Movement disorders have long been a focal point at UMC Groningen. In recent years, the Movement Disorders department evolved into an important national and European expertise centre.
We pay attention to the full breadth of the movement disorder spectrum and have expertise in hyperkinetic disorders such as dystonia, myoclonus, chorea and tics, hypokinetic disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, and ataxia. All facets of academic care are strongly represented in our group. By optimally benefiting from each other’s expertise, our team can make an important contribution to the three pillars of our work: care, research and education in the area of movement disorders.
The clinical care provided by the Movement Disorders group at the UMCG distinguishes itself by its multidisciplinary character – we often work in teams. Our team includes neurologists, but also people from other disciplines, such as neurosurgeons, a paediatrician specialised in metabolic diseases and nurse practitioners. Each team member has his or her own focus and role. In addition, we collaborate with the neurophysiology, rehabilitation medicine, clinical genetics and psychiatrics departments.
Principal investigators (PIs) lead specific parts of our research. Many PIs are also involved in patient care as clinicians. In addition, several PIs in our group come from other medical disciplines or laboratories, such as cell biology and genetics. This close collaboration leads to optimal use of our knowledge and expertise, an approach that extends beyond the walls of our hospital. We also collaborate nationally and internationally with specialised movement disorders research groups.