dr. H.L. Gerrits (Karin)



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karin.gerrits@vu.nl
faculteit der gedrags- en bewegingswetenschappen ( sectie physiology )

Short Bio

I received my PhD in Human Movement Sciences (“Muscle adaptations in people with spinal cord injury”) in 2000 from the VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. From 2001 I have been working as an assistant-professor at the research institute MOVE, VU University of Amsterdam. The last five years my research focused on understanding the influence of different neurological and neuromuscular disorders on (neuro)muscular and cardiovascular properties, how this relates to impaired functional performance such as impaired gait, and how training and/or rehabilitation can improve these properties. Because effects of chronic disorders are not independent of ageing and disuse, throughout my research I also included studies on elderly as well as on individuals with an inactive (sedentary) lifestyle. With this research I am devoted to improve rehabilitation/training strategies aimed at restoring lower motor function and to improve our fundamental knowledge on the mechanisms involved.

Research


The main driver of my research is the question how to optimize rehabilitation to maximize mobility and health in (chronic) patients, especially in the frail elderly. I am involved in fundamental studies addressing mechanisms of physiological adaptations in ageing, disuse and disease and applied research on the consequences for functioning and health.


De belangrijkste drijfveer voor mijn onderzoek is de vraag hoe revalidatie geoptimaliseerd kan worden ten behoeve van een zo goed mogelijke mobiliteit en gezondheid van (chronische) patiënten en kwetsbare ouderen in het bijzonder. Ik ben betrokken bij fundamentele studies, naar mechanismen van fysiologische adaptaties bij veroudering, inactiviteit en ziekte, en toegepast onderzoek naar de consequenties hiervan voor het functioneren en gezondheid.

Current Projects

  • Robot-assisted treadmill training after stroke and spinal cord injury
  • PROTECT
  • FACTS-2-PPS
  • Muscle properties in patients with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome

 Grants

  • “Effects of robot-assisted treadmill training in combination with resistance exercise on locomotor performance and quality of life as well as cardiovascular and neuromuscular properties in patients after stroke.” Dutch Heart Foundation (2007)
  • “Effects of robot-assisted treadmill training in combination with resistance exercise on locomotor performance and quality of life as well as cardiovascular and neuromuscular properties in patients after stroke and spinal cord injury.” Nationaal revalidatiefonds (2008)

Key words

stroke, spinal cord injury, nemaline myopathy, neuromuscular discorder, muscle properties, electrical stimulation, robot-driven gait therapy, disuse, ageing

Publications

Collaborations

International collaborations

  • Manchester Metropolitan University (Dr. C. Maganaris, Dr. C. Reeves)
  • Center for Muscle and Bone research, Charite´ – Campus Benjamin Franklin, Berlin (Dr. J. Rittweger, Dr. E. R. Mulder, Prof. D. Felsenberg)

National Collaborations

  • Duyvensz-Nagel Research laboratory, Reade, centre of rehabilitation and rheumatology (formerly Revalidatiecentrum Amsterdam)
  • Dept. Rehabilitation Medicine, VU University Medical Center (Prof. dr. G. Kwakkel)
  • Department of Neurology, St Lucas Andreas Hospital, Amsterdam (Dr. Van den Berg – Vos)
  • Department of Rehabilitation, Academic Medical Center, Amsterdam (Prof. Dr. F. Nollet, Dr. A. Beelen)
  • Center for Human Movement Sciences, Center for Rehabilitation, University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen (Prof. L.H.V van der Woude)
  • Department of research and development, St Maartenskliniek, Nijmegen (Dr. B. Nienhuis)
  • Department of Physiology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (Dr. M.T.E. Hopman)
  • Neuromuscular Centre Nijmegen, Institute of Neurology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (Dr. B. van Engelen, Dr. N.Voermans)
  • Rehabilitation Center De Hoogstraat, Utrecht (Dr. I v/d Port)
  • Department of Biomedical engineering, Twente University (Dr. E. v. Asseldonk)
  • Department of Clinical Neurophysiology, Institute of Neurology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (Prof. dr. D.F. Stegeman)

Nevenwerkzaamheden

Laatste wijzigingen Nevenwerkzaamheden: Amsterdam 27 januari 2017