Dr. Vivian Weerdesteyn


Dr. Vivian Weerdesteyn has a background in Physiotherapy (BSc, 1996) and Human Movement Science (MSc, 1999). She obtained her PhD (2005) in Medical Science from the Radboud University Nijmegen on the development and evaluation of a falls prevention program for the elderly (‘Vallen Verleden Tijd’). She currently holds an associate professorship at the Radboud University Medical Centre, Department of Rehabilitation, where she is chairing the balance and gait laboratories. Since 2012, she has been a junior principal investigator in the research institutes Radboud Institute for Health Science (RIHS) and Donders Centre for Neuroscience (DCN;www.ru.nl/donders) of the Radboud University. In her research, she aims to elucidate the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying impaired balance and gait control in people with neurological conditions, and to design and evaluate novel interventions to ameliorate these problems. She has served on the board of the International Society for Posture and Gait Research (ISPGR), and has recently been appointed as the co-host of the upcoming World congress of ISPGR in Miami (2017). She is an editorial board member of Gait & Posture and has published about 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals.