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Peter Poortvliet

Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Neuroscience, The University of Queensland

Peter has a background in Human Movement Sciences completed at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam the Netherlands. Following completion of his master’s he worked as a project manager for a non-profit organization where he established a sports centre focused on social and physical activation of special needs and minority groups (e.g., people with drug and alcohol addiction, mental and/or physical disabilities and/or people receiving social welfare).

He has also worked as an educational advisor for the Netherlands School of Public and Occupational Health tasked with the development of professional training courses for continuing professional development undertaken by health practitioners to improve their clinical and scientific effectiveness.

Peter completed a PhD in Neuroscience with Prof Paul Hodges at the UQ School for Health and Rehabilitation Sciences in 2013 where he investigated the effects of acute pain on postural motor control. He is currently employed as a postdoctoral research fellow for the Asia-Pacific Centre for Neuromodulation at the Centre for Clinical Research and the Centre for Sensorimotor Performance at the School of Human Movement Studies investigating direct and long-term effects of deep brain stimulation on motor and non-motor symptoms of patients with neurological disorders.


  • –present
    Post-doctoral Research Fellow in Neuroscience, The University of Queensland


  • 2013 
    School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Doctor of philosophy
  • 2006 
    School of Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, Master's degree


  • 2015
    Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson’s disease in Australia: current scientific and clinical perspectives., Internal Medicine Journal
  • 2014
    Experimental pain has a greater effect on single motor unit discharge during force-control than position-control tasks, Clinical Neurophysiology
  • 2012
    Changes in constraint of proximal segments effects time to task failure and activity of proximal muscles in knee position-control tasks. , Clinical Neurophysiology
  • 2007
    Effects of a healthy meal course on spontaneous energy intake, satiety and palatability., British Journal of Nutrition