NUTRIM, the Academic Hospital Maastricht and the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences have invested enormous time, resources and money into creating one of the best, cutting-edge array of medical research facilities in the Netherlands and the Europe.
Human Intervention Studies
Gluten intolerance is a wide spread condition causing a variety of gastro-intestinal complaints upon the consumption of gluten. In its most severe case, one speaks of celiac disease. Besides a lifelong gluten free diet, no treatment for this disorder exists. Gluten are highly resistant to digestive breakdown in our gastro-intestinal tract, and resulting gluten peptides can trigger immunological reactions.
Human Performance Research
Muscle dysfunction, due to chronic disease (e.g. suffering from Diabetes, COPD, Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, Obesity and Frailty) and or disuse, is an important determinant of adverse muscle skeletal loading, poor movement performance and reduced mobility in daily life.
Human Tissue Analysis
Brown adipose tissue (BAT) research: combining Human Tissue Analysis and Imaging
Imaging – non-invasive investigation of metabolism
Developing non-invasive imaging of liver inflammation.
Metabolic Research Unit Maastricht (MRUM)
As the prevalence of obesity and type II diabetes rapidly increases, so does the demand for highly precise studies in the field of energy expenditure, substrate utilization and other in-vivo metabolism parameters. These studies are of the greatest interest for nutritional, pharmaceutical and other health-related metabolic research.
3D Motion Capture and Muscle-Skeletal Modelling and Systems Biology.
Proteins are the major regulators of life processes and as such they are important for the balance between health and disease. Not only do they function as diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers of crucial health sustaining processes in the body, but proteins also are major drug targets for medication. Altogether, protein research and proteomics applications are indispensable in the academic setting.
The Stable Isotope Research Centre (SIRC)
The Stable Isotope Research Centre (SIRC) was started in 1993 as a joint collaboration between the Maastricht University School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism (NUTRIM) and the Academic Hospital Maastricht (azM). The aim of the SIRC is to provide analytical facilities and expertise that enables researchers of the two institutions to incorporate stable isotope techniques in nutritional, physiological and clinical studies.