Professor Dick Thijssen
Professor of Cardiovascular Physiology and Exercise
My research is focused on exploring the relationship between physical (in)activity and the development of chronic diseases (e.g. cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity). More specifically, I strongly focus on examining changes in cardiovascular function and structure, which relate to the development of (co)morbidities. Using this knowledge, I aim to understand and optimise the effects of exercise training to prevent morbidity and mortality in various (pathology) groups by examining novel interventions, such as high-intensity exercise, and combining exercise with (local and systemic) heat exposure, ischemic preconditioning, or pharmacological treatment. I have profound expertise on the state-of-the-art invasive and non-invasive measurement of vascular function and structure in humans. I have written highly cited guidelines for the assessment of flow-mediated dilation and I am currently leading an international working group on reference values for flow-mediated dilation.
Scholarships and Prizes
- 2010: UK Sports Ideas4Innovation-award to study the impact of ischaemic preconditioning on physical performance in elite athletes
- 2010: Dr. E. Dekker-stipend to study the impact of moderate- and high-intensity exercise training on the role of endothelin-1 and nitric oxide in heart failure
- 2009: AERA-award to study the impact of exercise training on the role of endothelin-1 in type 2 diabetes
- 2009: Oded Bar-Or Award for International Scholars from the American College of Sports Medicine
- 2008: Young Physiologists Prize for oral presentation at the European College of Sports Science (Estoril, Portugal)
- 2007: Rubicon-grant to perform 2 years of research at the John Moores University Liverpool, United Kingdom
- 2004: Young Physiologists Prize for the best oral presentation at the annual Young Physiologists Day
- 2003: Annual faculty prize (Biomedical Health Sciences, Radboud University Nijmegen) for the best MSc-thesis.