Research

Instituten

The research of the Maastricht UMC+ (consisting of the Faculty of Health, Medicine & 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 School for Public Health and Primary Care

CAPHRI is one of the six schools of Maastricht UMC+. Maastricht UMC+ is well known for its expertise in the prevention of diseases, diagnostic and prognostic research in primary care and public health, the promotion of healthy behaviour, and the redesign of health care services. CAPHRI plays a central role in the Maastricht UMC+, being at the forefront of scientific, innovative, applied, ethical and policy-related research in public health and primary care.

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.

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.

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 MultiModel 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.

You can read more via the websites of the Division of Nanoscopy and the Division of Imaging Mass Spectrometry.

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 certain research lines within the School, resulting in a complex interplay between research of basic brain mechanisms, brain/neurocognitive function and psychopathology, with emphasis on prevalent psychiatric, neuropsychiatric and neurological conditions.

MERLN Institute for 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.

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.

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.