The program Restoration and Development aims to optimize movement and physical performance of patients with musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. Consequences of these disorders become apparent at the three WHO-ICF levels of functioning: impairments in function of body structures (tissues and organs), limitations in functional activities, and restrictions in daily life behavior in society.
The research is organized in three themes according to classes of conditions that are associated with impaired movement:
- Trauma and Reconstruction, studying acute and chronic damage and repair of the musculoskeletal system. This theme includes lesions of muscles, bones, joints and the covering soft tissues, oral mucosa and skin, specifically burn wounds and scar tissue.
- Activities and Participation, addressing pathologies that affect the central and/or peripheral nervous system resulting in movement impairments and associated disability. The focus lies on translational research to optimize activities and participation in stroke, multiple sclerosis, movement disorders, neuromuscular diseases, and temporomandibular disorders.
- Growth and Development, addressing disorders in children during growth and development into adulthood. The diseases of primary interest are cerebral paresis, premature born infants, scoliosis, obstetric plexus injuries and connective tissue disorders.