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 25-year anniversary

The celebration activities spread over November and include the two-day introduction course for new PhD Students with NUTRIM Café, Pizza Movie Night, Battle of the Departments Quiz and the Annual NUTRIM Symposium followed by dinner buffet and party.


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’.

Learn more about NUTRIM PhD opportunities

Diseases that have our
special attention:

  • obesity, NASH and diabetes
  • COPD, IBD and renal disease
  • cancer
  • VENI grants

    Five Veni grants for UM researchers

    Friday, July 28, 2017

    Five of the 154 granted Veni-applications came from Maastricht.

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  • ehealth

    E-health application for chronic bowel disease a success

    Saturday, July 15, 2017

    The e-health application MyIBDcoach has resulted in a 50% reduction in the number of hospital admissions, fewer out-patient visits and better medication compliance in patients with chronic inflammatory bowel conditions such as Crohn’s disease (MUMC+ news).

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  • Fewer phlebotomies needed thanks to medication

    Tuesday, July 4, 2017

    Gastric ulcer drug shown to have alternative application (MUMC+ news).

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  • Freddy Troost

    Golden combination of commerce and science

    Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    The success of the master’s programme in Health Food Innovation Management was one of the critical factors in whether or not to establish a Maastricht University campus in Venlo. The graduation of the sixth class puts an end to any possible doubt. “We’re sticking around; we’ve proven that we have a right to exist”, says associate professor and programme coordinator Freddy Troost.

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  • Prof. Van Marken Lichtenbelt nominated for Huibregtsen Prize

    Friday, June 16, 2017

    Van Marken Lichtenbelt’s discovery of brown adipose tissue in adults in 2009 led to the research of ways to activate and increase brown adipose tissue. On 9 October 2017 foreman of the jury José van Dijck (president KNAW) will announce the winner of the Huibregsten Prize during the Night of Science & Society (Avond van Wetenschap & Maatschappij).

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  • 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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