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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Shared Decison making

    Improving personalized treatment in oncology

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020

    The Dutch Cancer Society (KWF) awarded a grant (€950.000) to the research project ‘Improving personalized treatment in oncology. Towards shared decisions based on integrated information regarding treatment options, health status and patient preferences’.

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  • Futureproof Practice Family Medicine located in the South of Limburg

    Tuesday, October 13, 2020

    PlusPraktijken: a futureproof and sustainable practice in family medicine.

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  • Mariannen Nieuwenhuijze

    Marianne Nieuwenhuijze benoemd tot hoogleraar Midwifery/Fysiologische Verloskunde

    Thursday, October 8, 2020

    Marianne Nieuwenhuijze is benoemd tot bijzonder hoogleraar Midwifery/Fysiologische Verloskunde bij Universiteit Maastricht. 

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  • Timo Clemens

    Timo Clemens new Vice-Chairman VHC

    Thursday, October 1, 2020

    Dr. Timo Clemens is appointed vice-chairman of CAPHRI’s research line Creating Value-Based Health Care (VHC).

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  • CAPHRI Institute

    Also fewer HPV infections in unvaccinated women

    Thursday, October 1, 2020

    Petra Woestenberg obtained her PhD (Cum Laude) with her dissertation called: "Measuring the effects of HPV16/18 vaccination on HPV positivity and anogenital warts". Petra investigated the effects of the HPV vaccination programme in the Netherlands. Her research concluded that HPV vaccination is very effective in protecting against HPV infection.

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  • Christian Hoebe

    “Why not move Carnival to summer?”

    Thursday, September 24, 2020

    Christian Hoebe, professor of Social Medicine and head of Infectious Disease Control at the GGD Zuid-Limburg, discusses his passion for social medicine, his childhood in Alkmaar and, of course, the fight against COVID-19.

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  • Research shows urgent need to teach healthy habits in primary school

    Monday, September 21, 2020

    Children’s health improves if they have a healthy lunch at school, get varied exercise and are taught in class about healthy behaviour. These are the findings of the ‘Healthy Primary School of the Future’ project, the final results of which will be announced during a symposium in Venlo on Tuesday, September 22.

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  • Prof. Jan Hamers

    Jan Hamers nominated for 2020 Huibregtsen Prize

    Saturday, September 12, 2020

    Prof. Jan Hamers, professor of Care for the Elderly is one of the six nominees for the 2020 Huibregtsen Prize, which is awarded to recent research that is both scientifically innovative and socially relevant. 

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  • ERC logo

    ERC Starting Grant for Olga Zvonareva and Francesca Rapino

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  • Logo of the This is Public Health campaign

    Show the importance of public health, especially now!

    Monday, September 7, 2020

    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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  • Olga Zvonareva

    ERC Starting Grant for Olga Zvonareva

    Thursday, September 3, 2020

    Olga Zvonareva has received an ERC Starting Grant, which is an European research grant for young academics at the career stage at which they are starting their own independent research team or programme. 

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  • Patients with severe COPD benefit from a daily dose of morphine

    Tuesday, August 18, 2020

    The daily use of low-dose morphine tablets by patients with a severe form of the lung disease COPD has a positive effect on quality of life, and has no negative side effects. These are the findings of a recent study by Cindy van den Berg-Verberkt and Dr Daisy Janssen of the Ciro knowledge centre and Maastricht University (UM).

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  • Verpleeghuis

    Prestigious grant for study on relocation of nursing home residents

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020

    Hilde Verbeek, Jan Hamers (RL Ageing and Long-Term Care) and their team were awarded a grant of € 1.730.000 by the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport (VWS). They will study how relocations in nursing home care be improved for residents and their loved ones, while contributing to their quality of life and quality of care.

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  • Dirk Ruwaard, Daan Westra, Bram Fleuren, Fred Zijlstra

    ZonMw grant for study on the effect of the coronacrisis on hospitals in Limburg

    Tuesday, July 7, 2020

    Dirk Ruwaard, Daan Westra (RL Creating Value-Based Health Care) and their team received a ZonMw grant of €493.413 for their research project 'Improve, adapt, overwork? Understanding and learning from hospitals' adaptations to COVID-19 and their effects on professional functioning and recovery'.

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  • europasterren

    How to make ethically responsible corona policy?

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

    Associate Professor in public health ethics Peter Schröder-Bäck studied the effects of the European debt crisis on health. He is now advising  policymakers across Europe on the ethics of responding to the corona crisis.

