Prof. Schrauwen (1971) received a MSc degree in movement sciences at the faculty of Health Sciences of the Maastricht University in 1994. In 1998 Prof. Schrauwen received his PhD at the Maastricht University for his thesis ‘Determinants of energy and substrate metabolism’, in which human experiments on the effects of dietary fat and physical activity on body weight regulation are described. Part of his thesis was performed at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Phoenix (USA) where he studied molecular and genetic aspects of obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus. In 1999 he was appointed a post-doc fellowship by NWO, in 2001 a prestigious Academy-fellowship from the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and in 2008 the prestigious VICI-fellowship from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO/ZonMW). For his work Prof. Schrauwen was awarded the Young Investigators Award for clinical science from the European Association for the Study of Obesity in 2001, the ‘Silver Medal Award’ from the Nutrition Society’ in 2006, the ‘Rising Star Award’ from the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in 2008 and the Corona-Gallina Award for excellence in diabetes research in 2013. Prof. Schrauwen is associate editor of ‘Scientific Reports’ and ‘Diabetologia’.
His main fields of interest concern insulin resistance, lipotoxicity and mitochondrial dysfunction with special emphasis on type 2 diabetes. The research team supervised by Prof. Schrauwen investigates whole-body, tissue and cellular physiology. To this end, molecular, genetic and whole-body techniques are used in both rodent and human models. In collaboration with the department of Radiology of the Maastricht University Hospital, Prof. Schrauwen applies non-invasive magnetic resonance spectroscopy to investigate in vivo mitochondrial function and lipid accumulation in muscle, liver and heart.
Prof. Schrauwen has published over 180 papers in international scientific journals, including publications in prestigious journal as Cell, Cell Metabolism, JCI, NEJM, Nature Medicine, Diabetes, Progress in Lipid Research. His Hirsch-index = 44.