Graduate School

School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism

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.

PhD Education

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’.

Learn more about NUTRIM PhD opportunities



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    Beetroot juice is better for footballers than for cyclists

    Friday, February 22, 2019

    Nitrate, which is found in beetroot juice, for example, has a positive effect on the performance of trained athletes who primarily require short bursts of energy, such as footballers. For endurance athletes, such as cyclists, nitrate appears to have very little to no effect.

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  • UM article top downloaded journal articles

    Thursday, January 24, 2019

    An article of Mayke van Dort PhD at Maastricht University, in 2018 in the series orthopedic magazines in Springer has the most number of downloads, namely more than 43.000.

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  • New study to identify and address barriers to sweetener use

    Thursday, January 10, 2019

    A new study, led by researchers from the Universities of Liverpool and Copenhagen, has been launched to identify the risks and benefits of sugar replacements in the diet. The Department of Human Biology from Maastricht University is also a partner in this large European Initiative. The team is led by Prof Ellen Blaak with coworkers Dr Gijs Goossens and Dr Tanja Adam.

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  • Horizontal living – BAD Award 2018

    Tuesday, December 11, 2018

    Living and working from your bed; more and more people choose to live like this. But what does this do to you? Yiyun Chen lived horizontally for a month while being monitored by UM scientists. The UM video team visited Yiyun in the specially designed room in Eindhoven after two weeks and was there the day she left the room.

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    How the right lighting saves on your heating costs

    Friday, November 30, 2018

    The intensity and colour of lighting influence heating costs. Moreover, the right lighting contributes to a healthier indoor climate in offices and other buildings. This is demonstrated in Marije te Kulve’s research, with which she obtained her PhD at Maastricht University (UM) this week.

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    A month-long lie-in

    Friday, October 12, 2018

    The chinese artist Yiyun Chen won together with UM scientists, Professor Patrick Schrauwen and Dr Vera Schrauwen-Hinderling of the Department of Nutrition and Human Movement Sciences, the BAD Award worth € 25,000, with which she will conduct an artistic / semi-scientific experiment. From 15 October, Chen will spend a month in a specially designed room in Eindhoven.

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  • Prestigious awards for two PhD students Human Biology (NUTRIM)

    Thursday, July 12, 2018 Read more
  • Disrupted circadian rhythm increases risk of type 2 diabetes

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    A reversal of the day and night rhythm, due to shift work for example, leads to a disturbance in blood sugar levels. Scientists from Maastricht University have demonstrated this for the first time in humans.

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  • NUTRIM researchers win Bio Art & Design Award 2018

    Monday, May 28, 2018

    NUTRIM researchers Prof. dr. Patrick Schrauwen and Dr Vera Schrauwen-Hinderling have won the Bio Art & Design Award 2018 (BAD Award) together with artist Yiyun Chen.

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    Lucas Lindeboom nominated Science Talent 2018: vote now!

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018 Read more
NUTRIM, Research

Beetroot juice better for footballers than for cyclists

Dietary nitrate, for example found in beetroot juice, can improve performance of trained athletes performing high-intensity and intermittent-type exercise, while endurance athletes show very little to no benefit. This is shown in research conducted at Maastricht University and Maastricht UMC+ under supervision of Dr. Lex Verdijk and Prof. Luc van Loon. Jean Nyakayiru recently received his PhD on the basis of this research. Read more about this research.

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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.

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