Institute of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism
From healthy lifestyle and disease prevention to disease management and healthy aging across the whole lifespan.
NUTRIM contributes 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.
- €18m annual budget
- Annually 500+ publications in Science Citation indexed journals
- 450 researchers, including 300 PhD students, and 63 support staff
- Fundamental, clinical and applied research
- Led by Prof. Daisy Jonkers
NUTRIM's Research focus and overall aim
Research into lifestyle and disease-specific factors in disease onset and progression, plays a crucial role in the pursuit of new therapeutic diagnostic methods and new forms of treatment. Therefore, NUTRIM's research focuses on the entire life cycle of people to improve preventive lifestyle strategies, current and novel treatments options, and the improvement of patient care and the patient's experience.
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.
NUTRIM Research Divisions
NUTRIM offers a PhD programme with high internationally recognised standards and qualified supervisors will guide you. Our ambition is to foster the academic development of young researchers such that they can develop themselves by acquiring skills and expertise. The NUTRIM PhD training offers a programme for students who aspire a broad understanding of human nutrition, metabolism and toxicology, next to outstanding research capabilities. NUTRIM PhD students are also involved in several master’s programmes in educational roles.
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 has a new professor since 1 January 2024. Congratulations Andrzej. This is a professorship in the title of top reference/top clinical care, embedded within the NUTRIM Department of Plastic Surgery. Read more on his chair.
Healthy eating is not only good for the body, but also for the brain. Research by Kevin Nijssen shows that elderly people who eat two handfuls of nuts every day had better memory and brain perfusion
John Penders appointed as Professor in Metagenomic Epidemiology and Intestinal Microbiology as of January 1st 2024.
Read more on his chair
NUTRIM-researcher Bas Van Hooren involved in the research of University of the Shannon in Ireland. The human body maintains the ability to adapt to exercise at any age, showing that it’s never too late to start a fitness program
Hannah Pallubinsky NUTRIM Researcher in the Daily Mail, January 16 2024
Mail Online explores why turning your heating down a notch — for short, fixed periods — could overhaul your health.
Hormone therapy is an effective treatment for prostate cancer, but also leads to negative side effects, such as an increase in fat mass, and decrease in muscle mass, strength and endurance. Lisanne Houben, physician-researcher, shows that strength training in this group of patients helps to combat...
A special holiday newsletter edition with the NUTRIM highlights of 2023. With these achievements we are confidently turning the page towards 2024. We thank our support and research staff and all partners for their efforts in 2023 and wish you very happy holidays.
Read the NUTRIM newsletter here
A meal with meat ensures muscle proteins are built faster than a vegan meal with the same amount of protein. This is according to the research of Philippe Pinckaers from Maastricht University and Maastricht UMC+'s research institute NUTRIM. Pinckaers was the first to compare the speed at which...
Publication of the study results on brain-gut interaction in gluten sensitivity by NUTRIM researchers Marlijne de Graaf and Daisy Jonkers
Paul Schoffelen honoured with the golden MUMC heart on 28 November
Doctoral theses in all three NUTRIM divisions listed by publication year.
Scientific and societal impact - projects, best practices and stories of NUTRIM
Research outputs from all three NUTRIM divisions.
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.