Jolanda Roelofs

jolanda (2)I graduated cum laude for both the bachelor Biomedical Sciences (2011) and the master Clinical Human Movement Sciences (2013) at the Radboud University Nijmegen. During my major master internship, I investigated compensatory stepping responses after postural perturbations on the Radboud Falls Simulator in people after stroke. I found that the leg angle is a critical determinant for successful forward and backward stepping. Furthermore, I identified critical determinants for successful balance recovery after large sideways perturbations in healthy young adults. After my graduation, I participated in the PhD competition of the Radboud University. I wrote a research proposal to unravel the role of neural structures and pathways in their contribution to balance and gait control in people with stroke. From 2014 to 2015, I worked as a research assistant at the department of Rehabilitation at the Radboud university medical center. I used a lean and release task to investigate whether stepping responses can be improved with a perturbation-based balance training in people with stroke.