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’.

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  • Study brings lifestyle disease liver fattening into focus

    Wednesday, July 27, 2022

    An unhealthy lifestyle can have disastrous consequences for the liver. Fatty liver disease can develop, a chronic liver condition that can lead to liver failure or even liver cancer. Fatty liver also contributes to the development and worsening of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 

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  • ronit shiri-sverdlov

    Food is family

    Wednesday, August 4, 2021

    What she eats matters less to her than who her tablemates are. Ronit Shiri-Sverdlov, professor of Inflammation and Metabolic Health, is happiest when eating at home with her family. The chef is whoever feels like cooking, the food is whatever they happen to have on hand.

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  • zonNW

    ZonMW funds three Team Science projects

    Wednesday, June 16, 2021
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  • New method for human fermentation

    Monday, June 14, 2021 Read more
  • wormen

    Insects a protein-dense food source for muscle increase

    Wednesday, June 2, 2021 Read more
  • diabetesonderzoek biologische klok

    Long-term research on the effects of lifestyle on the biological clock

    Thursday, March 25, 2021

    Scientists from the Netherlands and Canada, led by Professor Patrick Schrauwen of Maastricht University, are to investigate whether lifestyle changes can help to restore the 24-hour rhythm of people at a high risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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  • gijs goossens

    Obesity and COVID-19: a dangerous duo

    Wednesday, March 24, 2021

    People with obesity are more likely to contract a severe case of COVID-19, and more likely to die from it. Gijs Goossens, associate professor of Human Biology, is studying whether drugs that lower blood pressure can reduce the risks.

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  • Doctor assessing a series of lung x-ray photos

    Prevention is the key to healthy lungs

    Thursday, February 25, 2021

    Research program to fundamentally improve the early detection, prevention and treatment of lung disease.

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  • Open Science Festival 2021

    Egon Willighagen’s efforts to promote Open Science awarded at National Open Science Festival

    Thursday, February 11, 2021

    The Open Initiatives Trophies give recognition to teams or individuals who have made efforts to promote Open Science with their peers and in their local communities in the Netherlands. Egon Willighagen – assistant professor at NUTRIM – received a trophy and 250 euros as one of the runner ups.

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  • Anita Vreugdenhil

    Ongoing corona crisis has a long-term impact on the lifestyle of children

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021

    The gap between children who live healthy and unhealthy increases only due to the corona crisis.

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Obesity and COVID-19: a dangerous duo

gijs goossens

Older people are hit hardest by the coronavirus, but by far the second most prevalent group is people with obesity. They are more likely to contract a severe case of COVID-19, and more likely to die from it. Gijs Goossens, associate professor of Human Biology, is studying whether drugs that lower blood pressure can reduce the risks. “Obesity is a major risk factor, so I would like to see the media emphasise not only the prevention of infection, but also the importance of a healthy lifestyle when people are working from home or are in quarantine.”

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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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