Research at NUTRIM

The School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism (NUTRIM) at Maastricht University is a centre of excellence for scientific research related to metabolic syndrome and other chronic disorders. The unique facilities to study human metabolism gives NUTRIM an optimal setting to perform translational research aimed at understanding the development of metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and other chronic disorders. By translating the findings from cutting-edge research, the aim is to try to understand how interventions that improve physical activity, diet and other lifestyle factors can improve metabolic health in the real-world setting.

Technology for metabolism research

Human energy metabolism and substrate utilization has been studied in response to various dietary, physical activity and thermoregulatory interventions. Energy metabolism is examined both under controlled conditions in a laboratory setting using advanced technology, such as indirect calorimetry systems, exercise exertion equipment and whole room calorimeters, and in the natural environment such as using doubly-labeled water and activity monitors (tri-axial accelerometers). A substantial part of the techniques and equipment have been developed at the department of Human Biology. The department of Human Biology is one of the disciplines within the School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism (NUTRIM) that focuses on the effects of nutrition, genetic and environmental factors on the health of humans.

Many of the resulting technology have been applied to food technology and medical equipment industry as well as acquired by other academic partners. Specifically with respect to whole room calorimetry, the department of Human Biology has been actively refining this technology during the past three decades, ranking as one of the early developers with a well-established profile in publications.

Maastricht Instruments

In close cooperation with the Department of Human Biology of Maastricht University, Maastricht Instruments delivers indirect calorimetry systems such as the Whole Body Room Calorimeter, metabolic cart and exercise exertion equipment, as well other measurement devices for measuring energy expenditure and relevant physiological parameters. This unique partnership between business, academic and R&D partners guarantees solid turnkey technology for Metabolic Research to customers worldwide.

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