Research institutes

M4I Division of Imaging Mass Spectrometry

Developing and applying state-of-the-art mass spectrometry based molecular imaging approaches for nanomedicine and biomedical research, including mass spectrometry as a diagnostic and prognostic tool for personalized medicine in oncology, neurology and cardiovascular medicine.

News

  • Maastricht University and Avans University of Applied Sciences awarded €250,000 for forensic study of hair

    Friday, July 6, 2018

    Researchers at Maastricht University (UM) and Avans University of Applied Sciences are developing a method that enables person profiling on the basis of hair.

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  • Maastricht technology makes simultaneous lipid imaging and identification possible

    Thursday, May 24, 2018

    Scientists from Maastricht University (UM) and researchers from Denmark and Germany have developed a new technique to accurately determine both the location and identity of lipids in bodily tissues in a single workflow. Lipids are essential molecules in every cell of our body and intimately involved in many important biological functions. 

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  • Maastricht University is a linchpin in national microscopy research

    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) is allocating more than 17 million euros in subsidies for the further development of a Dutch network for electron microscopy (NEMI). Almost 5 million of this will go to UM. From Maastricht, the M4I institute of university professors Ron Heeren (mass spectrometry) and Peter Peters (cryo-electron microscopy) is one of the initiators of NEMI.

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  • MSI symposium November 2017

    First workshop on Mass Spectrometry Imaging organised by M4i

    Friday, December 8, 2017

    From November 13-17th, 2017 M4i organised its first workshop dedicated to Mass Spectrometry Imaging (MSI). 

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  • The organising committe of OurCon V: Florian Barré (UM), Alina Astefanei (UvA), Irena Dapic (UvA), Philippe Saudemont (UdL), Brenda Bakker (UT), Lieke Lamont (UM), Pieter Kooijman (UM)

    International MSI conference OurCon organised by M4i

    Friday, November 10, 2017

    Three PhD students from Maastricht University's M4I took the lead in bringing the fifth edition of the OurCon mass spectrometry imaging (MSI) to the Netherlands.

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  • Lipiden MSI

    M4i research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

    Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    Research into the influence of lipids on the severity of a bacterial infection in a mammalian host published in PNAS.

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  • M4i hosts Mass Spectrometry Imaging workshop

    Tuesday, October 31, 2017

    M4i organizes its first workshop on Mass Spectrometry Imaging in Maastricht on November 13-17th, 2017.

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  • Ron Heeren in Analytical Scientist Power List 2017

    Monday, October 23, 2017

    Ron Heeren ranks #6 in the category 'Mass Spectrometrists' of the Analytical Scientist Power List 2017 

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  • Protein accumulation mapped for Alzheimer’s

    Monday, September 11, 2017

    Dankzij de Maastrichtse cryo-elektronenmicroscoop konden onderzoekers de moleculaire structuur in kaart brengen van het Beta-amyloïde eiwit, dat een rol speelt in de Ziekte van Alzheimer.

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  • Lieke Lamont receives poster prize

    MSACL-Poster prize for M4i researcher

    Monday, February 13, 2017

    Lieke Lamont, PhD candidate at the M4i division of Imaging Mass Spectrometry, was awarded a prize for her poster presentation at the 9th Conference on Mass Spectrometry Applications to the Clinical Lab.

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Research

The M4I Division of Imaging Mass Spectrometry is one of the world leaders in high resolution molecular imaging of biological surfaces. The division targets the development and application of state-of-the-art mass spectrometry based molecular imaging approaches for biomedical cellular and tissue research. Main research aim for the coming years is to develop and apply mass spectrometry as a diagnostic and prognostic tool for personalized medicine.

Education

M4I’s scientists will be involved in teaching at a bachelor's, master's and PhD level, within the University College Maastricht, the Maastricht Science Programme and various programmes within the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences.

The New Dawn of Cancer Surgery |
Ron Heeren | TEDxMaastricht Nov 3, 2016​

Pioneer prof. dr. Ron Heeren, University professor at Maastricht University and key player in the Top Research Institute M4I (Maastricht MultiModal Molecular Imaging Institute) is at the forefront of technological breakthroughs in oncology, neurology and cardiovascular medicine. Heeren’s team is developing biomedical applications of Mass Spectroscopy Imaging (MSI), or in other words techniques to photograph molecules.

The New Dawn of Cancer Surgery | Ron Heeren | TEDxMaastricht

New M4I office wing

A new M4I office wing with the same open and transparent look and feel will be realised now. Based on C.O.R.E. collaborative open research education. C.O.R.E. requires a transparent and open environment for both laboratories and offices.

M4I office wing

Visiting address: M4I Division of Imaging Mass Spectrometry

Prof Ron Heeren - contact Helen Schott