About the Centre of Excellence for Rehabilitation Medicine Utrecht

The Centre of Excellence for Rehabilitation Medicine Utrecht (KCRU) is the collaborative research and innovation centre of the University Medical Centre Utrecht (UMCU) and the rehabilitation centre De Hoogstraat.

The KCRU is important in the constant improvement of rehabilitation treatment by conducting scientific research projects, innovation and implementation. The work in the KCRU is been done in close collaboration with patients and their loved ones as being the experts. Also, we work close together with patient organisations.

Professor dr. Anne Visser-Meily is the head of the KCRU.

The KCRU focusses on 5 medical diagnosis. Each has a program leader.

  • Brain
    • Acquired brain injury: prof. dr. Anne Visser- Meily
    • Congenital brain injury: dr. Marjolijn Ketelaar
  • Neuromuscular Diseases: dr. Anita Beelen
  • Spinal cord injury: prof. dr. Marcel Post
  • Skeletal dysplasias: dr. Iris van Wijk

The research in each program is conducted by (PhD) students and medical doctors or residents. They are supervised by the program leader or a postdoctoral researcher.

Apart from the medical diagnosis, the KCRU focuses on three topics. Each topic has one responsible person:
– The family: dr. Marjolijn Ketelaar
– Physical fitness and sleep: dr. Olaf Verschuren
– Cognition and autonomy: dr. Tanja Nijboer

The KCRU also carries out innovation and implementation projects. These are related to the relevant group of medical diagnosis and are preferably the spin-off of scientific developments.
Products and training are often the result of research and innovation projects. We make these available for free or at low cost to patients, healthcare professionals and healthcare organizations in order to contribute to increasingly better rehabilitation treatment.