoners, beleidsmakers én wetenschappers over het virus en de verspreiding in Limburg.

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  • COVID-19

    Nursing homes will go all out to prevent visiting bans during the second coronavirus wave

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020

    Dutch nursing homes say they want to avoid closing their doors to visitors during the second coronavirus wave if there is an infection among residents. At the same time, they say they can’t guarantee there will be no more visiting bans.

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  • Floor van den Brand

    Cum laude for Floor van den Brand

    Wednesday, October 21, 2020

    On 21 October Floor van den Brand obtained her PhD with the Cum Laude predicate. She studied the effects of financial incentives for smoking cessation

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  • Logo I-Harp aangepast

    Recognizing palliative care needs in patients with advanced heart failure

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020

    The tool I-HARP (Identifying Heart Failure Patients with Palliative Care Needs) has been launched recently This tool facilitates caregivers in the timely identification of palliative care needs in patients with advanced heart failure and their loved ones. 

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News highlights

Silvia Evers new Scientific Director CAPHRI

A warm welcome to Silvia Evers as our new scientific director! She succeeds Maurice Zeegers as of 1 November 2021. 

Get to know more about Silvia and read the interview with her and Maurice

CAPHRI online Research Meeting

Due to the rising COVID-19 cases we decided to postpone the face-to face CAPHRI Research Day to 22 June 2022. Instead, we are organising an online Research Meeting on 23 November 2021 from 12:00-14:00 CET. 

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PhD opportunities at CAPHRI

PhD candidate

CAPHRI is known for its comprehensive PhD training programme for young talented scientists. Our PhD candidates are making a significant contribution to care and public health issues, working on projects that are changing the world around us.

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Show the importance of public health, especially now!

With an inspiring campaign in Maastricht, Public Health students of Maastricht University have contributed to the launch of the global initiative 'This is Public Health' (TIPH). Their goal? To showcase what public health is and why it is so vitally important for promoting and protecting the health and wellbeing of our communities.

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Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+) logo

CAPHRI works in close cooperation with the Maastricht University Medical Center+ (MUMC+). MUMC+ is known both nationally and internationally for its focus on prevention and taking an integrated approach to health care: from prevention, promotion of good health, and basic care, to top-level clinical diagnostics and treatment. Patient safety is our top priority in all of our endeavours. MUMC+ is part of The Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres.

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