Stable isotopes are being used in the field of human energy and substrate metabolism. Deuterium-labelled water and doubly labelled water (2H and 18O) are being used to assess body composition and energy expenditure respectively. We apply this in healthy adults but also children, elderly and in different clinical conditions such as chronic inflammatory disorders.
Meet the experts
Guy Plasqui, senior scientist and Loek Wouters, lab technician, at the Maastricht University, department Human Biology/Movement Sciences, NUTRIM.