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.

Diseases that have our
special attention:

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


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:


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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  • lever

    Lucas Lindeboom nominated Science Talent 2018: vote now!

    Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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  • Respiratiekamer

    Pioneering research through collaboration

    Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    NUTRIM – one of the six research schools within Maastricht UMC+ is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

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  • PopPeas

    Taste bud challenge - Food innovation in Venlo

    Friday, October 13, 2017

    Report about the Dutch Agri Food Week dinner on the Brightlands Campus Greenport Venlo.

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  • VENI beurzen

    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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