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MFYS Research Group

Human Physiology and Sports Physiotherapy

‘Exercise and the Brain in Health & Disease’

What are we all about?

The research group Human Physiology and Sports Physiotherapy (MFYS) conducts research in the domain 'Exercise and the Brain in Health & Disease'. We study the interaction of physical and cognitive effort on neurochemistry and physiology in both healthy people and patients. We conduct research from the most fundamental level to research that can lead to policy-making advice. In addition, we also provide education within the programmes "Physical Education and Movement Sciences" and "Rehabilitation Sciences and Physical Therapy" at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). As a third party service, MFYS founded the Brussels Laboratory for Excercise performance and TopSport (BLITS). Recreational athletes, elite athletes and (elite)sports clubs are welcome to come to BLITS for sports medical examinations and maximal exercise tests. BLITS is also specialized in medical screening for people who practice a specific profession such as the agents of the Civil Protection and various fire brigades. Another thrid party service MFYS provides, is ExoOO. Within ExoOO, we test commercially available exoskeletons on the workfloor of companies. For more information about ExoOO, please contact Prof. Dr. Kevin De Pauw

Interested in our projects?

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Exo4work TBME

New Publication: TBME Exo4Work

Occupational shoulder exoskeletons may decrease the risk of developing shoulder disorders caused by frequent overhead work since these devices reduce...


Professor Roelands receives prestigious Francqui mandate as research professor

As of 1 September, Professor Bart Roelands will hold the position of Francqui Research Professor for the upcoming 3 years.


New Paper: Evaluation of an articulated ankle-foot prosthesis

Current ankle prostheses for people with a unilateral transtibial amputation or transfemoral amputation are unable to mimic able-bodied performance during...


Sport Injury Seminar: from injury prevention to RTS

Saturday 23 April from 9:00

On April 23, 2022 from 9 am until 1 pm, we host the MFYS Sport Injury Seminar on campus Etterbeek of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.



Sunday 5 January from 9:00 to 21:00

After a successful first edition of the Brussels Universities Cyclocross, Golazo Sports will once again organise a cyclocross on Sunday 5 January on the...


International interdisciplinary symposium on citizens, science and air pollution

From Thursday 25 April at 7:00 to Saturday 27 April at 20:00

The first Etats Generaux de l'Air de Bruxelles is an event that combines a symposium, a hackathon and a day for the citizens.