Graduate School

School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism

NUTRIM School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism aims to contribute to excellence in health maintenance and personalized 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. This distinct profile has placed NUTRIM at the cutting-edge of various related domains. NUTRIM's research lines are:

  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Gut-Liver Homeostasis
  • Chronic Inflammatory Disease & Wasting
  • Gene-Environment Interactions


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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Diseases that have our
special attention:

  • obesity, NASH and diabetes
  • COPD, IBD and renal disease
  • cancer
  • witte bloedcellen

    White blood cells important for yo-yo effect after weight loss

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    Adipose tissue in the body may increase the likelihood of gaining weight after weight loss. The cells of the immune system, also known as white blood cells, play an important role as well.

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  • Suiker en voedselafhankelijkheid

    Sugar hardly contributes to food dependence

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    Recent results of a study conducted by researchers at Maastricht University provided no scientific evidence to support the general assumption that sugar is addictive and leads to weight gain.

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  • Food as a medicine

    Food as medicine

    Monday, March 27, 2017

    Dr Alie de Boer – a food scientist at University College Venlo, a satellite campus of Maastricht University – recently published an article in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition. Based on a comprehensive literature study, she revealed the importance of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E in managing chronic inflammatory lung diseases, such as COPD and autoimmune sarcoidosis.

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  • Walking better than high-intensity exercise for diabetics

    Monday, December 5, 2016

    Walking, strolling and standing more during the day is better for sugar regulation in diabetics than an hour of high-intensity exercise. 

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  • World diabetes day

    Preventing diabetes

    Monday, November 14, 2016

    On this day exactly 125 years ago, physician Sir Fredrick Grant Banting was born. Together with Charles Best and John Macleod, Banting discovered that insulin could be used to treat diabetes.

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  • eiwittoediening

    Effective muscle building by administering protein during sleep

    Friday, November 4, 2016

    The administration of proteins during sleep is an effective way to promote muscle building (PhD conferral Bart de Groen).

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  • Aalt Bast new dean Campus Venlo

    Monday, August 29, 2016

    Following consultations with the deans of the faculties participating in the development of UM’s activities in Venlo, the Executive Board has appointed Aalt Bast as the new dean of Campus Venlo.

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  • Iron(wo)man Andrea Scharmga

    Wednesday, August 3, 2016

    Andrea: Swimming went smoothly. During biking I had to be cautious because of the rain. The first two rounds of the mrathon I was okay, but during rounds three and four I had a hard time. Then, finally, the very last kilometers through the city centre, it was like I was growing wings, and all went well again.
    Now I have to recover and then I am going to focuss on a new challenge!

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  • Gerard & Anton Award 2016 for Ferry Schoenmakers, Tom Mulken and René van der Hulst

    Tuesday, August 2, 2016

    Source: E52, 29 July 2016
    The curation of lymphedema:in the medical world it sounds like a desirable goal. But start-up Microsure (Eindhoven - Maastricht) is showing that this is possible with the help of an assistant robot. The developers are Ferry Schoenmakers, Tom Mulken and René van der Hulst.

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  • snackgedrag kinderen

    How to curb children's snacking habits

    Tuesday, July 26, 2016

    Research from Maastricht UMC+ on the influence that parents can have on children's snacking habits (MUMC+ news).

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