Luc van Loon, PhD


Position: Professor of Physiology of Exercise
Department of Movement Sciences
Faculty of Health, Medicine, and Life Sciences
Maastricht University
PO Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht, the Netherlands

Telephone: +31 43 3881397
Fax:           +31 43 3670976
Mobile:       +31 613260552

Key words: exercise, muscle, amino acids, type 2 diabetes, aging
Hobbies: resistance exercise, cycling (road-race and ATB), Guinness, music




1990–1995 Master of Science, Department of Movement Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Maastricht University
1996–2000 PhD student, Department of Human Biology, Maastricht University. Thesis successfully defended on 20-04-2001.
“The effects of exercise and nutrition on muscle fuel selection”.
2000-2003 Post-doctoral research fellow based on a NWO-Talent stipendium and NWO-VENI fellowship, Department of Human Biology, NUTRIM, Maastricht University
2003-2005 Assistant Professor at the Departments of Human Biology (0.05 fte) and Movement Sciences (0.95 fte), NUTRIM, Maastricht University
2005-2010 Associate Professor at the Departments of Human Biology and Movement Sciences, NUTRIM, Maastricht University
2010-present Professor of Physiology of Exercise at the Department of Human Movement Sciences at Maastricht University Medical Centre

Research experience abroad
1994-1995 Internship at the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, University of Texas, Austin, U.S.A. Participation in the HERITAGE-project, supervised by Prof. J.H. Wilmore.
2001-2002 Visiting post-doctoral fellow for 6 months at the Deakin University (Melbourne, Australia) on molecular biology techniques. Collaboration with Dr. R. Snow, Dr. D. Cameron-Smith, and Prof. M. Hargreaves.

Career description

Professor L.J.C. van Loon started his study Health Sciences at Maastricht University in 1990. He graduated in the field of Movement Sciences in 1995 after an internship with Prof. Wilmore on the HERITAGE research-project at the University of Texas in Austin. In 1996 he started as a PhD student at the Department of Human Biology at Maastricht University (with Prof. Wagenmakers and Prof. Saris). During this period he received the Young Scientist Award from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute (1997) and a Young Investigators Award at the European College of Sports Science (1998). In 2000 he was awarded with a NWO-TALENT-stipendium for a 6 month stay at the Exercise and Muscle Metabolism Unit (EMMU) at the Deakin University in Melbourne, where he acquired expertise in the use and application of novel molecular biology techniques in human metabolic research. In 2001, Dr van Loon received his PhD degree at Maastricht University for his thesis ³The effects of exercise and nutrition on muscle fuel selection¹. The latter was awarded with the Den Hartog award for the best scientific thesis in the field of nutrition in the Netherlands (awarded every 4 years). After his external stay, he again received a Young Investigators Award from the European College of Sports Science (2002) and was awarded with a 4-year individual post-doc fellowship from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to investigate the role of intramuscular lipid as a substrate source at rest and during exercise in both sport and clinical settings.
In 2010 Dr van Loon was appointed Professor of Physiology of Exercise, with a special interest in the role of nutrition herein, at the Department of Human Movement Sciences.
He leads the M3-research unit whose main fields of interest include human skeletal muscle metabolism, exercise metabolism, sports nutrition, adaptation to endurance and resistance type exercise training, and the use of combined physical activity and/or dietary (lifestyle) interventions to improve health and/or functional performance in chronic metabolic disease (obesity and type 2 diabetes) and aging. The latter are investigated on a whole-body, tissue and cellular level, with skeletal muscle as the main tissue of interest. The use of stable isotope methodology has a special interest in this group. To support the use of stable isotopes in biomedical research, Professor van Loon is also appointed as Scientific Director of the Stable Isotope Research Center (SIRC) at the Academic Hospital Maastricht (AZM).
Professor van Loon is author of >100 SCI/SSCI publications, member of the Editorial board of the European Journal of Sport Science and member/fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, European College of Sports Medicine, European Association for the Study of Diabetes, American Diabetes Association, the Physiological Society, and the Benelux Association of Stable Isotope Scientists, and acts as a reviewer for over 30 peer-reviewed journals as well as for various organizations like NWO, Diabetes Funds Netherlands, Diabetes Cure Israel, and FWO. Furthermore, he has been advisor for the Dutch Health Council on Physical Activity, and collaborates with various national and international companies to develop nutritional strategies that augment health and/or performance. The latter has resulted in several patents on which he has been registered as inventor. Professor van Loon is a regular invited speaker on topics like the health benefits of dietary and exercise intervention in type 2 diabetes and on the application of sports nutrition to improve performance and post-exercise recovery.