Research Radboud Technology centers Human Performance Lab

Human Performance Expertise and services

The Human Performance Lab is able to combine the most important techniques – available at the Radboudumc and of high quality – to perform in-vivo measurements of human performance in the broadest sense of the term.

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Human Performance Expertise and services

The term ‘human performance’ should be interpreted in the broadest sense of the term as the research focus is not only on health and disease states, but also on healthy aging, and (in)activity and lifestyle.
 
The expertise of this technology center is characterized by research in the “man” domain. Our purpose is to support and evaluate the knowledge gained in the molecular domain and to answer mechanistic questions from the population domain with regards to human performance.

Area of expertise

We focus on four major pillars of the human performance and their interaction:
  • muscle and nerves
  • lungs
  • heart and vessels
  • brain and cognition

Services

We offer an outstanding and broad experience in human in-vivo measurement techniques to study functionality of individual organs, organ systems, regulatory mechanisms, and individuals as a whole, in an integrative way. These techniques can play an important role in the evaluation of new therapies and interventions at the patient level.

Our services include:
  • Support on experimental design and preparation of study plans
  • Assistance in all types of projects related to in vivo measurements:
    • Performance of intervention studies
    • Evaluation new therapies or new medicine  
    • Performance of research into cognitive aging
    • Performance of research centered around patient and health, lifestyle
    • Performance of validation studies
    • Performance of patient home measurements

How can we help enhance your research? Contact us

Maria Hopman MD PhD
Technology center representative

+31 (0)24 361 42 00

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How can we help enhance your research? Contact us

Joep van Kesteren MSc
Technology center representative

+31 (0)6 4813 4101

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Areas of expertise

We can offer research techniques that can examine human performance in different settings and can evaluate new therapies and interventions at the organ and patient level. read more

Research projects


Collagen peptides and knee function

Knee joint discomfort is frequently observed in middle-aged individuals and is associated with a reduced daily life activity and an impaired quality of life.

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Collagen peptides and knee function

Knee joint discomfort is frequently observed in middle-aged individuals and is associated with a reduced daily life activity and an impaired quality of life. Collagen peptide (CP) supplementation might have a beneficial effect on knee discomfort. Roussellot (producer of Peptan Collagen Peptides) partnered with the Radboudumc Physiology department to study the effects of Peptan supplementation on knee discomfort and knee function in 167 middle-aged individuals. CP or placebo supplementation reduces knee discomfort and improves knee function in active middle-aged individuals with self-reported knee discomfort. However, no superior effect of CP supplementation over placebo was observed.

 

Running Research

In 2011 zijn de afdelingen Fysiologie en Health Evidence van het Radboudumc gestart met een meerjarig onderzoek naar de effecten van een actieve leefstijl op gezondheid, kwaliteit van leven, progressie van ziekten en ziektebeleving.


Thermo Tokyo: "Beat the heat"

The 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics will be held in the midst of Tokyo’s summer. A team, led by dr. Thijs Eijsvogels, will perform four inter-related projects to allow Dutch athletes to ‘beat the heat’.

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Thermo Tokyo: "Beat the heat"

The 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics will be held in the midst of Tokyo’s summer, characterized by hot (>30°C) and humid (>75% relative humidity) climatic conditions: this will result in the most challenging environmental conditions ever observed in the modern history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Apart from the external thermoregulatory burden (i.e. solar radiation, ambient temperature and humidity), exercise is another important source of heat production. The combination of environmental heat stress and exercise-induced heat production will exceed the body’s heat dissipating capabilities, resulting in profound core body temperature elevations and an associated loss of exercise performance.

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For this purpose, 3 universities (Radboudumc, Vrije Universiteit, Delft University of Technology), 1 university of applied sciences (HAN), 4 companies (myTemp, Sizing Science, Inuteq, Magic Marine) 7 sports organizations (NOC*NSF, KNZB, KNWU, NTB, KNHB, Atletiekunie, Watersportverbond) and 4 national Sportinnovator centers (Papendal / Topsport Expertise & Innovation Centre Limburg / Sailing Innovation Center / TUD) jointly expressed the objective to allow safe and optimal performance for Olympic and Paralympic athletes exercising in the heat. To achieve this goal, the team, led by dr. Thijs Eijsvogels will perform four inter-related projects to allow Dutch athletes to ‘beat the heat’.


 

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