Jaap Harlaar appointed as full professor Clinical Biomechatronics

News - 02 February 2017

At the department of Biomechanical Engineering of the Faculty of 3mE of Delft University of Technology prof.dr.ir. Jaap Harlaar is per 1 april 2017 appointed as full professor Clinical Biomechatronics.
The deans of 3mE, LUMC, Erasmus MC intend to appoint professor Harlaar as director of studies within the management team of the bachelor programme Klinische Technologie, together with drs Pleun Hermsen (vice director of studies) and as director of studies of the new master programme Technical Medicine that will start in september of this year. Jaap Harlaar will succeed professor Edward Valstar who withdrew for health reasons.

Jaap Harlaar (1956) was educated in electrical engineering, specialising in biomedical engineering. He obtained his PhD degree in 1998 at the VU University in Amsterdam developing instruments for the assessment of motor function to assist clinical decision making, with a focus on EMG recording and processing in a context of movement analysis.

His research focusses on the development of biomechanical models of different movement disorders to inform clinical decision making (“precision diagnostics”). His career is characterized by a close collaboration with clinicians, especially paediatric physiatrists. His work is clinically applied in the treatment of children with spasticitey, as well as people with neurological diseases (eg MS) or osteoarthrosis. Professor Harlaar will continue his work as professor Clinical Movement Analysis at the department of rehabilitation medicine at VUmc for one day per week.