Chronic Pain Congress 2022

Jo Nijs

Jo Nijs holds a PhD in rehabilitation science and physiotherapy. He is professor at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium), physiotherapist/manual therapist at the University Hospital Brussels, holder of a Chair on oncological physiotherapy funded by the Berekuyl Academy, the Netherlands, and Visiting Professor at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden). Jo runs the Pain in Motion international and interdisciplinary research group (

The primary aim of his research is improving care for patients with chronic pain. At the age of 46, he has (co-)authored 293 peer reviewed publications (including papers in high impact journals such as The Lancet, JAMA Neurology and The Lancet Rheumatology), obtained €12 million grant income, supervised 23 PhD’s to completion and served >300 times as an invited speaker at meetings in 25 countries (including 37 keynotes). He trained >3k clinicians in 101 courses held in 12 countries spread over 4 continents. His work has been cited 10k times (h-index: 56), with 26 citations per article (ISI Web of Knowledge). Jo is ranked 2nd in the world among chronic pain researchers (1st in Europe;, received the 2017 Excellence in Research Award from the JOSPT (USA), and the 2020 Francqui Collen Chair awarded by the University of Hasselt, Belgium.



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