Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
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Theme 2: Perception, Action and Control


Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour

The neurorehabilitation research group conducts both translational and clinical studies with a focus on studies of motor control and functional recovery, particularly concerning balance and gait, upper extremity movements, speech-swallowing movements. In addition, chronic fatigue and social participation are important fields of interest.

Many of these studies make use of the available movement laboratories (Radboud Falls Simulator, Gait Lab, Upper Extremity Lab, Swallowing station) at the Department of Rehabilitation with unique and state-of-the-art equipment. The fact that these facilities are embedded in a clinical department allows almost immediate translation and application of knowledge into clinical practice.

The target populations involve adults and children with cerebral, spinal and neuromuscular diseases. The interaction between perception, cognition and motor control is a central theme to study compensatory next to true repair mechanisms as essential elements of neuroplasticity. Main goals are to unravel pathophysiological mechanisms underlying motor disabilities, fatigue and participation restrictions in neurological diseases and to develop and evaluate novel mechanism-based treatment options.

Name: Alexander Geurts
Telephone: 024-3668185
Fax: 024-3610989
Visiting address: Department of Rehabilitation
Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre
Reinier Postlaan 4
6525 GC Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Postal address: Department of Rehabilitation
Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre
P.O. Box 9101
6500 HB Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Key grants and prizes
  • NWO -TTW grant (‘Wearable Robotics’; € 840.000; 2018 – 2023) to Prof. dr. A. Geurts, dr. N. Keijsers, dr. I. de Groot, and dr. V. Weerdesteyn
  • Vidi grant (‘Roads to recovery: uncovering compensatory pathways for balance and gait control following stroke; € 800.000; 2017 – 2022) to Dr. V. Weerdesteyn
  • Princess Beatrix Spierfonds (PBS) grant (‘Life balance: an important outcome for fatigue management in neuromuscular diseases’; € 226.000; 2016 – 2020) to Prof. dr. A. Geurts and dr. E. Cup
  • ZonMw (IMDI) grant (‘MoveOn, a novel balance-testing device to improve mobility after stroke’; € 500.000; 2015 – 2020) to Prof. dr. A. Geurts and Dr. V. Weerdesteyn
  • European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine award for best PhD thesis (2015) to Dr. Jorik Nonnekes
Key publications
  • Nonnekes J, Benda N, van Duijnhoven H, Lem F, Keijsers N, Louwerens JWK, Pieterse A, Renzenbrink B, Weerdesteyn V, Buurke J, Geurts ACH. Management of Gait Impairments in Chronic Unilateral Upper Motor Neuron Lesions: A Review. JAMA Neurol. 2018 Feb 26. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2017.5041. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Van Duijnhoven HJ, Heeren A, Peters MA, Veerbeek JM, Kwakkel G, Geurts AC, Weerdesteyn V. Effects of Exercise Therapy on Balance Capacity in Chronic Stroke: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Stroke. 2016 Oct;47(10):2603-10.
  • Nonnekes J, Oude Nijhuis LB, de Niet M, de Bot ST, Pasman JW, van de Warrenburg BP, Bloem BR, Weerdesteyn V, Geurts AC. StartReact restores reaction time in HSP: evidence for subcortical release of a motor program. J Neurosci. 2014 Jan 1;34(1):275-81.
  • Voet N, Bleijenberg G, Hendriks J, de Groot I, Padberg G, van Engelen B, Geurts A. Both aerobic exercise and cognitive behavior therapy reduce chronic fatigue in FSHD: a RCT.  Neurology. 2014 Nov 18;83(21):1914-22.
  • Van Middendorp JJ, Hosman AJ, Donders AR, Pouw MH, Ditunno JF Jr, Curt A, Geurts AC, Van de Meent H; EM-SCI Study Group. A clinical prediction rule for ambulation outcomes after traumatic spinal cord injury: a longitudinal cohort study. Lancet. 2011 Mar 19;377(9770):1004-10. Epub 2011 Mar 4. PubMed PMID: 21377202

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Research Theme 2:
Perception, Action and Decision-making

Research Group

Principal Investigator
Prof. dr. A.C.H. Geurts

Group members

Scientific staff 
Edith Cup
B. Groen
Imelda de Groot
Jan Groothuis
Hanneke Kalf
Noël Keijsers
Henk van de Meent
Vivian Weerdesteyn
Bert de Swart

Mariska Janssen
Jorik Nonnekes

Jolanda Alingh
Frank Berenpas
Milou Coppens
Rosanne van Dijsseldonk
Hanneke van Duijnhoven
Lotte Heutinck
Karen van Hulst
Jos IJspeert
Hans Kerstens
Simone Knuijt
Joyce Kootker
Marloes Lagarde
Jacqueline Leenders
Bas van Lith
Renee Lustenhouwer
Laura Peeters
Veronique Plasschaert
Jolanda Roelofs
Yvonne Veenhuizen

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