Nijs, Jo





Jo Nijs holds a PhD in rehabilitation science and physiotherapy and master of sciences degrees in physiotherapy / rehabilitations sciences as well as manual therapy. He is associate professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium), physiotherapist/manual therapist at the University Hospital Brussels, and holder of the Chair 'Exercise immunology and chronic fatigue in health and disease' funded by the European College for Decongestive Lymphatic Therapy. He runs the Pain in Motion research group ( and a physiotherapy-based treatment program for patients with chronic pain in the University Hospital Brussels. His research and clinical interests are patients with chronic 'unexplained' pain / fatigue and pain-movement interactions, with special emphasis on the central nervous system. The primary aim of his research is improving care (i.e. physiotherapy) for patients with chronic pain. He has (co-)authored more than 150 peer reviewed publications, has obtained over € 3.3 million of grant income, and served more than 100 times as an invited speaker at national and international meetings. His work has been cited >1000 times (h-index: 18; ISI Web of Knowledge). He supervised 5 completed PhD's (all physical therapists obtaining a PhD degree).