Research institutes

Maastricht MultiModal Molecular Imaging Institute

The Maastricht MultiModal Molecular Imaging Institute (M4I) is a state-of-the art molecular imaging institute that brings together a powerful palette of high-end, innovative imaging technologies. The mission of the institute is to perform fundamental, instrumentation and applied studies in molecular imaging as a part of a translational, synergistic, interdisciplinary research programme. M4I aims to be a leading international molecular imaging center relevant for science, education, economy and society.  The institute aspires to generate a high-end research environment and a unique knowledge infrastructure, attractive to top researchers from all over the world.

Research

The M4I Division of Nanoscopy investigates cell structures at a macromolecular level. Inside cells, proteins work together in complex structures and are responsible for virtually all processes in the human body, including diseases such as cancer. To understand the working mechanisms of protein complexes, three-dimensional imaging of normal and disease-causing protein complexes is essential. This could ultimately lead to more effective treatments, but also to vaccines against diseases such as tuberculosis.

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.

Two M4I Divisions

M4I | Division of Nanoscopy

Strives for greater insight into the 3D form of cell proteins, paving the way for developing more effective treatments for diseases such as cancer and tuberculosis while gaining better understanding of how protein complexes manage healthy and diseased cells, allowing drugs and vaccines to work more effectively

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.

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

  • Poster prize for Martha Ingola

    Poster prize for Martha Ingola

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    Martha Ingola, who is in her final year of her Bachelor biology and medical laboratory research and an intern at the M4I division of Imaging Mass Spectrometry, was awarded a poster prize.

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  • New Scientist lunch lecture by Ron Heeren

    Wednesday, January 6, 2016

    On November 28, 2015 Ron Heeren presented glimpses of the ‘operating room of the future’ during a lunch lecture in Amsterdam. 

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  • Nobel Prize-winning microscope in Maastricht

    Thursday, October 30, 2014

    The 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was recently awarded to (among others) the discoverer and developer of the STED microscope, Stefan Hell from Heidelberg. And Maastricht University has one of the two modern STED microscopes in the Netherlands.

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  • Brains Unlimited wins ICT Impact Award 2014

    Wednesday, October 1, 2014

     

    MRI-platform Brains Unlimited from Maastricht University wins the ICT Impact Award. Brains Unlimited was nominated because of the great impact the scanner platform has on society and as part of the digital economy.

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  • Another top research group comes to Maastricht

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

    The transfer of Prof. Ron M.A. Heeren (1965) from Amsterdam to Maastricht on 1 September 2014 signals the start of the creation of a new European institute for molecular imaging: M4I, or the Maastricht Multimodal Molecular Imaging institute.

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