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.
Central disorders that are investigated in NUTRIM Division II include inflammatory bowel disease, liver failure, irritable bowel syndrome, cancer cachexia, cholestasis and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis.
Research in Division III aims to understand the onset of disease related to age and lifestyle and to identify people with an enhanced risk for disease and (re-)hospitalisation.
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’.
Research outputs from all three NUTRIM divisions.
Doctoral theses in all three NUTRIM divisions listed by publication year.
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.
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.
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.
Dietary nitrate, for example found in beetroot juice, can improve performance of trained athletes performing high-intensity and intermittent-type exercise, while endurance athletes show very little to no benefit. This is shown in research conducted at Maastricht University and Maastricht UMC+ under supervision of Dr. Lex Verdijk and Prof. Luc van Loon. Jean Nyakayiru recently received his PhD on the basis of this research. Read more about this research.
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.