Quality of life

Research and education at UM have been thematic, multidisciplinary, and inspired by social themes. UM distinguishes itself by focusing on three main research themes (i.e. ‘Quality of life’, ‘Europe and a Globalising World’, and ‘Learning and innovation’) which are studied on the basis of different disciplines at all relevant levels.

Quality of life is an interdisciplinary research programme that focuses on the well-being of individuals in the context of a safe, healthy, sustainable and financially secure society. An important infrastructure of this research programme is situated on the Maastricht Health Campus. This Campus is home to the largest academic health science cluster in Europe, which serves the entire health continuum from top referral and top clinical care to prevention and rehabilitation. The research excels in four key areas: cardiovascular diseases,mental health and neurosciences, metabolic aspects of chronic diseases, and primary care and health sciences.

High-protein menu reduces yo-yo effect

In Body
Thursday, 08 April 2004 00:00

Research into body weight regulation leads to new insight

"You can loose weight on the short term with any diet", says dr. Margriet Westerterp-Plantenga of the department of Human Biology, who has been studying the relation food-obesity for years. "But the trick is to prevent going back to your old weight in no time. Our research shows that high-protein food helps to prevent that. We were especially interested in the regulation of the body weight. We did not really have the intention to develop a diet," says Westerterp. "But is of course nice when something like this comes out. However, we can only speak of a formal advice when our results have been confirmed by other researchers and the long-term effects have been further investigated."

‘What did I do to deserve this?’

In Body
Thursday, 11 March 2004 00:00

How women handle breast cancer

"The treatment of breast cancer fights the tumour and possible metastasis, but there is too little attention for the psychological condition of the patients. This is in contrast with the depressive feelings and fear for recurrence of the disease that part of the women faces, even though principally they have been cured. Therefore, I am not surprised that some people, such as Sylvia Millecam, resort to alternative health care." Psychologist Mieke Oosterwijk stands up for more attention for the psychological consequences of breast cancer. She studied the psychological mechanisms (cognitive strategies) that women use to deal with breast cancer. On 12 March 2004 she receives her doctorate for this research at the Faculty of Medicine of Universiteit Maastricht.

UM Researchers Fight Cancer with its own Weapons

In Body
Thursday, 18 December 2003 00:00

New insights in causes and treatment of aggressiveness of hypoxic tumours

It is a remarkable and paradoxical phenomenon. In principle, oxygen is indispensable for the development of any organism. In the case of tumours, this is different: a hypoxic environment leads to more aggressive tumours with more mutations and more metastasis, which are more resistant to radiotherapy and chemotherapy. Professor Dr. Philippe Lambin and Dr. Brad Wouters, both working at the UM/azM research institute Growth and Development (GROW), study the causes of this phenomenon. The first results of their research are promising and have provided them with national and international recognition, also in the form of substantial subsidies. As a result of this funding, they are able to gain greater insight in cancer and to use this knowledge to develop new, tumour-specific treatment methods, which make use of the very characteristics that make this type of cancer so aggressive.

Vasculitis: of the disease and the remedy

In Body
Thursday, 09 October 2003 00:00

Less side-effects with new treatment

Last July, the renowned New England Journal of Medicine published a very important article. Professor Jan-Willem Cohen Tervaert, professor of Clinical Immunology and member of the European Vasculitis Study Group (EUVAS), is one of the authors. The research that is central in this article means a breakthrough in the treatment of patients that suffer from vasculitis. This is the collective term for several diseases that have the symptom of inflammation of the blood vessel walls in common. Since the 1960s, vasculitis could be treated with aggressive medication. As a result, the disease is no longer lethal for everyone, but in many cases eventually the remedy is worse than the disease. That has to change, is the opinion of Cohen Tervaert and the European Vasculitis Study Group. They started to look for other and less risky medication for the treatment of vasculitis.

Maastricht laboratory robot worldwide success

American researchers want to start using the Maastricht Vitrobot for research regarding the fight against viruses that can be used in biological warfare. For that purpose Maastricht Instruments BV, a spin-off of engineering bureau IDEE (Instrument Development Engineering and Evaluation) of Universiteit Maastricht, adapts the robot so that it complies with all safety requirements. They are also working on the possible use of the Vitribot for registering in time dynamic changes of proteins and macromolecules: a novelty.

Prof. dr. Maurits Allessie appointed as Academy Professor

Professor dr. Maurits Allessie, attached to the Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht (CARIM) as professor of physiology, has been appointed Academy Professor by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW: Koninklijke Nederlandse Akademie van Wetenschappen). This is the first year that the KNAW appoints Academy Professors. A total of five professors were awarded the Academy Professorship. Professor Allessie regards this appointment as a national recognition of the electrophysiological research in the Netherlands, which has been leading for years already. With this professorship, the KNAW has released him of administrative obligations, so that he can fully dedicate himself to the coaching of young, promising research talents. Moreover, the KNAW finances the appointment of at least one young promising researcher.

Two birds with one stroke

In Body
Wednesday, 21 May 2003 00:00

Promotion L. Braam

Recently, research has come to the surprising result that vitamin K as a food supplement not only slows down osteoporosis, but also has a positive effect on the elasticity of the vascular wall. This finding may possibly be the key to a direct preventive approach of two geriatric complaints that affect a considerable part of our population: osteoporosis and vasoconstriction.

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