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Research interests

Main focus of research is the determination of early predictors for long term outcome after TBI, in particular frontal dysfunction and behaviour.  Another area of interest is the detection of cerebral dysfunction with innovative imaging techniques (perfusion-CT, (functional) MRI. Various peer-reviewed journal papers have been published on this subject. She is involved in several research projects with students and MD/PhD candidates in the field of neurotraumatology. Research projects are done in collaboration with the VUMC (BRAIN-protect), Erasmus MC and with the University of Trondheim, Norway. She has co-authored several books on TBI.  Currently she is program leader of a national multi-center follow-study of patients with mild TBI in the Netherlands (UPFRONT-study). As a member of the scientific committee of the IBIA (International Brain Injury Association) she is involved in the planning of the 12th  World Congress on Brain Injury in 2017.


Joukje van der Naalt is registered as a neurologist (1995) working at the Department of Neurology, University Medical Center Groningen. Her scientific and clinical expertise concerns the field of neurotraumatology. In 2000, a thesis on the outcome of mild to moderate head injury was successfully defended. As Clinical and Research fellow she has gained experience at the Department of Neurosurgery, St. Michael’s Hospital Toronto, Canada. She has contributed to several Multidisciplinary Guidelines on Management of TBI, and has organized focused work shops on acute care and neurotraumatology. For patient care, she contributed to the development of a Standard of Care for traumatic brain injury as member of the steering committee of the Dutch Brain Foundation. She is member of advisory board of the Committee on acquired brain injury (NAH) and initiated and chairs a multidisciplinary care network for TBI professionals in the Northern Netherlands.


Assessing the severity of traumatic brain injury - time for a change?

Behaviors of Concern after Acquired Brain Injury: The Role of Negative Emotion Recognition and Anger Misattribution

Correction to: Frequency of fatigue and its changes in the first 6 months after traumatic brain injury: results from the CENTER-TBI study

Differences between Men and Women in Treatment and Outcome after Traumatic Brain Injury

Electroencephalography, Magnetoencephalography, and Cognitive Reserve: A Systematic Review

Expert Panel Survey to Update the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Definition of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

The Association of Early Electrocardiographic Abnormalities With Brain Injury Severity and Outcome in Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

Accuracy in prediction of long-term functional outcome in patients with traumatic axonal injury: a comparison of MRI scales

An integrated perspective linking physiological and psychological consequences of mild traumatic brain injury

Association Between Prehospital Tranexamic Acid Administration and Outcomes of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

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De Bovenverdieping #6 over hersenletsel RUG-UMCG research BCN marvelous minds

De Genezers Hersenletsel: 'De wereld op z'n kop'

‘Zij vertelde weinig, hij domineerde de gesprekken en was overdreven aardig’

Interview Volkskrant

Interview de Neuroloog Nieuwe richtlijnen LTH

Voorlichtingsfilm youtube over hersenletsel

interview over traumatisch hersenletsel

paper in de the Lancet Neurology: results of the UPFRONT study

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