Overweight? Exercise is not the answer

In Body
Wednesday, 11 September 2013 07:30
Valedictory lecture by Klaas Westerterp

Trying to drop a few kilos by heading to the gym or going for a jog twice a week? Forget it. You won’t lose weight from exercising – but you will from eating less. “The problem is overeating to begin with. Once you’re overweight already, the problem is usually irreversible.” This is what Klaas Westerterp, professor of Human Energetics, will have to say in his valedictory lecture ‘Energiebalans in beweging’ on 12 September.

The LPZ is an annual snapshot of healthcare problems, focusing on the treatment of pressure ulcers, malnutrition, incontinence and other issues. For 15 years, it has been an indispensable monitor of quality improvements for institutions. Dr Ruud Halfens, the Maastricht creator and project leader of the LPZ monitor, is now fielding increasing interest from abroad.

‘A suitcase full of memories’

In Body
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 00:00
This April, Joep Geraedts retired as professor of Clinical Genetics and Cell Biology at Maastricht University. In the 30-plus years that he worked at UM, the developments in his field have been spectacular. Take the unravelling of the mysteries of DNA, for example: “If you had asked me 30 years ago whether I thought I’d witness that, I would have said no. Something that used to take four years of PhD research can now be done in one afternoon by a computer. In terms of technology there are few obstacles left; the issues we now face are rather on the legal and ethical fronts. I think we’ll be dealing with those for the next 30 years.”

“Preaching the Maastricht gospel”

In Money
Thursday, 28 February 2013 09:10
There was no need for a headhunter this time. Jan Kees Dunning read the ad in the newspaper and thought: “This job was made for me.” He applied for the position and, after eight rounds of interviews with the many stakeholders in the Maastricht Health Campus, was appointed as its new CEO on 1 February. As the Amsterdam native puts it, “They wanted someone from outside the region.” 

The science of education

Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:47
Thirty-seven years after its founding, the marriage between Maastricht University and Problem-Based Learning (PBL) has proven to be a happy one. In fact, without this education system there would have been no university at all. The launch of the medical faculty in 1974 depended on the ability to create something new and unprecedented in the Dutch academic world. Although PBL was initially deemed 'soft' and even 'alternative' by academics elsewhere, learning in small groups is now becoming a widespread phenomenon in universities all over the world. Maastricht, however, remains the forerunner: here, PBL is part of the university's genetic structure.

Leading in eating

In Society
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:38
Maastricht University’s Eatwell project, designed to promote healthier lifestyles and eating habits, was launched one year ago. In addition to its large scale, this project is unique for its interfaculty character, spanning the faculties of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Law, Economics and Psychology. The project is the brainchild of the NUTRIM research institute, with director Annemie Schols at the helm.

A doctor with a mission

In Body
Wednesday, 20 February 2013 15:21
Vivianne Tjan-Heijnen knew from a young age that she wanted to become an oncologist. When she was 16, her grandmother died of bladder cancer without even knowing she was ill. It was simply never discussed: “Only my mother and her brother knew. That’s just the way it was in the early ‘80s. My grandmother lived with us, so it had a big impact on me. I decided then and there to become a doctor to make sure no-one else would ever die of cancer. Naturally that’s what I thought as a teenager.” Now, over 30 years later and the head of the Department of Medical Oncology at the MUMC+, she is committed to providing quality care for cancer patients.

At 28 years old, Robbert Duvivier has accomplished a huge amount for someone so young. In eight years he’s completed an MD in medicine and turned in his PhD dissertation on clinical skills training for medical students.


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