Marike van der Leeden, PhD, is a research physiotherapist. Her focus has been on osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and oncology with an emphasis on exercise therapy as an intervention to improve physical function. She obtained several grants from NGO’s and professional associations. She is (co)author of 75 international peer-reviewed publications, and over 15 professional publications and book chapters. She was as a co-promotor involved in 4 successfully defended PhD theses, and is currently involved as a co-promotor in 4 PhD projects.