The School for Oncology & Developmental Biology (GROW) focuses on research and teaching of genetic and cellular mechanisms, as well as environmental and life-style factors that underlie normal (embryonic and fetal) and abnormal (cancer) development. The emphasis is on basic and translational research, aiming at innovative approaches for individualizing prevention, patient diagnosis, and treatment for genetically determined diseases and cancer.
GROW research activities in the areas of oncology and developmental medicine are closely interrelated, revolving around the same basic concepts and research techniques. Scientists at GROW collaborate intensively with clinicians at the Maastricht Oncology Centre and the Centre for Genetics, Reproduction and Child Health.
An important aim within GROW is training master's and PhD students in the fields of modern medicine and molecular life sciences.
“Our results have been a wake-up call for IVF centers worldwide.”
“Ultimately, we want personal, tailor-made lifestyle advice for every cancer survivor who needs it.”
“We are repurposing a well-known malaria-drug for our fight against cancer.”
Can she explain the second brain to children? For her discovery of the involvement of the Enteric Nervous System (ENS) in colorectal cancer, Veerle Melotte has been nominated for the Klokhuis Wetenschapsprijs. That might give her the chance to share her research – and possibly get a foot in the door of children’s entertainment.
In 2019, it seems more logical to make a scan of the armpit glands to determine whether breast cancer has spread, rather than surgery to remove the glands (the sentinel lymph node operation). For many women, the latter leads to long-term complaints, such as a stiff shoulder and accumulation of fluid in the arm (lymphedema). Until now, it wasn’t technically possible to make such a scan reliably. In a few years, researchers at Maastricht hope to change this through a study using the only PET-MRI scanner in the Netherlands.
GROW 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.