Psychology and Neuroscience
The campus's Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (FPN) and School for Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHENS) conduct research into brain function mechanisms and brain diseases using an integrated approach that combines clinical expertise and scientific knowledge. Employing specific animal models and large patient populations, they conduct research from the cellular level to that of the complete human being. The unique on campus research infrastructure—which includes a European Center of Excellence for ultra-high magnetic field MRI—examines socially important topics such as dyslexia, eating disorders, aging, Alzheimer's and depression in partnership with other faculties, hospitals, and companies.
As an urgent issue in the Netherlands, Europe, and further afield, cardiovascular disease is a Brightlands priority. Brightlands brings together clinical work, research, and other activities in the field, with an emphasis on the valorization of new treatments and preventative steps. The clinical side of cardiovascular disease is managed within the campus's Hart en Vaat Centrum (cardiovascular center), which also works with the Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht to provide education. Cardiovascular research is grouped under the Cardiovascular Research Institute Maastricht (CARIM), which conducted the world's most comprehensive study—The Maastricht Study—into type 2 diabetes and associated diseases to date.
Nutrition, Toxicology, and Metabolism
Brightlands' NUTRIM School for Nutrition, Toxicology, and Metabolism is the part of the Maastricht University Medical Center+ that conducts basic and applied research into preventing and treating disrupted metabolisms in diseases such as obesity, diabetes, chronic lung diseases, and other chronic disorders. The research takes a multidisciplinary approach in giving specific attention to the role of diet and exercise, health stimulating effects, and the examination of toxicological aspects.
This new school is one of the few academic groups that is capable of growing new bones and cartilage—both of which will be crucial to maintaining the quality of life of an aging population. This, along with Lonza Netherlands' stem cell regeneration technology, developments in growing artificial muscle, and the advanced electron microscopes and spectrometers at Brightlands Maastricht Health Campus, can make Maastricht a leader in the production and new applications of stem cells.
Primary Care and Public Health
The objective of the CAPHRI School for Public Health and Primary Care is to use scientific research and education to influence guidelines and standards within the health care sector to improve public health in general. The starting point is to examine health care from the perspective of the professional, the patient, and society. The school focuses its research and teaching on chronic diseases. Key concepts are prevention, early diagnosis and early treatment, and patient participation and self-management. CAPHRI examines improvements and innovations in health care, including the development of new interventions, in terms of efficacy and how successfully they could be implemented in practice. The research school emphasizes primary health care because this is where the vast majority of care takes place and where improvements will provide huge benefits.