The research of the Maastricht UMC + (consisting of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) and the Academic Hospital Maastricht (azM)) is clustered in research institutes (also called a School). Each Institute focuses on thematic research within the scope of the main research lines.

CAPHRI Care and Public Health Research Institute

CAPHRI works towards better health for everyone through innovative solutions for healthcare and public health care. CAPHRI builds bridges between science and society by conducting research with an inclusive and participatory approach. The research focuses on prevention and innovation ranging from public - and primary health care, to person-oriented long-term care. Theresearch has a strong multidisciplinary approach with attention to local, regional and global themes embedded in six research lines: Ageing and Long-Term Care, Creating Value-Based Health Care, Functioning, Participation and Rehabilitation, Health Inequities and Societal Participation, Optimising Patient Care; and Promoting Health and Personalised Care. Website.

CARIM School for Cardiovascular Diseases

CARIM employs 250 researchers from 15 disciplines, covering a large variety of expertise: ranging from fundamental research in biochemistry and molecular cell biology to pure clinical research in cardiology and cardiothoracic surgery. Website

GROW School for Oncology and Developmental Biology

GROW focuses on research and teaching of (epi)genetic and cellular concepts, as well as (micro)environmental factors underlying normal and abnormal development. As such the basic mechanisms of embryogenesis and fetal growth, as well as those governing the process of carcinogenesis are subject of study within GROW. website

With a strong emphasis on translational research scientists and clinicians within GROW aim at implementing this basic knowledge into innovative approaches for individualizing prevention, patient diagnostics and treatment of cancer at the one hand, and hereditary disorders on the other.

Maastricht Multi Model Molecular Imaging Institute (M4I)

M4I is a state-of-the art molecular imaging institute that brings together a powerful palette of high-end, innovative imaging technologies. The mission of the institute is to perform fundamental, instrumentation and applied studies in molecular imaging as a part of a translational, synergistic, interdisciplinary research programme in a leading international center relevant for science, education, economy and society. The institute is engaged in a strong valorization programme in collaboration with regional, national and international private partners.

MHeNS School for Mental Health and Neuroscience.

MHeNS is organised in three divisions, each division managed by a division leader and a deputy. The three divisions Within MHeNS School for Mental Health and Neuroscience are:

  • Cognitive Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience
  • Mental Health
  • Neuroscience

These three divisions crosstalk on the translational research approach of certainement research lines within the School, resul ting in a complex interplay between research or basic brain mechanisms, brain / neurocognitive functioning and psychopathology, with emphasis on prevalent psychiatric, neuropsychiatric and neurological conditions. website

MERLN Institute of Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine.

MERLN's activities operate at the interface of biology and engineering and aim at maximizing outreach at the level of public involvement, development and commercialization of research. MERLN's vision is based on sharing of knowledge, infrastructure and ambition. Research at MERLN Focuses on developing novel and challenging technologies to advance the field of tissue and organ repair and regeneration. website

NUTRIM School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism

NUTRIM catalyses translational research into metabolic and chronic inflammatory disorders (i.e. metabolic syndrome/diabetes, IBD/intestinal failure and COPD) that will contribute to innovative personalized lifestyle and medicine approaches with a focus on nutrition, toxicology and metabolism. Through its research master and PhD programme NUTRIM aims to educate investigators of high scientific excellence and ambassadors to support and develop this research field. 16 Biomedical, clinical, and behavioural-science departments are incorporated within NUTRIM.

The School participates in the Graduate School VLAG (Food Technology, Agrobiotechnology, Nutrition and Health Sciences), accredited by the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) is a partner in TI Food and Nutrition and participates in TI-Pharma and the Centre for Translational Molecular Medicine.


nutria proof partner

Nutrim is partner of the Interreg-PROOF project

The partners collaborating in the PROOF project bundle the expertise of healthcare actors, (food) companies and knowledge institutions in order to develop food that is tailored to patients’ needs.

Personalised food can have a positive impact on the quality of life of people in need of chronic care. In line with our aging population, this target group is growing and with it comes a wider demand for personalised food. To meet this demand, new food solutions are needed. The key to their development lies in bringing together expertise from the care and food sectors.For this reason, PROOF's Flemish and Dutch project partners are planning to set up open research facilities at Vives Hogeschool in Roeselare (VL) and NUTRIM in Maastricht (NL). In this way, the partners will bring the necessary expertise physically together.

Contact: Brian Desplinter
PROOF Project coordinator
The West Flanders Development Agency (POM West Flanders)

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SHE School of Health Professions Education

SHE focuses on education, training and research in health professions education. SHE offers a wide range of courses in health professions education ranging from short courses to degree programmes such as a master's and a PhD programme. Short courses are held in Maastricht, the degree programmes are mostly distance-based.

The short courses focus on problem-based learning (PBL) and PBL related topics. The degree programmes offer you a scientific training in education theory and its application to the health sciences. The short programmes are relevant to teachers, educators, managers, curriculum developers, decision makers or all other interested in education. The degree programmes are eligible to professionals working in health training programmes or in health care or have the ambition to do so with relevant university degrees or equivalent background.

Maastricht University has a track record in PBL. At the national level training programmes are ranked in the top. Within medical education the group of Maastricht educators are highly regarded. website


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