Erwin van Wegen

  

Session Title 1:

Non-invasive Brain Stimulation:  Opening up New Horizons in Neurorehabilitation

Session Title 2:

Ambulatory Measurement of Posture and Movement in Daily Life After Acquired Brain Injury

Biography:

Erwin van Wegen started his research career at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam, the Netherlands studying Human Movement Science. During his studies, he investigated issues in motor performance and learning, particularly in movement related disorders. After receiving a M.S. in Human Movement Science in 1995, he worked as a researcher in the Physical Therapy Department of the VU Medical Centre, where he performed studies investigating locomotion and rehabilitation in Parkinson and stroke patients together with Dr. R. Wagenaar and Dr. R. van Emmerik. In 1996 he moved to the United States to pursue a masters and doctoral degree at the Department of Exercise Science at the University of Massachusetts under the supervision of Prof. R. van Emmerik. The focus of his dissertation research was axial rigidity in relation to postural instability in Parkinson’s disease. His research over the years has focused on the coordination of locomotion and balance as well as rehabilitation in movement disorders, specifically in Parkinson’s Disease (PD), stroke, MS and the elderly. In 2002 he returned to the NL working as a post-doc (2002-2005) in the RESCUE project.

He is now working as a senior researcher in neurorehabilitation since 2005 at the VU Medical Center (dept. of Physical Therapy/Rehabiliation Medicine) in Amsterdam with Prof. Dr. G. Kwakkel. He has gained experience in conducting multicentre trials, for example the European project RESCUE in patients with Parkinson’s disease. He is currently the local VUmc coordinator and steering group member in the current multicenter EXPLICIT-stroke trial, funded by ZonMw (grant No. 89000001), deputy-treasurer of the Dutch Society of Neurorehabilitation (DSNR) and member of the clinical research master committee of the MOVE research institute at the Vrije Universiteit.