September 10, 2016

Research Schools Maastricht

The cooperation between the research schools and the organisation of Mosa Conference is a key factor in making the conference a success every time. Below you will find an overview of the research schools that support Mosa Conference in 2016.



With an annual budget of approximately 25,000,000 Euros, CARIM is one of the largest cardiovascular research institutes in Europe, producing more than 500 scientific articles and approximately 30 PhD dissertations per year. In the last ten years CARIM papers were published in high impact journals such as New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, Nature Medicine, Journal of Experimental Medicine, Circulation, Lancet Neurology, and Journal of American College of Cardiology. Bibliometric analyses (1998-2010/2011) illustrate that publications from CARIM have been cited 1.79 times more often than the world mean for the cardiovascular field. CARIM is one of the five schools of the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML) of Maastricht University and is embedded within the Maastricht University Medical Center+ (Maastricht UMC+).

The Maastricht Study
CARIM is one of the initiators of the Maastricht Study; a large, longitudinal population based cohort study focused on type 2 diabetes, and its related co-morbidities. The study will include and track 10,000 individuals living in the Southern part of the Netherlands over a ten-year period. Participants are 40 to 75 years old, and half of them will have type 2 diabetes. For more detailed information please see:

For more information about CARIM, please visit their website.



The mission statement of the School for Oncology and Developmental Biology (GROW) is as follows:

“GROW focuses on research and teaching of (epi)genetic and cellular mechanisms, as well as (micro)environmental factors that underlie normal (embryonic and fetal) and abnormal (cancer) development, with emphasis on translational research aiming at innovative approaches for individualizing prevention, patient diagnostics, and treatment.”

Tissue homeostasis and growth is mainly the result of a balance between cell proliferation and cell loss. These processes are key features of normal (embryologic) development as well as abnormal (oncologic) growth. As a consequence, research lines in embryology and oncology are closely interrelated in their basic concepts as well as in the application of research techniques.

Consequently, hypotheses originating from problems in clinical medicine can only be properly analyzed in a close cooperation between basic scientists and clinicians from all areas of research. Increasingly, new approaches and methodologies are used within the research lines, such as genomics, proteomics, imaging of living cells and tissues just to name a few, as well as the use of blood, tissues and other biospecimens stored in a biobank.

For more information, please visit GROW’s website.



NUTRIM School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism catalyses translational research into metabolic and chronic inflammatory disorders (i.e. metabolic syndrome/diabetes,IBD/intestinal failure and COPD) that will contribute to innovative personalised lifestyle and medicine approaches with a focus on nutrition, toxicology and metabolism. Through its research master and PhD programme NUTRIM aims to educate investigators of high scientific excellence and ambassadors to support and develop this research field. 16 Biomedical, clinical, and behavioural-science departments are incorporated within NUTRIM.

NUTRIM strongly believes in connecting and integrating different disciplines to create truly new scientific insights, and innovative health solutions for society. NUTRIM focuses on biomedical research to capitalise on its unique strengths but actively maintains a local, national and international network to contribute to global health concerns. In our vision it is of crucial importance the academic development of young researchers asking for an excellent educational infrastructure, such that the researchers can develop themselves by acquiring skills and expertise, plus an innovative and challenging research environment.

For more information, visit NUTRIM’s website.



The principal focus of the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNS), is to conduct high-impact translational neuroscience research on neurological and psychiatric illness as well as mental health, and to provide state-of-the-art education to Master’s and PhD students. To this end, MHeNS integrates basic and clinical neuroscience domains in translational focus areas and expert groups. This enables maximum synergy between research groups across its current three divisions, optimising the use of available expertise and forging alignment of animal models and human research projects.

You can visit the MHeNS website for more information.