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Joren Buekers

Joren Buekers

Postdoctoral Researcher Non-communicable Diseases and Environment

Joren Buekers pursued a PhD in Bioscience Engineering at the University of Leuven (Belgium), which focused on time series analyses of physiological variables in two main application areas: wearable devices and exercise physiology.

His following project, based on an European Respiratory Society (ERS) Long-Term Research Fellowship, combined these two application areas by translating heart rate data collected with wearable devices into interpretable and clinically relevant biomarkers.

Currently, he employs digital health methodologies to improve our understanding of mobility impairment during activities of daily living in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

He is passionate about bridging the gap between medicine and engineering, with a special fondness for digital health, wearable devices and time series analyses in the field of respiratory medicine.

Lines of research

  • Digital health
  • Wearable devices
  • Physical activity and mobility
  • Exercise physiology
  • Time series analyses

Main publications

  • Buekers et al. (2020). Physiological Changes Differ between Responders and Nonresponders to Pulmonary Rehabilitation in COPD. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, (Ahead of Print). doi: 10.1249/MSS.0000000000002578.
  • Buekers et al. (2020). Kinetic analyses as a tool to examine physiological exercise responses in a large sample of patients with COPD. Journal of Applied Physiology, 128 (4). doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00851.2019.
  • Buekers et al. (2019). Box-Jenkins Transfer Function Modelling for Reliable Determination of VO2 Kinetics in Patients with COPD. Applied sciences – Basel, 9 (9). doi: 10.3390/app9091822.
  • Buekers et al. (2019). Wearable Finger Pulse Oximetry for Continuous Oxygen Saturation Measurements During Daily Home Routines of Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Over One Week: Observational Study. JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 7 (6). doi: 10.2196/12866.
  • Buekers et al. (2018). Oxygen saturation measurements in telemonitoring of patients with COPD: a systematic review. Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine, 12 (2). doi: 10.1080/17476348.2018.1417842.