About

This International Congress aims to bring together scientists and clinicians with a medical or an allied health professional background to participate in connecting neurorehabilitation and neuroscience. Both the neurorehabilitation and neuroscience field evolve significantly and in order to optimize patient treatment, both areas should discuss current and emerging research as well as clinical practices in order to advance knowledge.

Keynote lectures covering basic neuroscience in animal models up until implementation science will be presented and form the basis for discussion among international colleagues. Focused symposia of current and emerging methods in neurorehabilitation together with oral and poster presentations will further stimulate debate, interaction and networking.

 

Organizing and Scientific Committee
This Congress is organized by the Dutch Society for NeuroRehabilitation, the Belgian Society for Neurorehabilitation the German Society for Neurotraumatology and Neurorehabilitation and the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists Interested in Neurology.

 

MSc. Adine Adonis

Adine is a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist in Neurology at the National Centre for Human Retrovirology,an academically led clinic, at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Adine trained, qualified and practised as a physiotherapist in Cape Town South Africa before coming to the United Kingdom. She has worked in neurology for most of her career and currently sees and assesses patients with very rare neurological conditions with the rest of the multidisciplinary team.

Adine was awarded an Imperial Charity research fellowship in 2016 and completed a research study investigating the reliability & feasibility of using a hand -held dynamometer in these patients.

She is the recipient of a Imperial BRC patient and public involvement grant in 2019 and hosted the groups’ first PPI event. Currently, she is in the process of exploring pain in the patients with this rare neurological condition where she is doing quantitative sensory testing in these patients and using a host of outcome measures related to pain and quality of life.

Adine is the current chair of  the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology (ACPIN) with over 3000 members  and  a senior teaching fellow on the Advanced Neurophysiotherapy Studies course within the Infection, Immunity and Inflammation Research & Teaching Department at University College London.

Prof. Dr. Jane Burridge

Jane Burridge is Professor of Restorative Neuroscience at the University of Southampton, where she leads the Neurorehabilitation Research Group. Jane’s research is about improving recovery of movement following acquired brain damage. Fundamental to this is understanding the mechanisms associated with normal, loss and recovery of motor function. Jane’s work crosses traditional rehabilitation boundaries, collaborating with engineers, neuroscientists and psychologists. She was elected President of The Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Neurology (ACPIN) in March 2017.

Jane graduated as a physiotherapist, but later changed career and trained as a musician playing and teaching the flute. Her PhD at the University of Southampton enabled response to Functional Electrical Stimulation for drop-foot to be better predicted by accurate measurement of muscle dysfunction.

Jane’s current research is with wearable sensors to support home-based rehabilitation and generate objective measures of impairment. She leads a research programme into the use of the Internet to support home-based rehabilitation, and is particularly interested in understanding how rehabilitation technologies can translate into clinical practice.

Prof. Dr. Alexander Geurts

Alexander Geurts received both his MD (1987) and PhD (1992) degree in medical sciences at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. He was registered as a physiatrist by the European Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1997 and as a clinical epidemiologist in the Netherlands (SMWBO) in 2001. Since 1992, he continued his main research in balance, gait and motor recovery with a focus on neurorehabilitation, especially the rehabilitation after stroke and in patients with neurodegenerative and neuromuscular diseases.

Since 1998, he has been (co-) chair of several national research programmes in neurorehabilitation funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) (“Recovery of gait after stroke” 1998-2005; “Cognitive rehabilitation” 2000-2007; “Restore4Stroke” 2010-2015; www.restore4stroke.nl) as well as principle investigator in several other national research consortia funded by ZonMw (“Explicit-stroke” 2008-2015; www.explicit-stroke.nl; “Facts-2-NMD” 2008-2015; www.facts2nmd.nl).

In 2005, he became full professor and chair of the Department of Rehabilitation at the Radboud University Medical Center and, since 2009, he was appointed as principal investigator (PI) at the Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behaviour of the Radboud University (www.ru.nl/donders). In 2011 he was also appointed as principal lecturer (PL).

Since many years, Alexander Geurts has a clinical and scientific affiliation with the rehabilitation centre of the St Maartenskliniek and with rehabilitation centre Tolbrug (Den Bosch). He is member of the scientific advisory board of the Dutch Brain Foundation (www.hersenstichting.nl),vice-president of the Dutch Society for Neurorehabilitation (DSNR; www.neurorehab.nl), clinical leader of the programme Neurophysiological Devices within the IMDI Neurocontrol (www.neurocontrol.nl), and board member of the Dutch Society for Rehabilitation Medicine (VRA; www.revalidatiegeneeskunde.nl). He has (co-)authored more than 150 peer-reviewed Medline registered articles in various areas of neurorehabilitation.

Prof. Dr. Gert Kwakkel

Professor Gert Kwakkel started his career as a physical therapist and movement scientist at the VU University medical Centre in Amsterdam. In 1998, he received his PhD on the thesis entitled: Dynamics in functional recovery after stroke. Professor Kwakkel received a chair ‘Neurorehabilitation’ at the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam in March 2008. This chair is dedicated to translational research in the field of neurorehabilitation with special interest in Stroke, Parkinsons’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Professor Kwakkel published more than 230 papers in leading scientific journals such as The Lancet, The Lancet Neurology, BMJ and Stroke (Hirsch Index 53). Based on a prestigious advanced grant from the European Research Council (ERC), Professor Kwakkel belongs to one of the top researchers of the VU University in Amsterdam. This ERC idea is in collaboration with the Technical University of Delft (Prof. dr. Frans van der Helm) and focused on investigating the longitudinal relationship between stroke recovery and brain plasticity.

