News and media Radboudumc news Esther Tanck appointed professor of Clinical Movement Sciences Education
1 March 2021

Effective 1 March 2021, Esther Tanck has been appointed professor of Clinical Movement Sciences Education at Radboud university medical center/Radboud University. She will be involved in developing education in the field of clinical movement sciences.

Moving and staying in motion are of great importance, both for society and for patients. As professor of Clinical Movement Sciences Education, Esther Tanck therefore wants to put the clinical movement sciences further on the map. By linking the Clinical Human Movement Sciences specialization of the Biomedical Sciences program with the Interdisciplinary Consortium for Clinical Movement Sciences & Technology (ICMS) and the clinical centers involved, she wants to provide direction in educating good professionals in the field of movement.

Bone strength in metastases

Esther Tanck (1971, Zevenaar) studied Biomedical Sciences at Radboud University in Nijmegen. She obtained her PhD in 2001 at the Orthopaedic Research Lab of the Radboud university medical center with the thesis ‘Mechanical regulation of bone development’. With her research group, she developed a method to predict the risk of bone fractures in patients with cancer and bone metastases. Based on CT scans of the femur, patient-specific three-dimensional computer models are made, which calculate the force a bone can still bear during movement. The BOS (BOne Strength) score she developed is currently being implemented nationwide as a tool to prevent unnecessary surgery, thereby improving the quality of life of these vulnerable patients.

Innovating medical education

After several years of research in the movement sciences, the focus of Tanck's work gradually shifted to education. Since 2001 she has been teaching (bio)medical students as a university lecturer. In 2012 she became a study leader in movement sciences and founded a national platform for Dutch education in movement sciences. Tanck has become the figurehead of (bio)medical education in the movement sciences, and plays an important role in innovations, developments and evaluations of courses and curricula.

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