Below you will find some topics we are currently working on within our research group.
Plant Based Proteins
We are currently investigating different plant based proteins to assess their anabolic properties.
Currently we are looking into the effects of protein intake, and more specifically collagen peptides, on collagen protein synthesis in various tissues in vivo in humans.
Ongoing research is directed towards defining more effective exercise and nutritional intervention strategies to support more active aging in both health and disease.
We are now investigating the anabolic properties of mealworms as a dietary protein source during recovery from exercise.
We can now non-invasively assess glycogen concentrations in both muscle and liver. We are now applying these measurements at Scannexus to assess the impact of exercise and (recovery) nutrition on muscle and liver glycogen storage.
Intensive Care Unit
Understanding the nutritional needs of the ICU patient is another aim of our research portfolio. The nutritional needs of severely ill patients need to be established and more research is needed to address the challenges that come with enteral and parenteral feeding of these patients.
Elective knee and hip surgery is now common among the older population. Higher demands for optimal recovery and rehabilitation requires adequate nutrition and exercise support. Several of our researchers are investigating the dietary and physical activity needs of these patients to optimize (pre)habilitation and minimize post-surgery complications.
We are establishing the health benefits of lifestyle interventions on muscle health in both healthy old adults and clinically compromised populations such as patients with renal disease or cancer.