Jens Bo Nielsen is Professor of Human Motor Control at the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences and the Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
After gaining his medical degree and PhD from the University of Copenhagen, Professor Nielsen became Professor and Head of the Physiology Institute at the University of Kiel, Germany. He returned to the University of Copenhagen in 2000, where he has been Professor at the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences since 2003, and has been associated with the Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology since its creation in 2006.
Professor Nielsen has been conducting research in how the nervous system control movement in health and disease for the past 20 years. His research career covers work at the cellular and integrative level in animal models, healthy human subjects and neurological patients, and has led to many national and international collaborations. His main research interests and contributions are in motor control, covering topics such as the central control of gait, motor learning and neuroplasticity, voluntary and involuntary contributions to movement, perception of movement and intentionality.
His clinical work has mainly related to the pathophysiology of spasticity and neurohrehabilitation. He has had a collaboration during the past 4 years with the Helene Elsass center with the aim of developing new health technologies and interventions. This collaboration has led to the establishment of 3 health technological companies. One of these is MiTii development which in collaboration with Microsoft, produces a home-based, supervised, interactive training system delivered through the internet. Professor Nielsen has authored or co-authored 144 papers in international peer-reviewed journals, as well as numerous book chapters, meeting abstracts, medical student textbooks and public science books.