Patrick Schrauwen, PhD is a professor of Metabolic aspects of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus at the NUTRIM school for Nutrition and Translational Research in Metabolism of the Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC). 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 2001 he was appointed a prestigious Academy-fellowship from the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), to examine the role of mitochondrial uncoupling proteins in skeletal muscle in relation to type 2 diabetes, and in 2008 the prestigious VICI-fellowship from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO/ZonMW) for the study of mitochondrial function in diabetes. Prof. Schrauwen is associate editor of ‘Scientific Reports’ and ‘Diabetologia’. The lab of Prof. Schrauwen focuses on muscular insulin resistance, lipotoxicity and mitochondrial dysfunction with special emphasis on type 2 diabetes mellitus. The research team investigates whole-body, tissue and cellular physiology. To this end, molecular, genetic and whole-body techniques are used in both cell and human models. In collaboration with the department of Radiology of the Maastricht University Hospital, he applies non-invasive magnetic resonance spectroscopy to investigate in vivo mitochondrial function and lipid accumulation in muscle, liver and heart.
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