Keynote lectures

The power of clinical dietetics

Sandra Beijer, Maastricht UMC+

Sandra Beijer was a dietician at MUMC+ from 1995 to 2001. Thereafter, she switched to scientific nutrition research. After her PhD in Nutrition and Cancer at Maastricht University, she started working as a senior researcher at the Netherlands Comprehensive Cancer Organisation (IKNL). Her research focuses on nutrition and body composition in relation to cancer and cancer treatment with complications, prognosis, quality of life and survival as outcomes. Among other projects, she is involved in several prehabilitation studies and one of the members of the scientific board of the Fit4surgery Foundation. She has almost 20 years of experience in research in the field of nutrition and cancer and previously more than 10 years of experience in nutritional guidance of cancer patients. In addition, she is involved in the post-HBO course Nutrition and Cancer and gives guest lectures at Wageningen University and Amsterdam UMC. Moreover, she is member of the editorial board of the Handbook Nutrition in Cancer and vice chair of the Dutch Dieticians Oncology Group. From December 1 this year, she will succeed Phil Geerlings as head of the Department of Dietetics. A prominent task will be the academization of the Department of Dietetics.

Combatting the fructose epidemic: fruitful or fruitless?

Prof. Martijn Brouwers, Maastricht UMC+

Martijn Brouwers is a professor in Endocrinology and Metabolic Disease and head of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolic Disease at Maastricht UMC+. His research focuses on determinants and consequences of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. He employes a wide range of methodologies, including animal studies, indepth phenotyping of so-called human knockout models, randomized controlled trials, traditional epidemiology and genetic epidemiology (Mendelian randomization)

NUTRIM | School of Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism
NUTRIM aims to contribute to health maintenance and personalised medicine by unraveling lifestyle and disease-induced derangements in metabolism and by developing targeted nutritional, exercise and drug interventions. This is facilitated by a state of the art research infrastructure and close interaction between scientists, clinicians, master and PhD students.