Professor Kwakkel is member of the management board of Research Institute Move at the VU University, Amsterdam NeuroScience and European Managing Editor of the journal Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair (NNR). In addition, he is member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Stroke, Journal Rehabilitation Medicine and Physiotherapy Research International Research. Finally, professor Kwakkel is president of the Dutch Society of NeuroRehabilitation (DSNR; www.neurorehab.nl). 

Prof. Dr. Jan Mehrholz

Professor Jan Mehrholz is head of the scientific institute in Kreischa, Germany. He works as a clinical researcher and as a professor for physiotherapy, Hochschule Gera, Germany.  He is also Privatdozent (‘associate professor’) for Public Health and supervisor of MD and PhD students at the Faculty of Medicine of the Technical University, Dresden, Germany. Jan is lecturing neurosciences, neurorehabilitation, evidence based practice, applied statistics, and public health.

He works for three Cochrane Collaboration Groups and has published more than fifteen Cochrane publications (full reviews, updates and protocols). His research relates to evidence-based stroke rehabilitation, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord, critical illness polyneuropathy and myopathy and other neurological diseases.

He is associate editor of the Cochrane Stroke Review Group in Edinburgh and also editor of the journal ‘neuroreha’, Thieme Publisher, Germany 

Dr. Carel Meskers

Dr. Carel Meskers is associate professor and specialist in neurorehabilitation at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Amsterdam University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Dr. Meskers is medical director of the Dutch Innovative Medical Devices Initiative (IMDI) Center of Excellence “Neurocontrol” and PI or Co-PI of various large multidisciplinary, multicenter and international research projects in the fields of ageing, neuromechanics, stroke and related medical technology. Dr. Meskers has been appointed Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University, Chicago, USA in 2015 and Associate Professor at VU Medical Center in 2016. Dr. Meskers has (co) published over 150 papers in international peer- reviewed journals and has a Hirsch index of 31 (Web of Science).

Prof. Dr. Eva Swinnen

Eva Swinnen (°1982) works as an associate professor neurological rehabilitation and rehabilitation technology at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Research Group Rehabilitation Research (RERE). She obtained her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2014 (title: Neurological gait rehabilitation: the influence of gait speed, body weight support and robot-assistance).

The focus of her research is on gait rehabilitation with the use of robotics and rehabilitation technology in central neurological patients. She is author of > 40 peer- reviewed publications (20 first author, 8 last author, 70% Q1 and Q2 journals) and promoter of 1 finished and 3 ongoing PhDs in the field of rehabilitation with the use of robotics and technology in central neurological patients.

She teaches neurorehabilitation and rehabilitation technology in the rehabilitation sciences and physiotherapy education program at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (bachelor and master) and in the 2th master interuniversity specialization program neurological rehabilitation. She is guest lecturer at the Berner Fachhochschule Gesundheit (Bern, Switzerland) and at the SOMT University of Physiotherapy (Amersfoort, The Netherlands).

E. Swinnen is board member of the Belgium Society for Neurorehabilitation (www.BSNR.be) and the Society of Movement Analysis Laboratories in the Low Lands (www.SMALLL.eu), steering group member of the Brussels Human Robotics Research Center (www.Brubotics.eu), and scientific coordinator of the Center for Neurosciences of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (www.C4N.be).

Dr. Erwin van Wegen

Dr. Erwin van Wegen is working as a senior researcher in neurorehabilitation at the department of Physical Therapy / Rehabilitation Medicine at the VU University Medical Center (VUmc) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Educated as a movement scientist in motor control and rehabilitation, Dr. van Wegen is principal/associate investigator on several grants in the field of neurorehabilitation (o.a. ZonMw, Hersenstichting, Stichting Parkinson Fonds, Parkinson Society, EU) and coordinator of several teaching courses on movement disorders and rehabilitation at the MOVE research institute Amsterdam and the faculty of Medicine at the VUmc. His subjects of interest are the coordination of locomotion and balance, as well as motor control, (neuro) rehabilitation and neuroplasticity in movement disorders, specifically in Parkinson’s Disease (PD), stroke, MS and the elderly.

At present Dr. van Wegen is senior member of the Neurorehabilitation Unit at VUmc headed by Prof. Dr. G. Kwakkel, and local VUmc coordinator and steering group member in the 4DEEG project (an ERC funded grant awarded to Prof. dr. G. Kwakkel from the VUmc and Prof. dr. Frans van der Helm from the Technical University of Delft), which is focused on investigating the longitudinal relationship between stroke recovery and brain plasticity on early upper extremity rehabilitation in stroke patients. Dr. van Wegen is also a Hersenstichting Fellow, member of several editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals,  member of scientific research committee of the MOVE translational research institute (www.move.vu.nll), and deputy-treasurer of the Dutch Society of Neurorehabilitation (DSNR, www.dsnr.nl).