Nele Adriaenssens

“The combination of scientific research, clinical practice and educational activities in the domain of lymphology, together with my passion for the topic, create a complete and exciting context to develop my expertise. The unique opportunity of a multidisciplinary approach for (lymph)edema in our European Center is the dream of every physical therapist, specialized in edemas.”


  • Physical Therapist, graduated in 2008 at Vrije Universiteit Brussel;
  • Doctoral Thesis (PhD) in ‘cancer treatment complications’ and more specifically ‘lymphology’ in 2012 at Vrije Universiteit Brussel;
  • Professor in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physical Therapy dd. October 2012 at Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

Clinical activities:

  • July 2008: physical therapist of the Breast Clinic of the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel, specialized in neuro-musculo-skeletal complications and lymphatic disorders following (breast) cancer treatment;
  • January 2012: physical therapist of the multidisciplinary edema team with the Plastic Surgery Department of the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel;
  • December 2013: coordinator of the oncologic rehabilitation program at the Cancer Center Brussels of the Universitair Ziekenhuis Brussel.

Scientific activities dd. 2008:

  • Giving lectures at and attending (inter)national congresses;
  • Publication of scientific manuscripts in (inter)national journals;
  • Reviewing manuscripts for (inter)national journals;
  • Contributing in scientific commissions and expert groups;
  • Promoting master thesis students and doctorandi at Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Universiteit Antwerpen.

Educational activities dd. 2012:

  • (inter)university courses for Rehabilitation Sciences and Physical Therapy students, concerning vascular pathology, lymphology and oncology;
  • President of a postgraduate and a summerschool in vascular/lymphatic physical therapy and oncology (;