UKJ Seminars on Research in Healthy Ageing
(Professor in Neurorehabilitation at the Department Rehabilitation Medicine of the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam)
Gert Kwakkel is a movement scientist and Professor in Neurorehabilitation at the Department Rehabilitation Medicine of the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam (Netherlands). His chair is dedicated to translational research in the field of neurorehabilitation with special interest in Stroke, Parkinsons’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. In particular he is interested in the role of neuroplasticity and behavioral mechanisms for stroke recovery. He is father of the EXPLICIT-stroke program that is running in the Netherlands since 2008. Professor Kwakkel published more than 150 papers in leading scientific journals such as The Lancet, The Lancet Neurology, BMJ and Stroke (Hirsch Index 38). Worldwide, Prof. Gert Kwakkel has delivered more than 50 invited keynote lectures and is acknowledged recently as one of the top-researchers of the VU Medical Centre. In addition, he is member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Stroke, Journal Rehabilitation Medicine and Physiotherapy Research International. Finally, professor Kwakkel is president of the Dutch Society of NeuroRehabilitation responsible for the Physical Therapy Stroke Guidelines in the Netherlands.
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