Institute for Health and Care Research


Mission: to generate, conduct and publish excellent research of international standing to improve public and occupational health, mental health, primary care, rehabilitation and long-term care.

Research Programs

Lifestyle, Obesity and Diabetes
Aims to curb the obesity and diabetes epidemics by the identification of the primary lifestyle and biological determinants and by evaluation of efficient ways to improve lifestyle both as a way to prevent disease and in the context of chronic disease management.

Mental health
contributes to a better evidence-base for the prevention and treatment of mental disorders in order to improve mental health in the population.

Quality of care
Aims to improve the quality of prevention programs, health care services and the effectiveness of health communication.

Musculoskeletal health
Aims to generate and apply knowledge about the development and lifelong maintenance of a healthy musculoskeletal system.

Prof. Mai Chin A Paw: ‘Research on couch potatoes from lab to real life’

Smartphones and tablet computers drastically increased ‘screen time’ of western children.

At EMGO+, Prof. Mai Chin A Paw (appointed as University Research Chair) is looking for clues to potential health risks, and of ways of getting kids moving again. ‘We want to examine the potential health risks of prolonged sitting, independent of physical activity. We are currently planning an experimental study to explore the acute effects of prolonged sitting, and to determine whether these effects can be attenuated by short periods of activity’, Prof. Chin A Paw says.

Maximum sitting time
Many countries already have a standard for the minimum amount of activity in a healthy life style. ‘It may be necessary to add a maximum standard for sitting time to that’, Mai Chin A Paw suggests. ‘Just one limited period of physical activity per day may not compensate for many hours of watching TV or using the computer during the rest of the day.’

Tools for prevention
‘I am thrilled about the potential of investigating this problem using a range of different methodologies. In collaboration with many experts on longitudinal dataanalysis, pediatric endocrinology, and clinimetrics at EMGO+, we hope to be able to provide the tools for innovative preventive interventions.’