Gijsbertus J. Verkerke
Gijsbertus J. Verkerke was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 19 June 1957. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Twente in Enschede, The Netherlands, where he graduated in 1981. He performed his military service as officer and did reseach on military boots. In 1983, he started to work at the Rehabilitation Center Muiderpoort in Amsterdam on the design of new rehabilitation products. He started his Ph.D. study in 1987 and completed it in December 1989. The research topic was the development and test of a a modular femur endoprosthetic system. Since 1990, he is working at the University of Groningen / University Medical Center Groningen, since 2006 as Professor of biomedical product development. He is Coordinator of the biomedical engineering curriculum. In 2004, he started to work for one day a week at the University of Twente as Professor of the design of biomedical products. His research interests are biomechanics and the methodical design of implants and external prostheses and orthoses, mainly for orthopaedic and laryngeal applications, like voice-producing prostheses, tracheostomy valves, an osteointegrated upper leg prosthesis, discus prosthesis, and scoliosis correction systems. In 2007, he became President of the European Society of Engineering in Medicine (ESEM). Recently, he became Technical Scientific Director of the Center of Research Excellence SPRINT, focusing on increasing the mobility of elderly.
Biography Updated on 4 September 2011