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.