Improving metabolic health with a clock

Patrick Schrauwen, together with Dirk Jan Stenver, Frank Scheer, Susanne la Fleur and Andries Kalsbeek published a review about circadian clocks and insulin resistance in Nature Reviews Endocrinology. Read the whole article here: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41574-018-0122-1  In the picture: Circadian clocks regulate glucose metabolism, insulin sensitivity and insulin secretion. Key points: The circadian timing system consists of a central brain clock in the hypothalamic suprachiasmatic nucleus...
More

BAD project – Living horizontally

The UM student Videoteam of Maastricht University made a video of the Horizontal Living project, funded by the BAD Award 2018. This is special project connecting art and science. Yiyun Chen (artist) lived in a bed and alone for one month to see what it's like to be physically isolated from the outside world.  
More

Horizontal living – day 5

Yiyun Chen started her 30 days in bed. A challenge, not only physically but also mentally. Finding a comfortable position is starting to get more difficult and cooking, which she normally does not enjoy that much, is starting to become a welcome intermezzo from lying down. Watch the interview with Yiyun and Patrick Schrauwen here (in Dutch) or follow Yiyuns experiences on instagram. The BAD Award is an annual international competition that aims to stimulate artists and designers to experi...
More

A month-long lie-in – Horizontal living

Imagine living and working from your bed, day in and day out: no exercise, no contact with others. Your food is delivered, as are other necessities. More than half a million Japanese people have been living like this for years – either of their own accord or by necessity. It was one of the sources of inspiration for Chinese artist Yiyun Chen. Together with UM scientists, Professor Patrick Schrauwen and Dr Vera Schrauwen-Hinderling of the Department of Nutrition and Human Movement Sciences, she w...
More

Disrupted circadian rhythm increases risk of type 2 diabetes

A reversal of the day and night rhythm, due to shift work for example, leads to a disturbance in blood sugar levels. These findings of the Maastricht research team, led by Professor Patrick Schrauwen, were published in the renowned scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). Click here to read more about the study and here for the article. Watch the interview with Jakob below.
More

Horizontal living – BAD Award

Vera and Patrick Schrauwen are the winners of the BAD Award with artist Yiyun Chen. BAD stands for Bio Art & Design, and is an initiative to create collaboration between artists and scientists. The project is called “horizontal living” and aims to raise awareness for the potential negative health effects that physical inactivity has, and for the factors – such as cold exposure, exercise, diet, light, sleep – that can be used to prevent or limit such negative consequences.
More

Vote for Lucas Lindeboom – nominated for New Scientist’s Talent Prize!

Each year, the scientific magazine New Scientist organizes a competition for the best Science Talent (Wetenschapstalent) of the Netherlands/Flanders. This year, DMRG's Lucas Lindeboom made it to the overall Top 25! Vote to get Lucas to number 1! http://newscientist.nl/polls/new-scientist-wetenschapstalent-2018/ (voting open till May 6th)  
More