Prof. Thierry Troosters studied physiotherapy and rehabilitation sciences at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven where he also conducted his PhD work, guided by Professor Marc Decramer and Professor Rik Gosselink. A one-year post-doctoral stay at the Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, funded through a long-term fellowship of the European Respiratory Society, further guided his research career.
Along with the Respiratory Division at the University Hospitals in Leuven, he investigates the devastating non-respiratory consequences lung diseases, often induced by physical inactivity or exacerbations of COPD. With his group he is also looking at optimizing exercise training strategies for patients with lung disease as well as strategies to enhance physical activity.
With their laboratory they pioneered on investigating the impact of physical inactivity patients with COPD and other respiratory conditions including cystic fibrosis and lung transplantation. They showed that patients with COPD become inactive already early in the disease even before the diagnosis of COPD is established. Prof. Troosters led the IMI-JU consortium PROactive to develop a sensitive Patient Reported Outcome tool to assess the dimensions of physical activity relevant to patients with COPD: PROactive. The tools developed by the consortium are now approved for use in medicinal studies by EMA. Prof. Troosters received the honour of becoming a Fellow of the European Respiratory Society in 2014. He published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers (ISI H-index 60) and several book chapters. He co-edited the ‘text book on pulmonary rehabilitation” with his colleagues E. Clini, A. Holland and F. Pitta. Since 2008 Prof. Troosters has been appointed as a professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Leuven, Belgium, where he leads the Cardiovascular and Respiratory Rehabilitation research group. He is currently president of the European Respiratory Society.