NUTRIM Research

Mission of our Research

The mission of NUTRIM is to promote translational research into chronic metabolic and inflammatory disorders with a high societal burden that will contribute to personalised lifestyle and medicine approaches.

NUTRIM offers an excellent research programme that encompasses the entire spectrum of basic, translational, clinical and prevention projects providing NUTRIM with a distinct International health sciences profile that optimally fits within the Maastricht UMC+ care vision and organisation.

Our core research programme is organised around integrated multidisciplinary themes in 3 thematic research lines/divisions, including 21 clinical and basic sciences departments of Maastricht University Medical Centre+ (MUMC+).

Research Focus

NUTRIM research focuses on etiology and progression of chronic diseases, including diabetes, COPD, inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease and chronic kidney 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 with this approach is to accelerate the translation of science to patient and population. Our distinct focus on nutrition and metabolism has placed NUTRIM at the cutting-edge of various related domains.

Centre of excellence for scientific research

With the availability of unique patient cohorts and biobank as well as an internationally distinct, state of the art infrastructure for metabolic phenotyping allowing a network-based approach linking tissue and organ systems within chronic metabolic disorders we are able to mentor scientists at different stages of their academic career. In its PhD programme NUTRIM aims to meet the demand for scientists who are acquainted with novel fundamental research concepts and are equipped to optimise the translation from science to the clinic and to public health.

NUTRIM research centres around the following divisions:

Division 1
Obesity, Diabetes & Cardiovascular Health

Liver & Digestive Health

Division 2

Led by: John Penders  &  Ronit Shiri Sverdlov – Profile page

This research is providing novel insight into the pathophysiological processes of the gut and liver and translates these findings to the clinic. Central disorders that are investigated include inflammatory bowel disease, liver failure, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer cachexia, cholestasis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.

About Division 2
Division 2 Case Studies

Division 2 video: Liver & Digestive Health
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Respiratory & Age-related Health

Division 3

Led by:  Luc van Loon – Profile page &  Frederik-Jan van Schooten – Profile page

The research in respiratory & age-related health is etiological with the aim to understand the onset of disease related to age and lifestyle and to identify those people with an enhanced risk for disease and (re-)hospitalisation.

About Division 3
Division 3 Case Studies

Division 3 video: Respiratory & Age-related Health
nutrim division 3