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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  • Daisy Jonkers

    Daisy Jonkers is the new Scientific Director of NUTRIM

    Thursday, June 25, 2020

    Daisy Jonkers is the new Scientific Director of NUTRIM

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  • Annemie Schols vice-voorzitter RVB

    ‘The hospital and faculty have a lot to offer each other’

    Friday, May 29, 2020
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    Annemie Schols appointed as UM dean Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

    Tuesday, February 18, 2020

    Annemie Schols, Professor of Nutrition and Metabolism in Chronic Diseases, has been appointed as the new dean of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML). She will begin her first four-year appointment on 1 June 2020.

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  • Ho Box baby

    Babies with the right gut flora have a lower risk of allergies

    Tuesday, January 21, 2020

    Favourable gut flora in very young infants reduces their chances of developing allergies. Good gut bacteria that leave anti-inflammatory metabolites in the intestinal tract are much more prolific in non-allergic children. This was the finding of a long-term study by Maastricht researchers on the gut flora in 400 infants.

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  • NUTRIM, DIV1, DIV2, DIV3, Anke Oenema

    Knowledge Synthesis Nutrition and Mental Health

    Monday, November 18, 2019

    A research consortium led by dr. Anke Oenema provided an extensive overview of scientific and practice based evidence on the relation between nutrition and mental disorders across the life span. The results and conclusions of this study are presented in a report that is now available.

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  • SSIB Distinguished Career Award 2019

    Tuesday, September 3, 2019

    Prof. dr. Margriet Westerterp-Plantenga received the ''2019 SSIB Distinguished Career Award, for her outstanding contributions to the understanding of ingestive behavior''.

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  • Science and Innovation award 2019

    Tuesday, July 9, 2019

    On the 27th of June Marin de Jong en Marieke Pierik with the myIBDcoach study group received the Science and Innovation award 2019 of the Dutch Federation of Medical specialist.

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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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NUTRIM, PhD, Roger Godschalk, DIV1, DIV2, DIV3

Hecht magazine, February 2020

The scientific director of NUTRIM Annemie Schols and researchers Emanuel Canfora, Daniel Keszthelyi and Alex Remels were recently reviewed for an article in the journal ''Hecht''. Here you can read the whole article (only in Dutch).

Babies with the right gut flora have a lower risk of allergies

NUTRIM PhD students Gianluca Galazzo and Niels van Best from the department of Medical Microbiology published their recent study on the microbiota development during infancy and its association with allergic diseases in the prominent journal Gastroenterology. 

The study, led by John Penders, is part of an international JPI HDHL-funded project in collaboration with scientists from McMaster University, Charité University Hospital, RWTH Aachen and the University of Bielefeld.

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Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC+) logo

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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