Child Health

The Child Health Program is an integrated framework for child-centered interdisciplinary research, aligning patients, clinicians, researchers and resources in order to fill gaps to improve the lives of children with complex chronic diseases, during childhood and thereafter.


Professor Sabine Fuchs

Grant for making gene correction therapy available

15 July 2024 Read more

Research grant for musical stimulation in young at-risk children

15 July 2024

‘Working in healthcare is a team sport’

5 July 2024

New associate professors hold lecture

18 June 2024

Bas Veersema is retiring from UMC Utrecht

14 June 2024

Our research themes

Choosing an integral approach, the Child Health Program aims to push boundaries with regard to specific disease areas. Although these diseases are diverse, all researchers share the same perspective. They study diseases in a life cycle perspective, they realize that physical and mental health interact continuously, and they strive for a highly interdisciplinary approach.


Research approaches

Child Health has a special focus on the four areas of disease mentioned above. The work we do in these areas is united by three research approaches: cycle of life, Physical and Mental Health and Interdisciplinarity.

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The 030-Lab is a core-facility in the Wilhelmina Children's Hospital where researchers from all disciplines in the UMC Utrecht, Utrecht University and the Princess Máxima Center work closely together and perform innovative research.

Read more about the 030-Lab

Magazine Child Health and Dynamics of Youth

This magazine is about mutual cooperation in Utrecht youth research. 'Be real' is for a diverse group of people: professionals, but also parents and young people themselves. See how Utrecht children play, play sports and experience. We spoke to them outside, at home and in hospital. In 'Be real', researchers and young people talk about equal opportunities and how we can contribute to this for children and young people.

Read the magazine (in Dutch)

Partner & Networks


  • EWUU alliance: Challenging Future Generations – Eindhoven University of Technology, Wageningen University & Research, Utrecht University and University Medical Centre Utrecht are complementary in knowledge and talent and work together to contribute to societal transitions

Upcoming events

Networking Outreach event Symposium

Betweter Festival 2024


27-09-2024 from 18:30 to 01:00
Outreach event

Weekend of Science

Wilhelmina Children's Hospital

05-10-2024 - 06-10-2024 from 10:00 to 17:00

Wilhelmina Children's Hospital

30-01-2025 from 13:00 to 17:30

People behind the program

Kors van der Ent

Full Professor


Manon Benders

Full Professor


Carolien Huizinga

Programme manager


Renske Huijsing

Science communications


Titia Lely

Full Professor


Leendert Looijenga

Groupleader and Managing Director Research Princes Máxima Centrum


Roger Schutgens

Full Professor


Peter van Tintelen

Full Professor