The Lotto Sports Science chair aims at supporting scientific research into aspects of recovery after exercise. The parties involved are the Nationale Loterij, cycling team Lotto-Soudal and the research group Human Physiology of the faculty of Physical Education and Physical Therapy at Vrije Universiteit Brussel. 


Recovery after exercise can be influenced in various ways. During the first 'Lotto Chair' attention was focused on physical interventions to promote recovery. The current research chair is aimed mainly at possible nutritional interventions and the influence on physical and mental recovery. Polyphenols are elemental nutrients that can e.g. be found in cocoa, vegetables, legumes and fruit. A number of these nutrients van improve the function and blood flow in the brain. Furthermore they help combat oxidative stressors, the formation of free radicals that coincides with intensive physical activity. Polyphenols are also linked to numerous pathologies and the ageing process. This research line focuses on the effects of polyphenols on exercise and recovery after exercise, particularly the influence on blood flow in the brain and muscles, oxidative stressors and the functioning of the brain during and after exercise. 


2010 - 2018

Chair holder: Prof Dr Romain Meeusen

Prof Dr Romain Meeusen, (PhD) is head of the Human Physiology Research Group at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His research interest is focussed on “Exercise and the Brain in Health & Disease” exploring the influence of neurotransmitters on human performance, training, rehabilitation. Recent work is on Thermoregulation, Neurogenesis, Cognition, nutrition in health & disease. He teaches on exercise physiology, training & coaching and sports physiotherapy.  Romain published ca 550 articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed journals, 21 books on sport physiotherapy, and gave lectures at more than 900 national and international conferences. He is past President of the Belgian Society of Kinesiology, the Belgian Federation of Sports Physiotherapy, and the society of kinesiology Belgium.  He is former Board member of the European College of Sport Science ECSS (2000-2013), and of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) (2010-2013). In 2006 he was honoured by the ASCM by giving the ‘Presidents Lecture’ at the annual meeting.  In 2009 he received the Belgian  ‘Francqui Chair’ at the Universit√© Libre de Bruxelles on ‘Exercise and the Brain’. He is also holder of two named lecturing chairs at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is director of the Human Performance lab of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, where he works with several top athletes, and is scientific advisor of the ‘Lotto Cycling Institute’ (Lotto-Soudal professional cycling team).