Freedom of movement in all its aspects determines quality of life – from cell to organ and from organ to the entire body. Quality of life, or to contribute to the fulfillment of a meaningful life, inspires us on a daily base in our scientific enterprise.

Amsterdam Movement Sciences (AMS) research institute was established in 2017, as a follow up to MOVE research institute. The founding partners of AMS are the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC, and our members are junior and senior researchers from the Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences (FGB) and the Faculty of Science, both VU Amsterdam, as well as researchers from various departments at Amsterdam UMC, ACTA (Academisch Centrum Tandheelkunde Amsterdam), and researchers from the Faculty of Health at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences).

Our inspiration is substantiated through innovative, surprising clinical and fundamental research on human movement, and is organized in five programs programs: Sports, Musculoskeletal Health, Tissue Function & Regeneration, Ageing & Vitality and Rehabilitation & Development.

At Amsterdam Movement Sciences, we combine various fields of study and innovative techniques with focus on implementation and use in society. We are partners with patients and top athletes, dental surgeons and physiotherapists, industry and health insurance companies, sport coaches and cell biologists; as long as human movement is the focus.

With the translation of knowledge from our research into diet, lifestyle and training recommendations, clinical guidelines, inventions and advice to professionals we contribute to the advancement of societal well-being.

The highest research quality is our norm. We make every effort to guide our researchers and encourage them to cooperate in an interdisciplinary setting, and of course: to strive for the highest standars.

Mission, Vision and Aim


Amsterdam Movement Sciences strive to enhance physical and mental performance in health and disease, to contribute to well-being and societal participation based on a fundamental understanding of human movement.


Daily life activities and social participation critically depend on our ability to move. Physical activity contributes to health and enjoyment of life. Staying fit, and active becomes increasingly important, as life expectancy rises, survival after severe disease increases and the incidence of multimorbidity and chronic diseases grow. Societal changes put increasing demands on physical performance and independence of individuals. Therefore, optimizing human movement becomes increasingly important to improve physical performance in daily life, in work and sports, to prevent injury and to reduce disability due to medical conditions that impair movement.

The research within Amsterdam Movement Sciences is driven by questions arising from the clinic, from society, and from our interest in the nature of the human motor system and human movement. The research of the institute focuses on improving, preserving and restoring the human motor system to allow optimal physical performance in work, sports, aging and disease, based on fundamental knowledge of underlying mechanisms and principles. Interventions subserving these aims span physical training and learning, technical devices and implants, pharmaceutical and surgical treatments as well as musculoskeletal tissue repair and tissue engineering.

Amsterdam Movement Sciences performs excellent, interdisciplinary research in all of these areas. Moreover, the institute facilitates the exchange of knowledge between different areas of application, such as between elite sports and rehabilitation, and between basic and applied science, based on the conviction that integrating knowledge from different disciplines and from different biological scales on the continuum from molecules to physical performance of individuals, fosters innovation. The institute strives to cover the full research range from fundamental studies, translational proof-of-concept studies, to clinical studies on effectiveness and implementation of results.


Amsterdam Movement Sciences focuses on human movement, a key issue for today’s society, and approaches this in a broad interdisciplinary composition, covering from fundamental to clinical and from cellular to population research, which is unique in the world. The institute aims at being world leading in the field of interdisciplinary translational research on human movement and physical performance, and to disseminate its results to end-users so that society benefits optimally from our research results.


The day-to-day running of the institute is in the hands of the two Scientific Directors, supported by a small group of support staff. The management team, consisting of the two scientific directors, the five research program directors, the support staff and ECR and PhD candidates meet once a month to discuss policy issues and direction.  

Professor dr. Richard Jaspers, scientific director AMS
Professor dr. Richard Jaspers, scientific director AMS

Professor dr. Mario Maas, scientific director AMS
Professor dr. Mario Maas, scientific director AMS

Management Team

  • Professor dr. Richard Jaspers, (Director),  Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, VU Amsterdam;
  • Professor dr. Mario Maas, (Director), Amsterdam UMC, location AMC;
  • Professor dr. Evert Verhagen, Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc;
  • Dr. Wendy Scholten Peeters, Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, VU Amsterdam;
  • Dr. Nathalie Bravenboer, Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc;
  • Professor dr. Carel Meskers, Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc;
  • Professor dr. Sicco Bus, Amsterdam UMC, location AMC;
  • Dr. Erwin van Wegen, Amsterdam UMC, location VUmc;
  • Dr. Melissa Hooijmans, Amsterdam UMC, location AMC;
  • Tim Veneman, Amsterdam UMC, location AMC;
  • Drs. Mirjam Gouweloos, AMS,  Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, VU Amsterdam;
  • Mirjam van Bavel, Amsterdam UMC, location AMC;
  • Drs. Solveig Lund, AMS, Faculty of Behavioural and Movement Sciences, VU Amsterdam.

ECR Committee

PhD Committee


      Collaboration & Partners

      Collaboration is of paramount importance within academia, and for translational researchers. We stay in close touch with the various fields where our research outcomes are applied, and where we can be inspired to do further research on thus far unsolved research questions.

      Our researchers are in daily contact with industry for early technological development, rehabilitation centers for applying newfound solutions and international academic partners for collaboration on new projects. Below is a sample of our collaboration partners, which gives an impression of the range of our collaboration practices.

      • Ajax Football Club;
      • Amsterdam Bone Centre;
      • Amsterdam Collaboration for Health and Safety in Sports (ACHSS);
      • Amsterdam Institute of Sport Science (AISS);
      • Amsterdam Spine Centre;
      • Boston Sports Medicine Group Harvard;
      • Hospital for Special Surgery New York,
      • Collaborations involving several EU consortia, such as PANINI on nutrition and mobility for the elderly and PreventIT on prevention of mobility loss;
      • Dutch Burns Center in Beverwijk;
      • Dutch Cerebral Palsy Expertise Center;
      • International Trauma Research Network;
      • Motek Medical;
      • Orthopedic Surgery University of Basel;
      • PSV Eindhoven;
      • Rehabilitation Centers: RC Reade, RC Heliomare, RC De Trappenberg and Merem Medische Revalidatie;
      • Reuma Nederland;
      • The International Olympic Committee (IOC);
      • Various Dutch national and international sports federations.


      Annual reports

      List of publications


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