Dr. Laurien Buffart

Laurien Buffart is Human Movement Scientist and Epidemiologist, and currently working as a research fellow at the EMGO+ Institute, VU University Medical Centre Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

She finished her Masters in Human Movement Sciences at the VU University inAmsterdamin 2003. In November 2008, she obtained her PhD degree at the department of Rehabilitation Medicine of Erasmus MC inRotterdamafter completing her thesis on  physical activity and fitness in adolescents and young adults with spina bifida .

During her PhD, she visited the Centre for Physical Activity and Health at the University of Sydney in Australia for 5 months, working on a project on General Practitioners’ perceptions and practices on physical activity and weight counselling.

Currently, Laurien is working as a  research fellow at the EMGO+. She is involved in several research projects on physical activity and exercise in cancer patients and survivors. She coordinates the Alpe d’HuZes Cancer Rehabilitation (A-CaRe) study, which evaluates the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of physical activity and exercise interventions on fatigue, physical fitness and function and quality of life, in different groups of cancer patients: after chemotherapy, during chemotherapy, after stem cell transplantation, and during childhood cancer.

In 2011, she obtained the Bas Mulder Award, a personal grant funded by the Alpe d’HuZes/KWF foundation. With this funding, she was able to launch the POLARIS (Predicting OptimaL cAncer RehabIlitation and Supportive care) study, which aims to build an international consortium and create a large database with individual patient data to investigate what rehabilitation or supportive care program works best for which cancer patients, under what circumstances and through which mechanisms.