Research within the Center for Human Movement Sciences
Education and research are intensely connected in the Center for Human Movement Sciences (CHMS). PhD's, master and bachelor students work together in an academic learning community and inspiring environment, playing a pivotal role in our research success.
The Center runs a competitive master-PhD program providing opportunities for talented master students to complete a PhD (currently 4 PhD places per year).
What kind of research?
There are 2 research domains within the master Human Movement Sciences shown with some examples of research questions:
• Falling in the elderly: predicting individual fall risks and developing preventive exercise programmes
• The relationship between movement and diseases such as dementia, stroke and Parkinson’s disease
• Effects of physical activity and inactivity on cognitive and mental processes (e.g. attention, memory)
• Recovery of normal skills levels after a stroke or paraplegia
• Sensorimotor adaptation processes during the rehabilitation of people with an artificial arm or leg or when learning to operate an arm-drive wheelchair
• Children with DCD (Developmental Coordination Disorder) and adults who need to relearn motor skills after a stroke or other impairment of the cognitive/sensorimotor system
Student research projects within this domain are usually conducted on-site in nursing homes and/or geriatric wards of hospitals, residential facilities for the elderly or individual homes. The CHMS has also great lab facilities to conduct research.