Gert Kwakkel, Ph.D.

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 150 papers in leading scientific journals such as The Lancet, The Lancet Neurology, BMJ and Stroke (Hirsch Index 38). 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 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).