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Jaap H van Dieën
Jaap van Dieën worked as a researcher in physical ergonomics at the Institute for Agricultural Engineering in Wageningen, the Netherlands (1986 to 1996). He obtained a PhD from the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences at the VU University Amsterdam the Netherlands in 1993 and has been affiliated to this faculty since 1996. In 2002, he was appointed as full professor and became head of the department in 2016. Jaap van Dieën leads a research group focusing on the neuromechanics of human movement, with applications in ageing, musculoskeletal and movement disorders and sports. His research focuses on four themes:
1) Balance control: what determines good balance control, how we can assess balance control and fall risk, and how can balance control be improved?
2) Control of trunk posture and movement: how does trunk control change with disorders like low-back pain, and how can changes in trunk control be assessed clinically?
3) Spine mechanics and low-back pain: how can low-back loading be assessed, and how effective are ergonomic interventions in reducing low-back loading?
4) Measurement tools for biomechanical and neurophysiological assessment with a focus on applications outside the lab.
Jaap van Dieën has supervised over 50 PhD students and (co-) authored over 500 papers in international scientific journals. He is currently the editor of the Biomechanics and Control of Human Movement section of Frontiers in Sports and Active Living and serves on several editorial boards.