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.

Effectiveness of malnutrition care in elderly

In Body
Thursday, 06 December 2012 09:26

Malnutrition is common and a considerable health problem in hospital patients and elderly people. As a result, the topic has received a great deal of attention in recent years. Hospitals and healthcare institutions are supposed to keep a close eye on energy and protein deficiencies in the sick and elderly and supplement their diets as necessary. But how big this problem actually is and the extent to which supplementary nutrition helps remains unclear. Further research is needed to underpin the approach to malnutrition, as noted late last year by the Health Council in its report on malnutrition in the elderly.


Side effects of anti-allergy drugs (video)

In Body
Friday, 23 November 2012 08:07
PhD dissertation Silke Conen

Medicines are there to cure people and make life more bearable. However, not all treatments bring only good since many have potent side - effects. Some anti – allergy drugs for example, assumed to reduce an allergy reaction, are able to cause fatigue.

“I let people discover their own talents”

In Body
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 07:23

Jamiu Busari is an English paediatrician with Nigerian roots. He was among the first batch of students to join Maastricht’s pioneering programme in Health Professions Education. Now the medical manager of the Department of Paediatrics at the Atrium Medical Centre in Heerlen, Busari is a true role model, creating a positive workplace atmosphere and training and coaching junior doctors.


Childbirth: Home versus hospital delivery

In Body
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 14:52

The topic of home births always makes for heated discussion. Are we better off giving birth at home, or in hospital? While some women will swear by the hospital birth, others want nothing more than to deliver their child at home. And there are no clear answers from an academic perspective, either. We asked Jan Nijhuis, professor of Obstetrics at Maastricht University, and Raymond de Vries, professor of Midwifery Science at the University of Midwifery Education and Studies (AVMU), for their views.


Growing up getting drunk (video)

In Society
Thursday, 09 August 2012 10:11
Video: Karen Schelleman-Offermans about her dissertation: "Growing up getting drunk; development and prevention of adolescent alcohol use".

Holding on to a dream

In Body
Friday, 01 January 2010 00:00

Liliane Mpabanzi always wanted to make a difference

As an African woman living in the Netherlands, I am thrilled to be asked to profile another African woman, Liliane Mpabanzi. This medical PhD-student turns out to be a courageous and self-assured young woman who defies easy labels. She has just won a prestigious research grant - the Mosaic scholarship awarded by the Dutch research council (NWO) to improve the representation of ethnic minorities in academic research. One of only 20 recipients country-wide, Liliane Mpabanzi embarked on a four-year PhD course at the Maastricht University medical school in October 2009.


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