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CMAT offers at this moment 7 courses in the three languages (Dutch - English - French):


CMAT builds these courses on four pillars: keeping attention,  content match to the understanding of the learner, promotion of learner interaction, making the learning interested. To make this happen CMAT uses a good instructural design, which means that activities, exercises, and content that are assigned engage your attention, either by keeping you on your toes or by motivating you to study beyond what was covered. CMAT trims and divides course material always in small learning focuses, with each chunk discussing a core topic, and requiring the correct amount of study time.  Through Interaction, pair and group work CMAT maximises the opportunities to practise. CMAT motivates to study beyond the material assigned, and frankly, there's no other measure of real interest than this. If you find that you're always excited about the next learning topic, then it's clear for us that we did our job. For more information and prices call us on 00 32(0)477573577 or email us: jo.vanvaerenbergh@cmat.be

Jo Van Vaerenbergh obtained his master in rehabilitation in 1985 (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven). Shortly after, he specialized in cardiovascular rehabilitation and  started to work in the field of neuro-rehabilitation. He studied the effect of special postures and electrical stimulation on spasticity in tetra and paraplegic patients and tried to objectify the effect by measuring H reflexes, H/T , H/M ratio’s and H reflex recovery curves. He developed special closed loop muscle chain approaches for tetraplegics  to increase force and functional performance. In the same period he collaborated with the service of thoracic medicine of the Erasmus Hospital in Brussels to investigate the effect of pectoralis muscle training on the pulmonary function in tetraplegic patients. After this period he focused on falls in the elderly and studied the problem from different perspectives.  Very recently he prepared a prototype for fall risk detection on the basis of stride variability and developed some new types of exercises to reduce the risk.

Already in 1986 he had contact with  JS Petrofsky of the Loma Linda University, California, USA and the FES group of Ljubljana. In 2000 he went to the University of Southampton and to Salisbury to study FES. In the same period he was appointed by the University of Leuven to work on visuomotor modelling and received a grant to stay at the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) to study forward and inverse modelling in rehabilitation robots.  In 2004 he received a grant from the Arteveldehogeschool (association Gent University) to study the impact of FES on the elastic properties of the foot roll. In the same year he became project coordinator for University Ghent (FP6 ALLADIN project on stroke rehabilitation. In 2008 he left the University Ghent and started to work for the department of neuro-physiology of the University of Leuven.  During that time he developed skills in the domain of brain computer interface. In 2009  he received a degree in QEEG and event related potentials and in 2010 he specialized in non invasive neuro-modulation therapy. In 2011 he founded his own research and treatment institute within CMAT, with the help of his father, who suffered himself from Parkinson disease