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The overall objective of my research is to unravel the complex interactions between the musculoskeletal and neural systems during movement. For this purpose, both animal and human models are exploited. It has been my unique focus to study the mechanics of skeletal muscles, not in isolation but in their in vivo context.


  • Force transmission within the Achilles tendon. The aim is to assess to what extent the subtendons arising from each of the three triceps surae muscles act independently.
    - Collaborators: Prof. T. Finni (University of Jyväskylä, Finland), Prof. H.R.C. Screen (Queen Mary University of London, UK)
  • Neuromechanical responses to stroke in the rat. This project is funded by the European Commission through MOVE-AGE, an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate program. The goal is to improve our understanding of the changes in neural control of movement and secondary changes in skeletal muscle properties in response to a stroke.
    - PhD student: Arjun Paudyal
    - Collaborators: Prof. G. Kwakkel, Dr. E.E.H. van Wegen, Dr. C.G.M. Meskers (VU University Medical Center Amsterdam), Prof. H. Degens, Prof. M. Slevin (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
  • Understanding hand motor control.This project is funded by the European Commission through MOVE-AGE, an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate program. The aim of this project is to assess the contribution of neurophysiological and mechanical characteristics of our neuro-musculo-skeletal system to the limited independence of finger control.
    - PhD students: Nathalie van Beek, Mojtaba Mirakhorlo, Sigrid Dupan
    - Collaborators: Dr. I. Jonkers (KU Leuven, Belgium), Prof. C.L. de Korte, Prof. D.F. Stegeman (Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center), Prof. H.E.J. Veeger (Delft University)
  • Neuromuscular effects of muscle connectivity during locomotion. This VIDI project is funded by the Division for Earth and Life Sciences of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research. The objective is to investigate the importance of epimuscular myofascial force transmission and its consequences for the neuromechanics of movement.
    - PhD students: Chris Tijs (graduated 2016), Michel Bernabei (graduated 2017)
    - Collaborators: Drs. T.G. Sandercock (Northwestern University), Prof. T.C. Cope (Wright State University), Prof. J.H. van Dieën (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
  • Enhancing surgical muscle lengthening for children with cerebral palsy as an intervention toimprove gait. This project is funded by the ‘Phelps Stichting voor spastici’, the Netherlands. The objective is to investigate the short-term and long-term effects of tendon lengthening in children with cerebral palsy.
    - PhD student: Helga Haberfehlner
    - Collaborators: Dr. R.T. Jaspers (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), Prof. J.G. Becher and Dr. H.A. van der Sluijs (VU University Medical Center), Prof. R. Brunner and Dr. E. Rutz (University Children’s Hospital Basel).
  • Sensorimotor control of locomotion after peripheral nerve injury. This project is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (National Institute of Health, USA). The biomechanical analysis of gait is combined with the measurement of muscle activation, tendon forces and muscle fiber lengths for different muscles in the cat hind limb. Surgical self-reinnervation is used to disrupt proprioceptive feedback of specific muscles.
    - Collaborators: Prof. R.J. Gregor, Dr. B.I. Prilutsky, Prof. T.R. Nichols (Georgia Institute of Technology), Prof. A.W. English (Emory University).
  • Modulation of reflex pathways following tendon transfer. The aim of this study is to investigate how the nervous system responds to an agonist-to-antagonist tendon transfer. Following a change in the anatomy, length changes of the transffered muscle with joint movements are reversed compated to the normal case. It is hypothesized that this will affect processing of length feedback in the spinal cord.
    - Collaborators: Prof. T.R. Nichols, Dr. M.A. Lyle (Georgia Institute of Technology).

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Research Output 2000 2019

Evidence of adaptations of locomotor neural drive in response to enhanced intermuscular connectivity between the triceps surae muscles of the rat

Bernabei, M., van Dieën, J. H. & Maas, H., 5 Sep 2017, In : Journal of Neurophysiology. 118, 3, p. 1677-1689 13 p.

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Skeletal Muscle
Connective Tissue
Surgical Mesh
Central Nervous System

Changes in muscle spindle firing in response to length changes of neighboring muscles.

Smilde, H. A., Vincent, J. A., Baan, G. C., Nardelli, P., Lodder, J. C., Mansvelder, H. D., Cope, T. C. & Maas, H., 2016, In : Journal of Neurophysiology. 115, 6, p. 3146-3155

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Musculotendon adaptations and preservation of spinal reflex pathways following agonist-to-antagonist tendon transfer

Lyle, M. A., Nichols, T. R., Kajtaz, E. & Maas, H., 1 May 2017, In : Physiological Reports. 5, 9, e13201.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Tendon Transfer
Sensory Feedback

Neuromuscular control during gait in people with haemophilic arthropathy

Cruz-Montecinos, C., Pérez-Alenda, S., Cerda, M. & Maas, H., Mar 2019, In : Haemophilia. 25, 2, p. e69-e77

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
Joint Diseases

Myofascial Loads Can Occur without Fascicle Length Changes

Tijs, C., Bernabei, M., van Dieën, J. H. & Maas, H., Aug 2018, In : Integrative & Comparative Biology. 58, 2, p. 251-260 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
connective tissues
joints (animal)

Activities 2003 2004

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