7 June 2018
New test traces rare genetic defects in blood relatives
Maastricht UMC+ has developed a new test that traces rare genetic defects in couples who are related by blood, such as first and second cousins. The children born of such consanguineous relationships are more likely to have a genetic defect or cognitive impairment because of their parents’ close...
4 June 2018
New pacemaker technique applied for the first time in the Netherlands
For the first time in the Netherlands, cardiologists at the Heart+Vascular Center at the Maastricht UMC+ have applied a new pacemaker technique that causes fewer complications in the long-term. In this technique, a special catheter is used to locate the heart's natural conduction system before...
3 May 2018
Forming model embryos from stem cells in the lab
Scientists from the MERLN Institute, associated with Brightlands, and the Hubrecht Institute (KNAW) have successfully created in the laboratory embryo-like structures from mouse stem cells. These model embryos resemble natural ones to the extent that, for the first time, they implant into the...
13 April 2018
Prestigious grant for research on stem cell-mediated tissue regeneration
The research project VISION was awarded a prestigious TOP grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) worth 675,000 euros to examine the fundamental mechanisms behind stem cell transplantation and tissue regeneration. As part of the study, cornea stem cells...
16 March 2018
You can control the prevention of dementia
The MijnBreincoach (My brain coach) app will be officially launched on Saturday, March 17. A digital tool developed by the Limburg Alzheimer Centre, which focuses on helping people keep their brain healthy and vital, thus reducing the risk of dementia at a later age. "We shouldn't wait...
27 February 2018
Do plant sterols and stanols reduce liver inflammation?
Plant sterol and stanol esters are well known functional food ingredients with a long proven history of lowering blood (LDL-) cholesterol concentrations via inhibiting intestinal cholesterol absorption (Gylling et al, 2014) . Over 120 controlled human intervention studies have shown that serum LDL-...
26 February 2018
Spread of Alzheimer's proteins shown in healthy people for the first time
Using living elderly people, scientists at Maastricht University (UM) and Harvard Medical School in the US city of Boston have succeeded for the first time in figuring out how Alzheimer's proteins spread inside the brain. Furthermore, the researchers have actually been able to link this spread...
23 February 2018
New methods of diagnosing and treating hepatitis
Researchers at Maastricht UMC+ have discovered two methods of treating hepatitis. The research group also developed a new method of diagnosing inflammation of the liver, namely by means of a simple blood test. As a member of the research group led by Professor Ronit Shiri-Sverdlov, Dr Tom Houben...
16 February 2018
‘A new brain within a month’
Brain tissue (consisting mainly of proteins) is renewed within a period of four to five weeks. This has been established for the first time by researchers of the departments of Human Biology and Neurosurgery at Maastricht UMC+. They measured the protein synthesis rate of brain tissue in six...
12 February 2018
Successful installation of cyclotron in proton therapy centre
On Saturday 10 February, the heart of the proton therapy centre - the cyclotron or particle accelerator - was lifted with military precision into the radiation bunker of the South-East Netherlands Proton Therapy Centre (ZON-PTC). A spectacle many people came to witness from a safe distance. The...