From: The Netherlands
Family Situation: Married with Bouwien Smits-Engelsman
Jacques Duysens achieved his Medical Degree, cum laude in Leuven in 1972. The following year he achieved a M.SC in Psychology, again cum laude (Leuven). He obtained an M.SC in Neurology and later a Ph. D. in Physiology (cum laude, in 1976; “Reflex control of cat locomotion”, supervisor K.G. Pearson) at the university of Alberta in Canada. At the N.I.H. (Bethesda, USA), he received a Fogarty scholarship in 1978 to work with Dr. Loeb. He then returned to Europe to start as a research associate at the KU in Leuven in 1979. In 1992 he obtained a joint appointment as associate professor at the University of Hasselt (B). He was appointed assistant professor in the Biophysics department in Nijmegen (Netherlands) in 1987 and he stayed in that department till 2005. Since 2000 he was appointed full professor in Nijmegen with a joint appointment at an orthopedic clinic (the Sint Maartenskliniek; RDE). From 2005-2007 he was professor at the dept. of rehabilitation. In 2007 he was appointed as a full professor in Motor control at FABER in Leuven (Belgium). In oct. 2012 he has retired with emeritus status and with a mission (research) to allow continuing research activities, including taking up a CNPq award to work in Brazil.
He is currently editorial board member on 3 international journals, namely
- Experimental Brain Research
- Gait and Posture
- Motor Control (Section editor)