Jaap van Netten, PhD, is a human movement scientist from the Netherlands, specialized in clinical research on foot disease. His research focus is on the interplay between biomechanics and behaviour in the prevention of foot ulcers and amputation. This includes real-life and laboratory gait and activity analyses, communication strategies, footwear optimization and e-health solutions for disease detection and behaviour changes.
Van Netten has research and clinical experience from academic and non-academic research settings in the Netherlands and Australia. He works as senior researcher and academic clinician at Amsterdam UMC, the Netherlands, and has a position as adjunct associate professor at QUT, Brisbane, Australia. As senior researcher at Amsterdam UMC, he coordinates, supervises and performs numerous research projects on diabetic foot disease. Clinically, he works as a human movement scientist in the gait lab, measuring and analysing plantar pressure, physical activity and adherence in patients who visit the multidisciplinary diabetic foot clinic at the centre.
He also serves as scientific secretary of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF) editorial board and prevention working group, responsible for the international guidelines on diabetic foot disease.