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Rob Oostendorp elected as Honorary Member of

Pain in Motion

Several Pain in Motion members were inspired by (the work of) Professor Rob Oostendorp (PT, MT, PhD), Officer in de Orde van Oranje Nassau. Back in the late nineties, Rob was already teaching about the role of the central nervous system (including central sensitization) in patients with chronic pain. That was quiet an experience for young physiotherapists entering a master of science program in … manual therapy. We were expecting to learn how our hands could ‘cure’ biomechanical dysfunctions, but instead we received a much wider picture. Rob taught us that besides biomechanical dysfunctions, behavioral factors and central nervous system dysfunctions can be of prime importance and should be integrated. In addition, Rob often focused on the bidirectional interaction between pain and body movement.

In addition to his inspiring way of teaching, Rob’s research regarding chronic pain and what we as physiotherapists can do about it, has impacted worldwide. For all these reasons, Pain in Motion has now elected emeritus professor Rob Oostendorp as Honorary Member. We are very pleased that Rob has now agreed to serve not only as a Honorary Member, but also to act as an advisory member of the Pain in Motion research group.

Below you can read about Rob’s achievements:

Rob Oostendorp was born in Nijmegen, the Netherlands, on March 8, 1942. In 1962 he obtained his gymnasium degree at the Canisius College in Nijmegen. He started his education in physiotherapy at the Sint Maartens hospital in Nijmegen in 1963. He received his bachelor degree PT in 1966 and his degree in Manual Physical Therapy (MPT) in 1972. He studied Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy (MSc) at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels, Belgium which he finished in 1984 cum laude. Between 1984 – 1988 he did his PhD study at the Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen (Catholic University Nijmegen, now Radboud University Nijmegen), the Netherlands.

Between 1966 - 1982 he was full time physiotherapist at the Departments of Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy of Academic Hospital Nijmegen, Maria Hospital (Tilburg) and Josef Hospital (Veghel); between 1982 - 2004 part-time member of Practice of Physiotherapy and Manual Therapy in primary care (Heewijk-Dinther).

Between 1988 - 2007 he was research director of the ‘Nederlands Paramedisch Instituut’ (Dutch Institute of Allied Health Care [NPi]), Amersfoort. Between 1989 – 2000 he was full professor in Manual Therapy at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Free University of Brussels (VUB). Since 2000 he is full professor in Allied Health Sciences at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (Radboud UMC), with a focus on the quality of allied health care, and development, implementation and evaluation of clinical guidelines. He retired in 2007.

Rob has published approximately 400 articles in national and international journals. He supervised 26 PhD theses to completion. He is member of various national and international physiotherapy organizations, and served as peer-reviewer for national and international journals.

He is honorary member of the Royal Dutch Association of Physiotherapy (2007), the Dutch Association of Manual Therapy (2007) , the Belgian Association of Manual Therapy (1997) and the Study Group Neurorehabilitation - Keypoint (2013). He is Officer in de Orde van Oranje Nassau (2007).