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Annick Timmermans (°1966) is Assistant Professor Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (tenure track Associate Professor) at the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences, Hasselt University and a member of the Biomedical Research Institute (BIOMED – REVAL).  She did a PhD at Eindhoven University of Technology (NL) on technology supported rehabilitation approaches, which is also the focus of her current research activities. She investigates the use of technological systems for enriched rehabilitation environments in the hospital and at home for patients with musculoskeletal problems. She has been involved in rehabilitation technology development through collaboration with companies (Philips Research Eindhoven (NL); Serious Toys in Den Bosch (NL); Hocoma in Zurich ( Switzerland)) and through collaboration with universities (Expertise Centre for Digital Media at Hasselt University; Department of Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology, NL). She has developed technology supported training concepts (T-TOAT), and has conducted (randomized) clinical trials to evaluate the effectiveness of technology-supported rehabilitation. Annick Timmermans is a member of several (inter)national scientific networks and societies, a.o. the International Consortium on Rehabilitation Robotics, the International Association for the Study of Pain, the World Federation for Neurorehabilitation (WFNR), and the European Network on Robotics for Neurorehabilitation (COST Action TD1600).

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Key Publications

  • Lemmens R., Timmermans A.A.A., Janssen-Potten Y., Pulles S., Geers R.P.J., Bakx W., Smeets R., Seelen H. 2014. Accelerometry measuring the outcome of robot-supported upper limb training in chronic stroke: a randomized controlled trial. Plos One. May. Volume 9. Issue 5 (IF=3.73)
  • Timmermans A., Lemmens R., Monfrance M., Geers R., Bakx W., Smeets R., Seelen H. (2014). Effects of task-oriented robot training on arm function, activity, and quality of life in chronic stroke patients: a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Neuroengineering and Rehabilitation. 11:45 (IF=2.57)
  • Timmermans A.A.A., Verbunt J.A., van Woerden R., Moennekens M., Pernot D.H., Seelen H.A.M. (2013).The effect of mental practice on the improvement of function and daily activity performance of the upper extremity in subacute stroke patients: a randomized clinical trial. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association 14: 204-212. (IF=5.3)
  • Spooren A.I.F., Timmermans A.A.A., Seelen H.A.M. (2012), “Motor training programs of arm and hand in patients with MS according to different levels of the ICF: a systematic review.”, BMC Neurology  (IF=2.56).
  • Lemmens R.J.M., Timmermans A.A.A., Janssen-Potten Y.J.M., Smeets R.J.E.M, Seelen H.A.M. (2012). “Valid and reliable instruments for arm-hand assessment at ICF activity level in persons with hemiplegia: a systematic review.”,  BMC Neurology, 2012, 12:21. (IF=2.8).
  • Timmermans  Annick A.A., Spooren  Annemie I.F., Kingma Herman, Seelen Henk A.M., (2010). “Influence of task-oriented training content on skilled arm-hand performance in stroke: a systematic review of non-CIMT trials.”, Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair,:24:p585. (IF=4.4).
  • Timmermans Annick  A. A., Seelen H. A. M., Geers R. P. J., Saini P. K., Winter S., te Vrugt J., and Kingma H. (2010). "Sensor-based arm skill training in chronic stroke patients:  results on treatment outcome, system usability and patient motivation," IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering, June, 2010 (IF=3.4).
  • Timmermans Annick A. A., Seelen Henk A. M., Willmann Richard D., and Kingma H. (2009), "Technology-assisted training of arm-hand skills in stroke: concepts on reacquisition of motor control and therapist guidelines for rehabilitation technology design," Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, vol. 6:1, 2009 (IF=3.26)


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