Invited Speakers

Dr. Hans Bussmann

Hans Bussmann is Associate Professor of the Dept. of Rehabilitation Medicine of Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam, the Netherlands. His research aims at understanding and improving physical behaviour (PB) of people with chronic conditions, and to apply this in rehabilitation care. In this research the focus is on the use of wearable technology in the “at home” situation. Although the theme of research is not population-specific, my research focuses on people with acquired neurological conditions such as stroke.

Studies – published in about 180 peer-reviewed international papers - include topics as the development, validation and application of objective measurement and feedback devices. Research increasingly focuses at at-home upper-limb treatment and at integrating prolonged daily life measurements with technology-supported exercise. Hans Bussmann initiated the International Conference on the Measurement of Physical Activity and Movement (ICAMPAM) and the International Society for the Measurement of Physical Behaviour (ISMPB). 

Prof. dr. Ulrik Dalgas


Ulrik Dalgas, PhD; Professor, Exercise Biology, Dep. Public Health, Aarhus University, Denmark.

Ulrik Dalgas is an exercise physiologist specialized in rehabilitation of neurological patients based at Aarhus University in Denmark, where he is head of a research team specialized in exercise and neurological diseases. In particular most of his research focuses on the effects of exercise therapy in subjects with multiple sclerosis (MS). His main research covers the effects of different exercise modalities (e.g. resistance training and endurance training) and much of his ongoing research focuses on understanding the effects of exercise on brain structure and function. He is previous executive board member and secretary for the European organization Rehabilitation in Multiple Sclerosis (RIMS) and current executive board member for the Danish MS Research Association (DAREMUS). Finally, he has authored more than 170 scientific papers and several book chapters on the topic

Prof. dr. Peter Feys

Peter Feys (PhD KULeuven, 2004)  is full professor and was dean of the faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences at UHasselt. He is member of inter-university steering committees on master programs in rehabilitation sciences and physiotherapy in Flanders as well as in occupational sciences. 

Peter Feys has published over 180 peer- reviewed articles in international clinical neurological and rehabilitation journals.  Peter Feys is editorial board member of ‘Multiple Sclerosis Journal’, ‘Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair’ and ‘Frontiers in Rehabilitation Sciences, Health Systems’. His inter-disciplinary research is focused on rehabilitation for gait and upper limb function in predominantly persons with neurological conditions. It comprises investigations of walking motor fatigability, music-based entrainment and sonification, cognitive-motor interference, technology-supported training, upper limb functioning and community self-directed training. Neuro-imaging is performed to understand the impact of interventions on neural function and structure. The research is mostly performed in persons with Multiple sclerosis and secondary stroke and CP. He is part of the UMSC Hasselt-Pelt consortium.

Peter Feys has been president of RIMS (Rehabilitation in MS;, a European network of best practice and research from 2011-17 after having served as chair of the special interest group on mobility (2008-11). The European network is including MS clinical centers, MS specialized health care professionals, MS societies and MS research centers.  Het is member of different international committees and workgroups, in the PMSA and PROMS (MSIF)-initiatives as well as the SRRR III initiative (stroke recovery and rehabilitation roundtable, on control interventions).

In 2018, Peter Feys contributed actively to WHO Rehabilitation Action Plan 2030 as voluntary part-time consultant. The projects are embedded in the ‘Disability and Rehabilitation’ section led by prof. dr. A. Cieza based in headquarters Geneva. A contribution was made to the ‘package of priority rehabilitation interventions’ project.

Dr. Ulrike Hammerbeck

Ulrike Hammerbeck is a Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at the University of Brighton She is interested in recovery mechanism of function after neurological insult. Her research investigates the effect of training not only on the control of movement but also on cortico-spinal connectivity.

Her current work is comparing arm recovery between ischaemic stroke and intracerebral haemorrhage survivors.

Prof. dr. Daphne Kos

KU Leuven (University of Leuven) (B), Professor in Master of Science in occupational therapy
National Multiple Sclerosis Center Melsbroek (B), Scientific Research Rehabilitation

Daphne Kos graduated as occupational therapist (OT) and movement scientist. She worked as OT practitioner, lecturer and researcher and studied fatigue management and assessment in people with multiple sclerosis in her PhD project.

Currently, Daphne Kos coordinates scientific research in the rehabilitation department of the National MS Center Melsbroek and is professor in the OT master programme in KU Leuven (interuniversity programme with Hasselt,Ghent and Antwerp) (Belgium).

Her research domain is situated in the area of neurological rehabilitation, focussing on fatigue, occupational performance, life balance, goal setting and assessment, mainly in multiple sclerosis.

Daphne Kos is President of the Belgian Society for Neurological Rehabilitation (BSNR) and Past President of the international network for best practice and research in Rehabilitation in MS (RIMS).

Dr. Pavel Lindberg


Prof. dr. Vivian Weerdesteyn


Prof. dr. Frederike van Wijck

Frederike van Wijck is a human movement scientist with a qualification in physiotherapy from The Netherlands, and currently Professor of neurological rehabilitation sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University in the UK, where she co-directs the Research Centre for Health and co-leads the Stroke and Neurological Rehabilitation Research Group (SYNERGY).  Her research interests focus on enhancing functional recovery after stroke, using skill acquisition, physical activity, behavioural change strategies and technologies, with the aim to enable people to achieve their personal goals. Collaborative work on physical activity after stroke led to the first UK Exercise and Fitness Training after Stroke course and a published textbook.  Frederike is president of the Society for Research in Rehabilitation in the UK, secretary of the European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation, and founding member of the Scottish Stroke Allied Health Professions Forum.  She is a member of the Cochrane Stroke Group Editorial team.  Frederike loves the Scottish outdoors, which affords endless opportunities for exploring new skills.


Prof. dr. Ulf Ziemann

Professor Ulf Ziemann, MD
Director of the Department Neurology & Stroke, Co-Director of the Hertie-Institute for Clinical Brain Research, University of Tübingen, Germany.

Research expertise: Human motor cortex, excitability, plasticity, motor learning, rehabilitation, TMS, brain state-dependent stimulation, closed-loop stimulation, neuropharmacology, TMS-EEG.
Clinical expertise: Stroke, neurointensive care, neuroimmunology, clinical neurophysiology.
Current positions: Editor-in-Chief of “Clinical Neurophysiology”, ExCo member of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology (IFCN), Deputy Editor of “Brain Stimulation”, Past-President of the German Society for Clinical Neurophysiology and Functional Imaging (DGKN).
Awards: Richard-Jung Prize of the German Society of Clinical Neurophysiology and Functional Neuroimaging (DGKN), National Institutes of Health (NIH, Bethesda, USA) Merit Award, NIH Fellowship Award for Research Excellence. Clarivate Web of Science Highly Cited Researcher 2020-2022
Publications: 527 peer-reviewed publications, 42 book chapters, 8 Books, Cumulative IF: 2.374, ISI Citations: 36.637, ISI h-index: 94, Google scholar h-index: 117.