NUTRIM Partnerships

NUTRIM international collaborations

Based in Maastricht, NUTRIM collaborates with leading research institutes on four continents around the world: Europe, North America, South America and Asia.

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RWTH Aachen

Topic: Liver inflammation and failure
Contact persons: Prof U. Neumann (joint appointment Maastricht/Aachen)
Departments: Surgery, Internal Medicine and Molecular Genetics
Collaboration since 2010: Development of Euregional HPB centre (since 2010 joint weekly HPB multi-disciplinary-team meetings and joint cross border operations)

  • joint PhD projects
  • faculty exchange (Post-doc position of Dr. Veerle Bieghs)

RWTH Aachen

Topic: Intestinal microbiota
Contact persons: Dr. J. Penders
Department: Medical Microbiology
Collaboration since 2014 with Prof M. Hornef

  • joint PhD projects

German Diabetes Centre

Topic: Metabolism and Diabetes, Düsseldorf
Contact person: Prof. P. Schrauwen
Departments: Nutrition and Movement Sciences, Internal Medicine
Collaboration started in 2010 with Prof. M. Roden

  • joint research projects
  • joint annual diabetes day


INSERM Toulouse

Topic: Adipose tissue biology, disease biomarkers (EU-JPI program mirDIET)
Contact person: Prof. E. Blaak
Department: Human Biology & Human Movement Sciences
Collaboration with Prof. D. Langin

  • joint projects
  • sample exchange

Institute Pasteur Lille

Topic: Metabolism and Diabetes
Contact person: Prof. P. Schrauwen
Departments: Human Biology & Human Movement Sciences, Molecular Genetics
Collaboration started in 2014 with Prof. B. Staels

  • joint research projects
  • joint annual diabetes day


École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Laboratory of Integrative Systems Physiology

Topic: Mitochondrial metabolism
Contact person: Dr. J. Hoeks
Departments: Human Biology & Human Movement Sciences
Collaboration started in 2011 with PJ. Auwerx

  • faculty exchange

Nestlé Institutes of Health Sciences SA

Nutrition and Metabolic Health Unit
Topic: Human Nutrition and Genes
Contact person: Prof. W.H.M. Saris
Department: Human Biology & Human Movement Sciences
Collaboration with: Dr. J. Hager


University of Birmingham

Topic: Genetic epidemiology & evidence based medicine
Contact person: Prof. M. Zeegers
Departments: Complex Genetics, Internal Medicine, Paediatrics, Respiratory Medicine, Ophthalmology, Toxicology
Collaboration since 2008

  • joint NUTRIM-CAPHRI PhD Programme

University of Birmingham

Topic: Physical activity and health
Contact person: Prof. L. van Loon, Prof. J. Thompson
Department: Human Biology and Human Movement Sciences
Collaboration since 2005
Joint PhD Project with Prof. J. Thompson, and Dr. G. Wallis

  • joint PhD, including exchange PhD students (no formal legislation yet)

University College London

Topic: Gut-liver homeostasis
Contact person: Prof. S. Olde Damink
Departments: Surgery, Molecular Genetics
Collaboration since 1997 with Prof. R Jalan, Institute of Liver and Digestive Health

  • faculty exchange
  • joint PhD projects

University of Exeter

Topic: Protein metabolism and disuse atrophy
Contact person: Prof. L van Loon
Department: Human Biology & Human Movement sciences
Collaboration since 2015

joint PhD Project – double degree with Dr. B. Wall

University of Nottingham

Topic: Interaction fat and protein metabolism
Contact person: Prof. L. van Loon
Department: Human Biology & Human Movement sciences
Collaborations since 2000

  • exchange of PhD and Post-docs
  • no formal legal administration - long-standing collaboration with student exchange and collaborative grants and publications


University of Copenhagen

Topic: Nutrition, Exercise and Sports
Contact person: Prof. W.H.M. Saris
Department: Human Biology & Human Movement sciences
Collaboration with: Professor A. Astrup, MD, DMSc.

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North America


National Institute of Ageing

Topic: Chronic disease and aging
Contact person: Prof. Annemie Schols
Department: Respiratory Medicine
Collaboration started in 2009 with dr.Tamara Harris, dr. Raphael de Cabo and Prof. Luigi Ferruci

  • exchange at PhD and post-doc level
  • joint research projects
  • master classes

Dartmouth College

Topic: Breath analysis
Contact person: Dr. Agnieszka Smolinska
Department: Pharmacology and Toxicology

  • Collaboration since 2015faculty exchange (Visiting positions for Dr. Lionel Blanchet (NUTRIM) and Dr. Agnieszka Smolinska (NUTRIM)

Renal Research Institute New York

Topic: Pathophysiological and epidemiological research in the field of renal failure and renal replacement therapy
Contact person: Dr. P. Kotanko
Department: Internal Medicine, Nephrology
Collaboration with Prof. J. Kooman

  • Joint PhD projects

University of Vermont, Burlington

Topic: Respiratory Biology and oxidant-antioxidant metabolism
Contact person: Prof. E. Wouters
Departments: Respiratory Medicine, Medical Microbiology, Pharmacology & Toxicology
Collaboration since 1997

  • faculty exchange (Visiting professorships for Prof. Janssen-Heininger (NUTRIM) and Prof. E. Wouters (UvM)
  • joint PhD projects Joint laboratory facilities (NUTRIM: human tissue; UM: transgenic animal models)
  • joint symposia and Master classes

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South America


University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brasil

Topic: Optimising efficacy and effects of probiotics on health
Contact person: Prof. K. Venema
Department: campus Venlo
Collaboration with: Prof. Susana Marta Isay Saad; Departamento de Tecnologia Bioquímico-Farmacêutica da Faculdade de Ciências Farmacêuticas
Collaboration since 2014

  • joint laboratory facilities (NUTRIM: gut microbiota; TIM-experiments; USP: food technology, isolation of novel probiotic strains; new prebiotic substrates)
  • personnel exchange under investigation in the form of sandwich PhD; first student starting May 2016
  • collaboration in BioSyn (partners: USP, Technical University of Kopenhagen)

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St John’s Research Institute and National Academy, Bangalore

Topic: Nutrition and metabolism
Contact: Prof. A. Schols
Department: Respiratory Medicine
Collaboration started in 2009 with prof. A Kurpad

  • joint research
  • faculty and methodology exchange

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