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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  • Werk en Wijzer

    A new tool for healthcare providers in supporting patients in work and income

    Thursday, May 12, 2022

    Many healthcare providers deal with patients who have questions about work and income. In practice, however, it is difficult to give the patient specific and appropriate advice. To this end, a new tool was developed by CAPHRI-PhD candidate Maarten Butink and Prof. Dr. Angelique de Rijk.  

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  • katyasioncover

    Impact Prize for Katya Sion

    Thursday, April 14, 2022

    During the annual Maastricht University Dinner, Katya Sion (CAPHRI/ Living Lab Ageing and Long-Term Care Limburg) received the Impact Prize for her thesis "Connecting conversations: experienced quality of care from the resident’s perspective: a narrative method for nursing homes".

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  • Man smoking

    Large-scale study on cuts in numbers of tobacco outlets in the Netherlands

    Wednesday, March 30, 2022

    The Dutch government has pledged to cut the number of tobacco points of sale and thus reduce the visibility of tobacco in society. From 2024, supermarkets will no longer be allowed to sell tobacco. This week will see the start of a large-scale study over four years on the implementation and effects of the new legislation.

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    Cross-border collaboration within the emergency medical service during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Thursday, March 17, 2022

    New research by the International Knowledge and Information Centre on public safety, an Interreg project lead by Maastricht University, indicates that existing cross-border collaboration in EU border regions has only limited resilience in crisis situations.

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  • Angelique de Rijk

    Angelique de Rijk rapporteur of EU-plan ‘Cancer and Employment’

    Thursday, March 3, 2022

    The EU working group “cancer & employment” presented recommendations to further improve Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan by regarding return-to-work support as integral part of cancer survivorship.

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  • Bacteria and borders klein

    ‘Bacteria & Borders': An artistic research project

    Wednesday, February 16, 2022

    Bacteria & Borders is a collaboration between visual artist Marlies Vermeulen and social scientist Alena Kamenshchikova

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  • Costs overweight and obesity over €79 billion a year

    Tuesday, February 1, 2022

    The average societal costs of people with obesity and overweight are almost  €11.500 per year. This leads to a total cost for the Netherlands of more than €79 billion per year. This is the outcome of the study Burden of disease study of overweight and obesity; the societal impact in terms of cost-of-illness and health-related quality of life.

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  • Marieke Spreeuwenberg

    Developing a measurement scale that captures the full dimensions of health

    Monday, January 31, 2022

    Recently, ZonMw awarded a grant worth 742.000 euros to Marieke Spreeuwenberg and her team to develop a measurement scale for integrative health approaches.

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  • New: UM Graduate School training programme

    Thursday, January 20, 2022 Read more
  • Daisy Janssen

    Daisy Janssen appointed professor in Old Age Medicine

    Friday, January 14, 2022

    The chair is an important link in interdisciplinary education and research in the field of care for the elderly in a vulnerable position within the Living Lab Ageing and Long-Term Care Limburg.

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  • Kasia Czabanowska

    Katarzyna (Kasia) Czabanowska appointed professor of Public Health Leadership and Workforce Development

    Wednesday, January 5, 2022 Read more
  • Asthma onderzoek

    Fewer patients visited GP due to asthma or COPD during the covid-19 pandemic

    Tuesday, December 21, 2021

    Since the start of the corona pandemic in March 2020, the use of general practitioner care by patients due to asthma or COPD has been persistently lower than in 2019, the year before the corona pandemic. 

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  • Doctor with laptop checking patient's heart rate

    Green light for LIME 2.0 care innovation programme

    Monday, December 20, 2021

    The Province of Limburg has awarded a second tranche of subsidy of 2,040,000 euros to the 'Kennis-As' project LIME (LImburg MEet). LIME has proven itself in recent years as an accessible and interdisciplinary knowledge center and innovation platform for healthcare.

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  • Daan Westra

    Veni grant for Daan Westra

    Thursday, December 16, 2021

    The Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) awarded a prestigious Veni grant to Daan Westra.

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  • milena pavlova

    Healthcare for undocumented migrants

    Wednesday, December 15, 2021

    Together with her master’s students, Milena Pavlova is investigating the access to healthcare of undocumented migrants. Her findings give cause for concern: in many countries, this group has no or little access to healthcare.

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  • Borders and viruses, and how to deal with those

    Tuesday, December 14, 2021

    How do public health professionals manage Infectious Disease Control (IDC) in a very dynamic and densely populated Euregion such as the Euregion Meuse-Rhine with its active social life across the borders? That is what Dr. Alena Kamenshchikova and her colleagues wanted to find out. From December 2020 until April 2021, they investigated the way Euregional public health professionals in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands tried to control COVID-19.

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  • Choices of hospitals in times of crisis; what does it do to staff?

    Monday, December 13, 2021

    Daan Westra en Bram Fleuren, leiden samen het project: ‘Uitproberen, aanpassen, opbranden? In dit project onderzoeken zij hoe ziekenhuizen zich aan de COVID-19 pandemie aanpassen en welke gevolgen dit heeft voor de duurzame inzetbaarheid van hun personeel.

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  • Francine Schneider

    Welcome to Francine Schneider: our new PhD Community Coordinator

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021

    Francine Schneider is our new PhD Community Coordinator as of 1 December 2021.

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  • Pitch your phd

    Winners Pitch your PhD!

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021

    33 high-quality pitches were submitted by our Phd candidates. After a careful pre-selection, 8 of them were selected to pitch their work at the CAPHRI online Research Meeting and had a chance to win the Jury or Audience PhD Pitch Award 2021.

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  • Dissertation Award

    Dissertation Award for Alena Kamenshchikova and Esther Steenaart

    Thursday, November 25, 2021

    During the online CAPHRI Research Meeting on 23 November the Dissertation Award 2021 was presented to Alena Kamenshchikova and Esther Steenaart. The Dissertation Award recognizes the completion of an outstanding dissertation by a CAPHRI PhD candidate in 2020. 

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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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  • Floor van den Brand

    Catharina Pijls Dissertation Prize for Floor van den Brand

    Thursday, November 18, 2021

    Floor van den Brand has won the Catharina Pijls Dissertation Prize for her ‘excellent research in the field of health sciences’.

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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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  • Co-creation Compass

    Co-creation Impact Compass: Working together for more impact

    Thursday, July 15, 2021

    Do you want to improve the impact of your research or innovation project? You can find and select an appropriate co-creation method yourself!

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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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  • Research Engineering

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

    Thursday, May 20, 2021 Read more
  • networks

    Do social networks influence infectious diseases prevention behavior?

    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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CAPHRI Research Day 2022

Registration has opened!

Dear CAPHRI colleagues, we cordially invite you to the 2022 edition of the CAPHRI Research Day on Wednesday 22 June. Our annual event where we can meet, share and learn.

Read more about the programma and register here

CAPHRI webinar

Online workshop Crowdfunding@UM

Do you like to explore innovative and alternative ways for funding? Learn how to create a successful crowdfunding campaign in cooperation with Limburg University Fund/SWOL. 

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PhD opportunities at CAPHRI

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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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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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