Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research

Professor Luc van Loon

Professor Luc van Loon
MSc PhD

Professor of Physiology of Exercise and Head of the M3-research Unit, Department of Human Movement Sciences, Maastricht University Medical Centre
Professorial Fellow, Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, ACU


Luc van Loon is a Professor of Physiology of Exercise and Head of the M3-research unit at the Department of Human Movement Sciences at Maastricht University Medical Centre. He has an international research standing in the area of skeletal muscle metabolism.

Current research in his laboratory focuses on the skeletal muscle adaptive response to exercise, and the impact of nutritional and pharmacological interventions to modulate muscle metabolism in health and disease. The main research interests of his laboratory include exercise metabolism, sports nutrition, adaptation to endurance and resistance type exercise, and the use of physical activity and/or dietary interventions to improve health in chronic metabolic disease (ageing and type 2 diabetes). The latter are investigated on a whole-body, tissue, and cellular level, with skeletal muscle as the main tissue of interest. 

Professor van Loon has authored more than 230 original, peer-reviewed research and review articles. He is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism (IJSNEM) and the European Journal of Sport Science (EJSS). He is a member of the Scientific Board of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) and the Benelux Association for Stabile Isotope Scientists (BASIS). To support the use of stable isotopes in biomedical research, Professor van Loon is also scientific coordinator of the Stable Isotope Research Center (SIRC) at the Academic Hospital in Maastricht and coordinator of the Human Performance Laboratory at the Department of Human Movement Sciences.

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