FIRRI symposium 2024

Theme: “May the power be with them: empowering patients before, during and after rehabilitation!”

When: Friday, April 26, 2024

Where: REVAL Research Centre, Campus Diepenbeek – Hasselt University, Wetenschapspark 7

–> Register by April 18th


9.20-10.20: Coffee and registration 

10.20-10.30: Welcome & introduction

10.30-11.20: Keynote: Prof. dr. Edgard Eeckman – chair vzw Patient Empowerment Belgium: Patient empowerment, lever of patient engagement

11.20-11.35: Short break 

Oral presentations part 1:

11.35-11.50: Manon Kinaupenne – UGhent: Active parent, active youth: exploring theassociation between parent and child physical activity in Youth with Cystic Fibrosis

11.50-12.05: Alexis Gillet – ULB: Effects of 3/7 vs 3X9 resistance training method combined with endurance exercise in patients with chronic coronary syndrome and heart failure: a randomized clinical trial

12.05-12.20: Dries Cops – UHasselt: Supramaximal high-intensity interval training in persons with COPD: superior for cognitive health? Protocol for a randomized controlled trial.

12.20-13.00: Lunch

13.00-14.00: Poster presentations 

Oral presentations part 2:

14.00-14.15: Dr. Simon Helleputte – UGhent: Physical activity and sedentary behaviour in relation to body composition, estimated insulin sensitivity and arterial stiffness in adults with type 1 diabetes

14.15-14.30: Sarah Haesevoets – UHasselt: The impact of lung resection surgery, with or without (neo-)adjuvant therapy, on physical functioning in patients with lung cancer – a scoping review

14.30-14.45: Paulien Mellaerts – KU Leuven: The one-minute sit-to-stand test to measure functional exercise performance in patients with COPD following pulmonary rehabilitation

14.45-15.00: Short break 

15.00-15.50: Keynote: Prof. dr. Katrien De Cocker – UGhent: The role of healthcare professionals in enhancing patients’ motivation: How can theory and empirical evidence inform our practice?

15.50-16.05: Closing & award session 

Keynote speakers:

Prof. dr. Edgard Eeckman is chairman of VZW Patient Empowerment and was communication manager of University Hospital Brussels for 16 years. He studied communication sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) and has doctoral degree in media and communication studies. He is guest professor at among others Erasmushogeschool Brussels, Antwerp University and VUB in relation to education about Patient Empowerment, and he has published multiple books about the topic of communication, communication in health care and patient empowerment. More info can be found on Edgard also likes to be creative:

Prof. dr. Katrien De Cocker is appointed as a lecturer at the Department of Movement and Sports Sciences (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences) at Ghent University. Within the Sports Pedagogy research group, she takes the lead in the ‘education’ and ‘health’-related topics. Given her expertise in developing and evaluating (tailored digital) interventions, she mainly conducts intervention research. Building on Self-Determination Theory, she aims to develop interventions that optimize the (de)motivating styles of (physical education) teachers and healthcare professionals and evaluate whether this positively influences the physical and mental health of students and patients.


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