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Dominique Hansen (°1980) is a professor (hoogleraar) of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation of Internal Diseases at Hasselt University, scientific coordinator at Heart Centre Hasselt, Jessa Hospital, Belgium, and Fellow of The European Society of Cardiology. At Hasselt University his research is focused on exercise physiology and exercise training in patients with obesity, type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, or heart failure. In all these studies, humans are examined and classical assessment techniques for exercise tolerance (cardiopulmonary exercise testing and dynamometry testing), cardiac function (echocardiography), body composition (dexa scan), glycemic control and insulin sensitivity (oral glucose tolerance test, euglycemic hyperinsulinemic clamp test), skeletal muscle physiology (by muscle biopsy and subsequent in vitro techniques) and adipocyte physiology (by subcutaneous fat biopsy and subsequent in vitro techniques) are often applied. At Heart Centre Hasselt, Dominique Hansen is involved in cardiologic research in a broad sense, going from resuscitation to cardiac electrophysiology, and from telerehabilitation to coronary revascularization. Dominique Hansen received several (inter)national research awards, has published >90 papers in international peer-reviewed journals (including (inter)national guidelines for rehabilitation of patients with internal diseases).


Key Publications

  • Hansen D, Dendale P, Jonkers RAM, Beelen M, Manders RJF, Corluy L, Mullens A, Berger J, Meeusen R, van Loon LJC. Continuous low-to-moderate intensity exercise training is equally effective as moderate-to-high intensity exercise training at lowering blood HbA1c content in type 2 diabetes patients. Diabetologia 2009; 52: 1789-97. IF 6.55
  • Hansen D, Dendale P, van Loon LJC, Meeusen R. The effects of training modalities on clinical benefits of exercise intervention in cardiovascular disease risk patients or type 2 diabetes mellitus. Sports Med 2010; 40: 921-40. IF 5.07
  • Hansen D, Stevens A, Eijnde BO, Dendale P. Endurance exercise intensity determination in the rehabilitation of coronary artery disease patients: a critical re-appraisal of current evidence. Sports Med 2012; 42: 11-30. IF 5.23
  • Dendale P, De Keulenaer G, Troisfontaines P, Weytjens C, Mullens W, Elegeert I, Ector B, Houbrechts M, Willekens K, Hansen D. Effect of a telemonitoring-facilitated collaboration between general practitioner and heart failure clinic on mortality and rehospitalisation rates in severe heart failure. Eur J Heart Fail 2012: 14: 333-40. IF 5.24
  • Hansen D, Meeusen R, Mullens A, Dendale P. Effect of acute endurance and resistance exercise on endocrine hormones directly related to lipolysis and muscle protein synthesis in adult individuals with obesity: a review. Sports Med 2012; 42: 415-31. IF 5.23
  • Vanhees L, Geladas N, Hansen D, et al. Importance of characteristics and modalities of physical activity and exercise in the management of cardiovascular health in individuals with cardiovascular risk factors. Recommendations from the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (Part II). Eur J Prev Cardiol 2012; 19: 1005-33. IF 3.90
  • Hansen D, Wens I, Kosten L, Verboven K, Eijnde BO. Slowed exercise-onset VO2 kinetics during submaximal endurance exercise in subjects with multiple sclerosis. Neurorehabil Neural Repair 2013; 27: 87-95. IF 4.87
  • Hansen D, Peeters S, Zwaenepoel B, et al. Exercise assessment and prescription in patients with type 2 diabetes in the private and home care setting: clinical recommendations from AXXON (Physical Therapy Association Belgium). Phys Ther 2013; 93: 597-610. IF 3.24
  • Hansen D, Wens I, Vandenabeele F, Verboven K, Eijnde BO. Altered signaling for mitochondrial and myofibrillar biogenesis in skeletal muscles of multiple sclerosis patients. Transl Res 2015; 166: 70-9. IF 5.03.
  • Hansen D, Marinus N, Remans M, Courtois I, Calsius J, Cools F, Massa G, Takken T. Exercise tolerance in obese versus lean adolescents: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Obesity Reviews 2014; e-pub ahead of print. IF 6.87.
  • Hansen D, Hens W, Peeters S, et al. Physiotherapy as first-line treatment for childhood obesity: clinical recommendation from AXXON (Physiotherapy Association Belgium) in primary health care. Phys Ther 2016: e-pub ahead of print. IF 2.52

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