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  • Aggie Paulus

    Aggie Paulus appointed Professor of ‘Economics of Education and Healthcare’

    Thursday, June 25, 2020 Read more
  • Kennisagenda Zorg op Juiste Plek

    Kennisagenda Zorg op de Juiste Plek aan VWS aangeboden

    Wednesday, June 24, 2020

    Dirk Ruwaard, voorzitter van het Kennisplatform de Juiste Zorg op de Juiste Plek (JZOJP), heeft 24 juni 2020 de Kennisagenda 'Zorg op de juiste plek' aan het Ministerie van VWS aangeboden. 

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  • Alana Helberg-Proctor

    “Ethnic or racial categories in health research don’t capture the complexity behind health inequalities”

    Friday, June 19, 2020

    After George Floyd was killed by an American police officer, many hundreds of thousands of people all over the world took to the streets to protest against racism. These protests also prompt self-reflection at UM: what is the current situation in terms of the use of race and racism in Dutch health care and health research? We asked Alana Helberg-Proctor.

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  • Maurice Zeegers

    ‘This is a golden age for science’

    Friday, June 12, 2020

    Maurice Zeegers is not only professor of Complex Genetics and Epidemiology, but also scientific director of the Maastricht research school CAPHRI (Care and Public Health Research Institute). And during these corona times, he also functions as research partner of the WHO Evidence Collaborative. A discussion about the delicate balance between scientific rigour and social impact.

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  • Wat ik belangrijk vind Onderzoek

    Online tool helps people in making decisions on long-term care

    Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    People who need long-term care sometimes have to make fundamental decisions, e.g. on a preferred therapy or living situation. Karin van Leersum (RL Promoting Health and Personalised Care) and colleagues developed the online tool together with clients, informal caregivers and independent care coordinators. 

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  • 1,5 meters distance

    You are responsible for others’ health

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    The importance of UM’s Smart Start-up protocol.

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  • dedicated logo

    Staying DEDICATED in times of COVID-19

    Friday, May 15, 2020

    Normally, the researchers involved in the DEDICATED project, are working on an approach to empower nursing staff in providing palliative dementia care. Now the involved nurses and other care professionals are working around the clock to provide the best possible care, the DEDICATED team is pausing on-site research activities. Instead, they are contributing from behind the scenes. How? 

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  • Raissa Derckx

    Times that call for flexibility

    Friday, May 15, 2020

    One of the things Raissa Derckx looked forward to in her PhD was to focus her attention on one single subject. Fast forward to last month, when her supervisor told her she should probably consider herself a full-time coronavirus researcher for the time being, as her ‘own’ topic (chlamydia management in primary care) was coming to a relative stand-still due to the virus. Now she is involved in two important COVID-19 related research projects. 

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  • Isolation in time of pandemic is a luxury

    Friday, May 15, 2020

    Remaining isolated in time of pandemic is a luxury. This does not only apply to those with vital professions who continue to serve society. It also applies to low-resource settings, where people have no other choice but to keep on as usual to be able to provide food for the family, irrespective of the health risks, and where access to care is challenging.

    Read the column by Milena Pavlova, prof. of Health Economics and Equity (RL Creating Value-Based Healthcare). 

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  • Milena Pavlova appointed professor Health Economics and Equity

    Monday, May 11, 2020 Read more
  • Jos Schols

    Jos Schols benoemd tot visiting professor aan de Vrije Universiteit Brussel

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  • Rik Crutzen

    Responsibility of experts

    Saturday, May 9, 2020

    "In contrast to viruses, experts have a great responsibility to recognise borders". A column by prof. Rik Crutzen 

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  • Your COVID-19 Risk Tool

    “Your COVID-19 Risk” tool

    Friday, May 8, 2020

    Helping people improve their behaviour to reduce their risk of contracting the coronavirus. That is the goal of the online tool ‘Your COVID-19 Risk’, which was launched last week. The tool was developed by an international group of 150 volunteers from 35 countries, including several CAPHRI behavioural scientists.

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  • Corona longen

    Assessment of Corona Burden Tool

    Thursday, May 7, 2020

    The Assessment of Corona Burden Tool (Corona Ziektelastmeter), developed by Lung Foundation Netherlands and CAPHRI, helps people who were infected with the novel coronavirus to get more control over the complaints they may experience.

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  • corona we're open de Rijk homeoffice

    Making work from home work for you

    Wednesday, May 6, 2020

    Fatigue, headaches, irritability, or sleep problems? These might be symptoms of stress caused by the unfamiliar demands of working from home. Angelique de Rijk studies work stress in nurses – and worries about the current situation and the transition back to normal.

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  • Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in China: managing trust and accountability

    Monday, May 4, 2020

    In late 2019, China became the first country to be hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic, and many cities were locked down in 2020 to prevent transmission. The country’s response to the coronavirus has raised questions about control measures and establishing public accountability and trust in a non-democratic context. Ronghui Yang (RL Health Inequities and Societal Particiation) traces discussions among citizens about the response to the coronavirus pandemic by following Chinese social media platforms.

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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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