About us

The PAIN IN MOTION research group comprises of physiotherapists and occupational therapists affiliated to the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Ghent University, Antwerp University, University College Rotterdam, University of Valencia, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and Transcare Pijn Nederland
We study the bidirectional interplay between (chronic) pain and movement.
Health care for patients with chronic pain is provided by our team in the University Hospital Brussels (Jette) , The Physio Shed, New Zealand and Transcare Pain the Netherlands (Groningen).


Dr. Isabel Baert

Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp

Dra. Jacqui Clark

Physiotherapist at The Physio Shed, New Zealand, and Lecturer and PhD researcher at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.

Dr. Iris Coppieters

Postdoctoral researcher at Ghent University and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Dr. Margot De Kooning

Lecturer and postdoctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Physiotherapist at the University Hospital Brussels.

Dra. Hester den Bandt

Teacher at University College Rotterdam and PhD researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Dra. Sanneke Don

PhD researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel Physiotherapist at Stichting Gezondheidscentra Haarlemmermeer, Hoofddorp, the Netherlands Guest lecturere at the University College Leiden, the Netherlands

Dra. Lisa Goudman

PhD researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Dr. Dorien Goubert

Postdoctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University

Dra. Linda Hermans

PhD researcher at Ghent University

Lisette Heystee

Physiotherapist / manual therapist

Dra. Eva Huysmans

PhD researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Prof. Dr. Kelly Ickmans

Assistant professor and postdoctoral researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Physiotherapist at the University Hospital Brussels

Drs. Kevin Kuppens

PhD researcher at the University of Antwerp and Vrije Universiteit Brussel Sports physiotherapist

Drs. Jeroen Kregel

PhD researcher at Ghent University and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Dra. Marijke Leysen

PhD researcher at the University of Antwerp and Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Dra. Laurence Leysen

PhD researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Dr. Enrique Lluch I Girbés

Assistant professor at the University of Valencia and researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Dra. Anneleen Malfliet

PhD researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University

Prof. Dr. Mira Meeus

Professor at the University of Antwerp and Ghent University.

Prof. Dr. Jo Nijs

Professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel Physiotherapist / manual therapist at the University Hospital Brussels

Prof. Dr. Rob Oostendorp

Honorary member Professor emeritus Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre and Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Dra. Roselien Pas

PhD researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the University of Antwerp

Drs. Andrea Polli

PhD researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Yannick Tobbackx

Physiotherapist at the Zuil, Westerlo

Prof. Dr. Jessica
Van Oosterwijck

Visiting professor at the University of Antwerp and post-doctoral researcher at Ghent University.

Prof. Dr. Paul van Wilgen

Visiting professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel Physiotherapist at Transcare Pijn the Netherlands

Luc Vanderweeën

Vrije Universiteit Brussel Physiotherapist / manual therapist

Dra. Kuni Vergauwen

Lector occupational therapy AP Hogeschool, PhD researcher at the University of Antwerp & Maastricht University

Dr. Lennard Voogt

Head lecturer at the University College Rotterdam PhD researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel Physiotherapist / manual therapist

Dra. Amarins Wijma

PhD researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel Physiotherapist

Drs. Ward Willaert

PhD researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Ghent University

Dra. Rinske Bults

Psychologist at Transcare Pijn the Netherlands PhD researcher at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Stijn Schouppe

PhD researcher at Ghent University

Evy D'hondt

PhD researcher at Ghent University