Rik Gosselink

International Keynote, Cardiorespiratory

Professor Respiratory Rehabilitation, KU Leuven, Belgium

    Rik Gosselink obtained his bachelor degree in physiotherapy in Rotterdam (NL) and his PhD degree in Human Movement Sciences in Amsterdam (NL). After 12 years working as physiotherapist and researcher at the Free University Hospital in Amsterdam, he moved to the University Hospitals and University of Leuven in Belgium. He now holds the title of full professor in the department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy KU Leuven. Before taking up this position, Rik was dean of the Faculty of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences of the KU Leuven from 2005-2013 and vice-rector for Student Affairs and Sports of the KU Leuven from 2013-2017.

    A member of the European Respiratory Society, Rik served as Assembly Secretary and Head ‘Allied Respiratory Professionals’ from 1998-2006. His area of research, clinical practice and academic education is in exercise physiology, physiotherapy and rehabilitation in patients with acute critical illness or chronic pulmonary disease. The current focus of his research is on the evaluation of clinical tools for assessment of muscle strength and the effectiveness of various training methods for respiratory and limb muscles in these populations.

    To date, Rik has published over 150 papers in peer reviewed national and international journals, and over 50 book chapters and books.