NUTRIM aims to contribute to health maintenance and personalised medicine by unraveling lifestyle and disease-induced derangements in metabolism and by developing targeted nutritional, exercise and drug interventions.
This is facilitated by a state of the art research infrastructure and close interaction between scientists, clinicians, master and PhD students.
NUTRIM research focuses on chronic diseases, including diabetes, COPD, inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease and renal 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 is to accelerate the translation of science to patient and population.
Central disorders that are investigated in NUTRIM Division II include inflammatory bowel disease, liver failure, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer cachexia, cholestasis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.
Research in Division III aims to understand the onset of disease related to age and lifestyle and to identify people with an enhanced risk for disease and (re-)hospitalisation.
NUTRIM offers a PhD training programme for students who aspire a broad understanding of human nutrition, metabolism and toxicology, next to outstanding research capabilities. NUTRIM researchers also teach in several master’s programmes, such as ‘Biomedical Sciences’, ‘Physician Clinical Scientist’ and ‘Health Food Innovation Management’.
Research outputs from all three NUTRIM divisions.
Doctoral theses in all three NUTRIM divisions listed by publication year.
Annemie Schols, Professor of Nutrition and Metabolism in Chronic Diseases, has been appointed as the new dean of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML). She will begin her first four-year appointment on 1 June 2020.
Favourable gut flora in very young infants reduces their chances of developing allergies. Good gut bacteria that leave anti-inflammatory metabolites in the intestinal tract are much more prolific in non-allergic children. This was the finding of a long-term study by Maastricht researchers on the gut flora in 400 infants.
A research consortium led by dr. Anke Oenema provided an extensive overview of scientific and practice based evidence on the relation between nutrition and mental disorders across the life span. The results and conclusions of this study are presented in a report that is now available.
The scientific director of NUTRIM Annemie Schols and researchers Emanuel Canfora, Daniel Keszthelyi and Alex Remels were recently reviewed for an article in the journal ''Hecht''. Here you can read the whole article (only in Dutch).
NUTRIM PhD students Gianluca Galazzo and Niels van Best from the department of Medical Microbiology published their recent study on the microbiota development during infancy and its association with allergic diseases in the prominent journal Gastroenterology.
The study, led by John Penders, is part of an international JPI HDHL-funded project in collaboration with scientists from McMaster University, Charité University Hospital, RWTH Aachen and the University of Bielefeld.
NUTRIM works in close cooperation with the Maastricht University Medical Center+ (MUMC+). MUMC+ is known both nationally and internationally for its focus on prevention and taking an integrated approach to health care: from prevention, promotion of good health, and basic care, to top-level clinical diagnostics and treatment. Patient safety is our top priority in all of our endeavours. MUMC+ is part of The Netherlands Federation of University Medical Centres.