Treating Locomotor Disease


Course Objective

1. Knowledge and Understanding:
- A general knowledge of and insight into the main clinical issues
(epidemiology, pathophysiology, consequences and treatment modalities)
with regard to diseases that affect the locomotor system.
- Knowledge of current research questions and translational research
projects at VUmc/AMS
2. Applying knowledge and Understanding:
- The ability to integrate knowledge from human movement sciences and
- The ability to frame tentative research questions relevant to a
specific locomotor disease, by applying knowledge from human movement
3. Making Judgments:
- The ability to reflect on ethical and practical issues that constrain
the feasibility to perform applied studies in the area of locomotor
- The ability to formulate relevant hypotheses regarding research
questions on translational research in locomotor diseases.
- The ability to reflect on the scientific relevance and societal value
of achievements in translational research on locomotor diseases.
4. Communication:
- The ability to communicate with fellow researchers as well as
clinicians, and finding ways to bridge gaps between different conceptual
frameworks that are current in human movement science and medicine
5. Learning skills:
- The ability to write a research proposal that could serve as starting
point for a research master thesis (i.e. a scientific report in the form
of a scientific (peer-reviewed) paper).

Course Content

This course provides an overview of leading innovative research and
(para) medical treatments in the field locomotor disease, rehabilitation
movement sciences. Each topic of this module is designed around a
clinical theme, i.e. a specific disease or disorder. A general
introduction will
include a discussion on the main clinical problems, related to the
design of possible new treatments. This discussion will be focused on
how methods and techniques from the several medical disciplines as well
as the movement sciences are being applied to study and treat locomotor
disease. Both neurological diseases (progressive as well as non
progressive) as degenerative diseases of the skeletal system will be
discussed. Also general principles of clinical movement analysis and
outcome measurements are part of this module.

Teaching Methods

See course Manual on Canvas
Interactive lectures on Selected Topics
Total about 14-16 2 hour lectures, followed by a period of writing a
research proposal under guidance of an appointed supervisor.

How to write a Research Proposal
Grant Writing
Joint Replacement
Hand Surgery
Parkinson’s Disease
Cerebral Palsy
Cerebro Vascular Accident
Clinical Movement Analysis
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Multiple Sclerosis
Ankylosing Spondilitis
Obstetric Plexus Brachialis Lesion
Amputation/ prosthetics
Spinal Cord Injury

Method of Assessment

paper: research proposal 100%

Entry Requirements

Not applicable


- literature to be studied: will be provided through Canvas
- additional literature: will be provided through Canvas

Additional Information

All lectures will be given by different (guest-)lecturers from the
Amsterdam Movement Sciences
research institute
i.e. who are all practicing their profession at the interface of science
and clinical practice in different areas of the neuro-musculo-skeletal

Please note that there is only place for 20 students in this course. If
you are too late and that number has already been reached, there is
nothing we can do for you.

Custom Course Registration

For more info please see Canvas.

General Information

Credits 6 EC
Period P3+4
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator dr. E.E.H. van Wegen
Examiner dr. E.E.H. van Wegen
Teaching Staff dr. E.E.H. van Wegen

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Lecture