Imke van Maren-Suir

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Function: teacher-researcher, Researcher
Research Group: Lifestyle and Health


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Drs. Imke van Maren-Suir graduated as a Movement Scientist at the University of Groningen. Subsequently, she studied Pediatric Physiotherapy and developed herself as a pediatric physiotherapist in both primary care and rehabilitation.

Because of the combination of being a movement scientist and pediatric physiotherapist she became a junior researcher in the GODIVA-project in 2014. This project is an acronym for Gross Motor Development or Infants using home-Video registration with the Alberta Infant Motor Scale. The GODVIA-project focuses on young infants’ gross motor development.

In 2016, Imke received a lecturer's grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO). This gives her the opportunity to complete her PhD trajectory in 5 years. The title of her research  is GODIVA-PIT. PIT stands for Prematures in Time. There are three major topics within this research-project, namely to gain insight into what is known in literature about factors that influence gross motor development in infants with a systematic review. Secondly, a cross-cultural validation study of the original Canadian norm values on the AIMS instrument within Dutch infants. And lastly, a longitudinal study about gross motor development of preterm infants from birth until independent walking.

In addition to her research, Imke has been working since 2014 as a lecturer in the Minor Child and Motor Development and the Minor Child in Motion. This is a minor that learns about both motor and social emotional development of children from 0 to 12 years. She also teaches at the OZA-course (Development-oriented research with the AIMS). With her teaching, she is able to disseminate the most up-to-date knowledge obtained from the research to the students.

With the combination of doing research and teaching, Imke is enabled to involve students in her research. Both Master students and Bachelor students are able to do their thesis within the research. In addition, it is possible for students to do a Honors program within the research.


van Maren-Suir I, Ketelaar M, Brouns B, Van der Sanden K, Verhoef M. There is no place like @home!: The value of home consultations in paediatric rehabilitation. Child Care Health Dev. 2018 Jul;44(4):623-629.

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