Prof Gert Kwakkel


Prof Gert Kwakkel



Professor Gert Kwakkel started his career as a physical therapists and movement scientists at the VU University medical Centre in Amsterdam. In 1998, he received his PhD on the thesis entitled: Dynamics in functional recovery after stroke. Professor Kwakkel received a chair ‘Neurorehabilitation’ at the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam in March 2008 and head research of the department neurorehabilitation of rehabilitation centre Reade in Amsterdam. Since June 2015, Gert Kwakkel is visiting professor at the rehabilitation institute (RIC) of Chicago of Northwestern University of Chicago, USA. His chair is dedicated to translational research in the field of neurorehabilitation with special focus on the longitudinal relationship between neuroplasticity and motor recovery. His interest is mainly on patients with Stroke, however also on Parkinsons’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis.

Professor Kwakkel published more than 184 papers in leading scientific journals such as The Lancet, The Lancet Neurology, BMJ and Stroke (Hirsch Index 44). Based on a prestigious advanced grant from the European Research Council (ERC), Professor Kwakkel belongs to one of the top researchers of the VU University in Amsterdam. This ERC idea is in collaboration with the Technical University of Delft (Prof. dr. Frans van der Helm) and focused on investigating the longitudinal relationship between stroke recovery and brain plasticity. Professor Kwakkel is European Managing Editor of the journal Neurorehabilitation & Neural Repair (NNR). In addition, he is member of the editorial board of Stroke, International Journal of Stroke, Journal Rehabilitation Medicine and Physiotherapy Research International Research. Finally, professor Kwakkel is president of the Dutch Society of NeuroRehabilitation (DSNR;

All session by Prof Gert Kwakkel

  • Flemming17-Mar-2016

Understanding upper limb recovery early post stroke: Some lessons of the EXPLICIT-stroke programme