Hans Hobbelen (PhD, PT) started his career in 1988 as a physiotherapist in nursing home De Weerde in Eindhoven and worked here for 22 years. In 2001 he obtained his master's degree in movement sciences and in 2010 he obtained his PhD on the subject of paratonia. This made him a leading scientist in the field of paratonia and movement disorders in dementia. Since 2012 he has been a lecturer in Ageing and Paramedical Care at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen. Besides movement disorders in dementia, his main area of interest is frailty, in particular the multi-dimensionality of frailty. Within the SIA-SPRONG project FAITH research, he is work package leader of the Database work package, which is working on a research data infrastructure for scientific research in the field of vulnerability.
Hans is also a member of the scientific college of physiotherapy of the Royal Dutch Society of Physiotherapy (WCF, KNGF), a member of the Clinical Consortium on Healthy Ageing of the World Health Organization (WHO) and, since May 2019, chairman of The International association of Physiotherapists working with Older People (IPTOP, official subgroup of World Physiotherapy).