Graduate School

School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism

NUTRIM School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism aims to contribute to excellence in health maintenance and personalized medicine by unraveling lifestyle and disease induced derangements in metabolism and by developing targeted nutritional, exercise and drug interventions. This is facilitated by a state of the art research infrastructure and close interaction between scientists, clinicians, master and PhD students.


NUTRIM research focuses on chronic diseases, including diabetes, COPD, inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease and renal disease, and contributes to improving cancer care. Biomedical research is directly linked to clinical trials and research focusing on behavioural interventions and health promotion. A primary goal is to accelerate the translation of science to patient and population. This distinct profile has placed NUTRIM at the cutting-edge of various related domains. NUTRIM's research lines are:

  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Gut-Liver Homeostasis
  • Chronic Inflammatory Disease & Wasting
  • Gene-Environment Interactions


NUTRIM offers a PhD training programme for students who aspire a broad understanding of human nutrition, metabolism and toxicology, next to outstanding research capabilities. NUTRIM researchers also teach in several master’s programmes, such as ‘Biomedical Sciences’, ‘Physician Clinical Scientist’ and ‘Health Food Innovation Management’.

Learn more about NUTRIM PhD opportunities

Diseases that have our
special attention:

  • obesity, NASH and diabetes
  • COPD, IBD and renal disease
  • cancer
  • snackgedrag kinderen

    How to curb children's snacking habits

    Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Research from Maastricht UMC+ on the influence that parents can have on children's snacking habits (MUMC+ news).

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  • Intestinal bacteria have little effect on human metabolism

    Saturday, July 16, 2016

    Drastic changes to the bacterial make-up of the gastrointestinal system caused by the administration of antibiotics have no clear-cut effect on the metabolism of the human body(MUMC+ News).

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  • Six Vidi scholarships for UM researchers

    Three Veni grants for UM

    Friday, July 15, 2016

    Three young UM researchers have each been awarded a NWO research grant.

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  • Journal of Pediatrics

    Bigger, heavier children due to antibiotics

    Friday, July 8, 2016

    Antibiotics stimulate children's growth, both in height and weight. These findings from a study done at Maastricht University are published in The Journal of Pediatrics today.

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  • Easy Integrating of Biological Knowledge Improves Understanding of Diseases

    Friday, June 24, 2016

    New technology provides potential to spur new connections and foster new collaborations.

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  • Exercise can improve the insulin sensitivity of people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease

    Friday, June 24, 2016

    The insulin sensitivity of patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is just as poor as that of patients with type 2 diabetes. Exercise, however, can help the patients to improve their insulin sensitivity, reduce the amount of fat in the liver and, effectively, pre-empt the development of type 2 diabetes. (Promotion Bram Brouwers).

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  • umc+

    Brown adipose tissue can be activated by substances occurring naturally in the body

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016

    PhD candidate's discovery may be a step in the struggle against overweight and obesity (MUMC+ News).

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  • Patrick Schrauwen ontvangt prestigieuze prijs voor diabetesonderzoek

    Prestigious Diabetes Research Award for Prof. Schrauwen

    Tuesday, May 24, 2016

    Second dutch scientist to win this prestigious diabetes research award

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  • Chris Evelo ELIXIR platform

    Chris Evelo new co-leader of ELIXIR Interoperability platform

    Monday, May 16, 2016

    Chris Evelo (ELIXIR Netherlands) is the new co-leader of the ELIXIR Interoperability Platform, replacing Barend Mons, the Head of Dutch ELIXIR Node. Evelo joins Helen Parkinson (EMBL-EBI) and Carole Goble (ELIXIR UK) in leading the Interoperability Platform.

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  • Link between air pollution and low birth weight in twins

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

    Doctoral research conducted by Esmée Bijnens (Hasselt University/Maastricht University) found that the more exposure to air pollution during pregnancy, the higher the chance of low birth weight in twins.

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