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Jacques VANDEN-ABEELE

Born in Ghent [Gent] (Belgium) in 1931.

ACADEMIC TRAINING

  • Undergraduate (BSc 1956) and graduate studies (MSc 1958) at the Faculty of Medicine, Higher Institute for Physical Education of the Universiteit Gent.
  • Summer Sessions at the German Sport University in Cologne (1953, 1957, 1962, 1963, 1964)
  • International course on Motor Skills at Loughborough College (UK) (1961),
  • Postgraduate studies at the Faculty of Physical Education and the Department of Psychology of the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada) (1964-1965).

 

PROFESSINAL CARREER

  • „Senior Staff member of the Department of Preparation of Elite Athletes, National Institute for Physical Education and Sports, Brussels, Belgium (1960-1964).
  • „Professor at the Department of Physical Education, McGill University, Montréal (1965-1966). 
  • „Professor at the Department of Physical Education, Faculty of Education and at the Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval (Québec City) (1966-1969)..
  • „Professor at the Department of Kinanthropology, Faculty of Physical and Sport Education of the Université de Sherbrooke.  Lecturer at the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Applied Sciences, and the Faculty of Education. Founder and Director of the Human Movement Behavior Laboratory,  Founder and Director of the Neuromotor Trai-ning Unit (1969-1995).
  • Corresponding Member of the Research Committee of the International Council for Sports and Physical Education of UNESCO.
  • Guest Professor in eight European universities (1979–1996, 2003, 2012).
  • Guest Professor in the European Master’s Degree in Adapted Physical Activity (EMDAPA) (1994, 1995, 1996, 2003).
  • Author and co-author of more than 200 scientific and technical publications.
  • Founding President of the Québec Federation of Leisure and Sports for the Handicapped (FLSHQ).

 

SINCE RETIREMENT IN 1995 :

  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Kinanthropology, Faculty of Physical and Sport Education (1996)
  • Director of Training Programs of Persons with Movement Difficulties, Research and Intervention Group in Adaptive Physical and Sport Education (1995-2011).  
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Faculty of Engineering (since 1997).
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine (2001-2005). 
  • Adjunct Researcher, Group “Intelligence of the Living,” Intelligent Materials and Systems Institute (IMSI).
  • „Adjunct Researcher, Computational Neuroscience Research Group, Faculty of Engineering (since 2002).
  • „Member of the Scientific Committee of Victhom Human Bionics:  development of the first intelligent motorized pros-thesis for transfemoral amputees.

 

LINGUISTIC COMPETENCIES:

  • Languages spoken, read and written:  Dutch, French, English, German.
  • Average competency:  Italian.
  • Reading only:  Spanish, Latin, Danish, Swedish, Afrikaans, Russian.

 

ARTISTIC ENDEAVOURS:

  • Flute.  Charcoal drawing.

 

MAJOR SPORTS ACHIEVEMENTS:

At the international level

  • Gold Medal, 400 m hurdles, Pan-American Championships for Veteran Athletes, 1984, Ottawa (Canada).
  • Bronze Medal, 4x400, relay, World Student Games, 1953, Dortmund (Germany).
  • Fifth, Pentathlon (Athletics), World Student Games, 1955, San Sebastian (Spain).
  • Semi-final, 400 m hurdles, World Student Games, 1957, Paris (France).
  • Gold medals at national level (Belgium, Canada) :
  • 3 times Canadian Champion in Veteran Athletics (200 m in 1981 and 1986; 400 m hurdles in 1986).
  • 6 times Belgian Champion in athletics: 400 m hurdles (1953), 200 m hurdles (1954), 4x100 m & 4x200m (1960, 1961).
  • 2 times Belgian Junior Champion in athletics: 200 m, 200 m hurdles (both in 1951).
  • 17 times Belgian University Champion in athletics:  400m hurdles, pentathlon, 4x400m, 110m hurdles.
  • 3 times Belgian University Champion in fencing:  épée, team event.
  • Belgian Military Champion in decathlon, 1959.
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