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  • Full professor of Biomechanics
  • Head of the department of Human Movement Sciences, Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, VU Amsterdam
  • Head of the Neuromechanics section


My research group concentrates on the effects of ageing, musculoskeletal and neurological disorders on human movement with as main focus the stability of posture and gait. Our goal is to contribute to prevention, treatment and rehabilitation with respect to musculoskeletal and movement disorders, by increasing our understanding of movement-related causes and consequences of these disorders and related impairments.

We use observational and experimental approaches to unravel the interplay between organismic, task-related, and environmental constraints as co-determinants of motor behavior. We have established a team, including national and international external collaborators, with a broad range of expertise and skills, to tackle these problems from a multi-discpiplinary perspective.

We aim to translate fundamental insights into clinically applicable procedures and to develop measurement tools that can be used outside the laboratory context. We collaborate with applied researchers, epidemiologists and biomedical industry, to achieve translation of our results to practice, and highly value contacts with practice. 


  • 2016 EU Horizon 2020 grant: PreventIT (co-PI)
  • 2015 EU Horizon 2020 grant: SPEXOR
  • 2013 STW / Symbionics grant: Co-adaptive support of trunk and head in relation to arm movements (Co-PI)
  • 2010 EU Erasmus Mundus grant: MOVE-AGE
  • 2009 NWO TOP grant: Farao (Co-PI)
  • 2009 STW grant:Identification of neuromuscular control of trunk musculature in low-back pain (Co-PI)


Prizes and Awards

2016: co-winner of the 2015 IEA/Liberty Mutual Medal, awarded by the  International Ergonomics Association.

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Research Output 1996 2018

An adaptive, real-time cadence algorithm for unconstrained sensor placement

van Oeveren, B. T., de Ruiter, C. J., Beek, P. J., Rispens, S. M. & van Dieën, J. H. Feb 2018 In : Medical Engineering and Physics. 52, February, p. 49-58 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Center of pressure motion after calf vibration is more random in fallers than non-fallers: Prospective study of older individuals

van den Hoorn, W., Kerr, G. K., van Dieën, J. H. & Hodges, P. W. 26 Mar 2018 In : Frontiers in Physiology. 9, MAR, 273

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Control of human gait stability through foot placement

Bruijn, S. M. & Van Dieën, J. H. 1 Jan 2018 In : Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 15, 143, 20170816

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