Dr. S.J. van Netten

Main activities
Research, Teaching
Rehabilitation; Human Movement Science; Diabetic Foot Disease
Focus of research

Dr. Jaap van Netten is a human movement scientist from the Netherlands, specialized in clinical research on lower-extremity disorders. His research is focused on the prevention of lower-extremity complications in people with diabetes, such as foot ulcers and amputations, by developing and improving technological, biomechanical and behavioural interventions.  

Van Netten obtained his PhD in the field of rehabilitation medicine (University Medical Center Groningen, NL). He moved to the diabetic foot centre of expertise of Hospital Group Twente (Almelo and Hengelo, NL), first as postdoc and then as senior researcher. Early 2016, hemoved to Australia, being appointed senior research fellow at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), and scientific director of Diabetic Foot Australia.

In 2017, he moved back to the Northern Hemisphere, although he remains connected as adjunct Associate Professor at QUT. Van Netten now works as senior researcher at the Department of Rehabilitation, Academic Medical Center, in Amsterdam.

In addition, he is the youngest-ever member of the editorial board of the International Working Group on the Diabetic Foot (IWGDF). This organisation is responsible for developing international evidence-based guidance on the prevention and management of foot problems in diabetes. Van Netten is secretary of the editorial board and the prevention working group.


Key publications
  • van Netten JJ, Price PE, Lavery LA, Monteiro-Soares M, Rasmussen A, Jubiz Y, Bus SA, Prevention of foot ulcers in the at-risk patient with diabetes: a systematic review. DIABETES-METAB RES 2016;32 (Suppl. 1):84-98 [PubMed]
  • Bakker K, Apelqvist J, Lipsky BA, van Netten JJ, The 2015 IWGDF guidance documents on prevention and management of foot problems in diabetes: development of an evidence-based global consensus. DIABETES-METAB RES 2016;32 (Suppl. 1):2-6 [PubMed]
  • Bus SA, van Netten JJ, Lavery LA, Monteiro-Soares M, Rasmussen A, Jubiz Y, Price PE, IWGDF guidance on the prevention of foot ulcers in at-risk patients with diabetes. DIABETES-METAB RES 2016;32 (Suppl. 1):16-24 [PubMed]
  • van Netten JJ, Lazzarini PA, Armstrong DG, Bus SA, Fitridge R, Harding K, Kinnear E, Malone M, Menz HB, Perrin BM, Postema K, Prentice J, Schott KH, Wraight PR, Diabetic Foot Australia guideline on footwear for people with diabetes. J FOOT ANKLE RES 2018;11:2 [PubMed]
  • Schaper NC, van Netten JJ, Apelqvist J, Lipsky BA, Bakker K, Prevention and management of foot problems in diabetes: A Summary Guidance for Daily Practice 2015, based on the IWGDF guidance documents. DIABETES RES CLIN PR 2017;124:84-92 [PubMed]
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Curriculum Vitae

2017-now: Academic Medical Centre (AMC), Department of Rehabilitation; senior researcher (60%)

2017-now: Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia; Adjunct Associate Professor

2018-now: Ziekenhuisgroep Twente (ZGT), Almelo, the Netherlands; senior researcher (20%)

2016-2017: QUT; senior research fellow

2016-2017: Diabetic Foot Australia; scientific director

2012-2016: ZGT; senior researcher (50%)

2012-2016: ZGT; scientific director (50%)

2011-2012: ZGT; postdoc

2008-2010; University Medical Center Groningen, Department of Rehabilitation; PhD student

2002-2008: University of Groningen, Human Movement Sciences; student


Research programmes

Dr. S.A. Bus (Lower-extremity biomechanics and injury prevention in health and disease)