Saturday 2nd April 2022
Location: KULeuven – campus Gasthuisberg


8:45 – 9:30       Registration & coffee

9:30 – 9:40       Welcome & introduction

9:40 – 10:30
Keynote: Prof. dr. Marieke De Craemer (UGhent)

Move, sit, sleep: the co-dependence of time spent in different behaviors across the day

10:30 – 10:40       Short break

10:40 – 11:25       Selected oral presentations

11:25 – 13:00       Poster session & lunch break

13:00 – 13:45       Selected oral presentations  

13:45 – 13:55       Short break

13:55 – 14:45
Keynote: Prof. dr. Olivier Bruyère (ULiège)

Malnutrition and sarcopenia as prevention targets in older adults

14:45 – 15:00       Closing & award session


Prof. dr. Marieke De Craemer

Prof. Dr. Marieke Decraemer has obtained her Master in Physical Education and Movement Sciences (2009) and PhD in Physical Education (2014) at Ghent University (Belgium). Currently, she is an assistant professor, FWO senior postdoctoral researcher and the head of the research group “24-hour movement behaviors in clinical populations” (MOVEUP24).

Between 2010 and September 2019, her research focused on healthy populations. Now, this has shifted to the promotion of 24-hour movement behaviors (i.e., physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep) in clinical populations (e.g., type 2 diabetes mellitus patients, children with overweight or obesity). This includes research on determinants of physical activity, sedentary behavior and sleep in these populations, and on developing and evaluating interventions in this target group. Research designs include validation and reliability studies (especially on objective measurement devices for the 24-hour composition), surveys on 24-hour movement behaviors and their determinants, quasi-experimental designs and randomized controlled trials to test intervention effects. The main research line focuses on all aspects of 24-hour movement behaviors including measurement, determinants and interventions

Most important/relevant publications related to her key-note lecture:

Prof. dr. Olivier Bruyère

Olivier Bruyère, Ph.D., is currently Professor of Clinical Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences and of Geriatric Rehabilitation in the Department of Rehabilitation and Sport Sciences of the University of Liège in Belgium. He is head of the Research Unit in Public Health, Epidemiology and Health Economics in this University. Professor Bruyère is the Chief Executive Officer of the European Society on Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO), President of the Belgian Ageing Muscle Society (BAMS), General Secretary of the Belgian Bone Club (BBC) and member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF). He was the Vice-President of the Human Nutrition working group at the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES). His main fields of interest are prevention, rehabilitation, nutrition and pharmaco-epidemiology related to geriatric or rheumatic conditions. Besides being Editor-in-chief of the journal “The Archives of Public Health”, he is Associate Editor of “Aging Clinical and Experimental Research” as well as on the editorial board of various journals. He is author of more than 400 international scientific publications and book chapters.

Most important/relevant publications related to his key-note lecture:

 Selected oral lectures and poster session


NameTitel of presentation
Kirsten QuadfliegPhysical activity after a severe acute exacerbation of COPD
Anne AsnongInfluence of type of reconstruction and bowel complaints on physical 
activity levels after total mesorectal excision for rectal cancer
Ine NiesteReplacing sedentary time with self-perceived light-intensity physical activity throughout the day improves cardiometabolic health to the same extent as 1 bout of vigorous-intensity exercise in Multiple Sclerosis: a proof-of-concept study


NameTitel of presentation
Marieke Wuyts & Fien HermansDevelopment and feasibility of an exercise training program in primary care for patients with COPD experiencing an acute exacerbation
Simon HelleputtePredictors of Arterial Stiffness in Patients with Type 1 Diabetes: Importance of Long-term Glycaemic Control and Physical Activity
Marine Van HollebekeComparing two types of loading during inspiratory muscle training in 
patients with weaning difficulties

Abstracts not selected for oral presentation will be presented during a poster session. An award for the best poster and for best oral presentation will be awarded at the end of the symposium.


Registration fee for academics: free
Registration fee for non-academics: € 30
Registration fee bachelor/master students: free

Deadline for registration: 24th March 2022 (23h59)