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Luxembourg Chair for Translational Research in Human Motion, Sports Injury Prevention and Health

Our mission is to deliver scientific, economic and societal value for Luxembourg and beyond. We strive to realize this by performing translational research and development related to movement and physical activity and particular in the fields of sports medicine, sports surgery and rehabilitation recognizing its value for transversal applications.

We aim to generate new knowledge about movement and physical activity and its domains towards translation into preventing sports-related injuries, providing health benefits of physical activity across the lifespan and for all levels of sports practice.

Finally, we want to identify, develop and exploit evolving technologies and methods, including novel image (video), sensor, smart device, software or data science-based approaches towards achieving the mission.

Objectives of the Chair

Through and with the support of the VUB, a PhD (research) scholarship in the area of human movement, physical activity and its related health benefits will be offered. The study may include aspects of sports medicine, sports orthopedics, sports science and injury prevention, also with emphasis on digital methods including wearable sensors, devices, software/apps or machine learning techniques.

Additionally, a Luxembourg fellowship will be set up, offering the possibility to graduate in the area of sports science/physiotherapy science supported and promoted by the VUB. This will give great visibility to the Luxembourg scientific community.

Our partner

The Luxembourg Institute of Research in Orthopedics, Sports Medicine and Science (LIROMS) is a non-profit organization active in orthopedics, sports medicine and science in association with the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH), a public biomedical research organization and the Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg (CHL), a public academic hospital.

Chair holder

Prof. dr. Romain Meeusen will be appointed as Chair holder and promotor of the PhD student. Meeusen received an M.Sc. degree in Movement Sciences, an M.Sc. and a Ph.D. degree in Rehabilitation Sciences from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. He is Head of the Department of Human Physiology and is vice-rector internationalization at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. His research interest is focussed on exercise and the brain in health and disease, exploring the brain during sports performance, but he has also a strong interest in sports injury (and prevention) as well as in sports rehabilitation. His laboratory has much expertise in evaluating the human response to robotic parts, fatigue mechanisms, neurogenesis and psychophysiology.

He is also Director of the Brussels Laboratory for Exercise and Topsport (BLITS). Prof. Meeusen has been President of the Belgian Society of Kinesiology, a board member of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).

Academic coordinators

Prof. dr. Jan Cabri and dr. Bernd Grimm will be appointed as academic coordinators.