Proteins are the major regulators of life processes and as such they are important for the balance between health and disease. Not only do they function as diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers of crucial health sustaining processes in the body, but proteins also are major drug targets for medication. Altogether, protein research and proteomics applications are indispensable in the academic setting.

The Maastricht Proteomics Center (MPC) was initiated a decade ago by bringing together all relevant scientific expertise and technical support and by installing the necessary equipment to facilitate proteomics research. A core group active in proteomics applications has been formed consisting of researchers and analytical personnel from the UM “research schools” NUTRIM, CARIM and GROW and from the AZM with expertise in protein profiling, in determination of protein turnover and modification, in chemical protein synthesis etc. This core group advices and assists other researchers who are interested in using proteomics for their studies.