From jungle outpost to top clinical eye care

In Body
Wednesday, 20 June 2012 13:25

He is considered the founding father of the prestigious Maastricht UMC Eye Clinic, which opened its doors in 2011 and now attracts patients from around the  country. No detail escaped Professor Fred Hendrikse in designing the Oogtoren, the new location of the Eye Clinic. Hendrikse has been head of the Department of Ophthalmology for 20 years, and, following his 65th birthday, will stay on as an educator and PhD supervisor for two more years.


That a mother’s unhealthy lifestyle (both before and during pregnancy) has consequences for the health of the child has been studied from many angles. But how this works with respect to the father is less well known. Research by Joost Linschooten aims to fill his gap; he will defend his PhD dissertation “Paternal impact on genetic integrity in newborns” on Wednesday 20 June.


That a mother’s unhealthy lifestyle (both before and during pregnancy) has consequences for the health of the child has been studied from many angles. But how this works with respect to the father is less well known. Research by Joost Linschooten aims to fill his gap; he will defend his PhD dissertation “Paternal impact on genetic integrity in newborns” on Wednesday 20 June. 

Video: Marieke Quaak about her dissertation Assessment of genetic variation as a predictor of smoking cessation success


Promising research on glycated proteins

In Body
Friday, 11 May 2012 15:18

Overwight and obesity, caused by an unhealthy lifestyle, present us with one of the greatest health challenges of our time. As a result, we have seen an enormous increase in the prevalence of diabetes. "We are, in fact, facing a global diabetes epidemic", says Casper Schalkwijk, extraordinary professor of Experimental Internal Medicine. "People often tend to think: it’s just diabetes, you can live with it. But the resulting health problems are immense." Schalkwijk will deliver his inaugural lecture, ‘De zoete inval’ (‘The sweet invasion’) on Wednesday 16 May. Ongoing research at Maastricht University shows that glycated proteins play a role not only in diabetes, but also in the ageing process, disorders such as atherosclerosis, and damage following a heart attack.


Video: Piet Leroy about his dissertation, entitled ‘Improving procedural sedation and/or analgesia in children; from practice over evidence to practice’, which he defended on 2 March. 

“Patients want to be treated at home”

In Body
Friday, 02 March 2012 09:02

Patient mobility is a hot item in ‘Brussels’. With freedom of movement within the EU, seeking healthcare across borders seems logical, at least in the minds of policy makers. But do EU citizens actually take this step? A study by the department of Health Services Research shows that the opposite is happening: 97% of the surveyed German student population at Maastricht University go to their home country to receive healthcare. “It’s not that they want to avoid healthcare in Maastricht. They just prefer going home.”


A drug that halts the breakdown of neurons after a stroke, diagnostics that detect hypertension before blood pressure rises, and an imaging technique that localises vascular disease even before symptoms occur. This is the work for which Professor Harald Schmidt, MD, PhD, has been awarded a European research grant worth €2.3 million. Schmidt specialises in researching vascular diseases at Maastricht University (UM), and with this new grant under his belt, further breakthroughs may be just around the corner.


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