Academy symposium

Fatigue in chronic diseases

29 November 2016 from 10:00 to 16:30 hrs
Trippenhuis Building, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam
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This symposium will bring together world experts on the topic of fatigue in patients with chronic non-communicable diseases such as respiratory, cardiovascular and oncological disorders. 

It aims to advance ideas for best practices in the laboratory and clinic for tackling the origins and management of this very common and overlapping symptom in many chronic diseases, which affects patients’ quality of life and impacts their participation in society and work.


  • Dirkje Postma, Professor of Pathophysiology of Respiration, University Medical Centre Groningen – Welcome and introduction
  • Betty Frankemölle, Lung Foundation Netherlands – Fatigue in chronic diseases: a patient’s experience
  • Andrea Evers, Professor of Health Psychology, Head Unit Health, Medical and Neuropsychology, Leiden University – Fatigue: Relevance of self-management and communication
  • Jan Vercoulen, Senior Researcher, clinical psychologist, health psychologist, Radboud Expert Centre for Psychology & Medicine, Radboud University Medical Centre, Nijmegen – Fatigue: Measuring and consequences in COPD
  • Nina Kupper, Associate Professor Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Medical and Clinical Psychology, Tilburg University – Fatigue: Measuring and consequences in cardiovascular disease 
  • Thys van der Molen, Professor of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine, University Medical Center Groningen – How is fatigue related to other symptoms and comorbidities?
  • Y.S. Prakash, MD, PhD, Professor of Anesthesiology and Physiology, Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, USA – Role of the Brain-Lung Axis in fatigue
  • Carin van der Rijt, Professor of Palliative Oncological Care, Erasmus University Medical Center – Fatigue and markers of inflammation: Lessons from oncology
  • Jos van der Meer, Professor and chairman of the Department of Internal Medicine at Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen – Chronic fatigue syndrome, lessons for fatigue in chronic diseases

Panel discussion

The panel discussion will be moderated by:

  • Niels Chavannes, Professor of Primary Care Medicine, Strategic Chair of eHealth Applications in Disease Management, Head of Research at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Leiden University Medical Center
  • Annemie Schols, Professor of Nutrition and Metabolism in Chronic Disease, Department of Pulmonology, Maastricht UMC+


You are most welcome to attend the symposium. Participation is free, but registration is required. You can register by submitting the online form.