Professor van Wijck takes EFRR role

07 July 2015

Frederike van Wijck

Frederike van Wijck

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)’s Frederike van Wijck, Professor in Neurological Rehabilitation, has been elected Vice-President of the Council for the European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation.

The European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation (EFRR) is a major multidisciplinary rehabilitation research forum in Europe. Originally formed in 1983, it has members from all over Europe.

The purpose of EFRR is to advance research and education in bio-psychosocial aspects of rehabilitation.

The outcomes of such research are implemented and disseminated with the aim of improving provision of social, vocational, health-care and rehabilitation services and the standards of practice in these services, for the benefit of people with disabilities. The 13th Congress of the EFRR took place in Helsinki, Finland in May 2015, with a theme of ‘Being, Doing, Participating’ referring to WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health.

Professor Frederike van Wijck, who has a background in physiotherapy and movement sciences, is a Professor in Neurological Rehabilitation. Her research interest is enhancing functional recovery in people with long term neurological conditions, especially stroke. Her current programme of research focuses on recovery of arm function and physical activity.

She said: “The EFRR 2017 meeting in Glasgow will offer an excellent platform for GCU to showcase its rich portfolio of cutting edge rehabilitation research in collaboration with partners from all over the UK and abroad.”