Joukje van der Naalt is working at the Department of Neurology, University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. Her scientific and clinical expertise concerns the field of neurotraumatology. She has contributed to several Multidisciplinary Guidelines on Management of TBI, and has organized focused work shops on acute care and neurotraumatology. For patient care, she contributed to the development of a Standard of Care for traumatic brain injury as member of the steering committee of the Dutch Brain Foundation. She initiated and chairs a multidisciplinary care network for TBI professionals in the Northern Netherlands.
Main focus of research is the determination of early predictors for long term outcome after TBI, in particular frontal dysfunction and behaviour. Another area of interest is the detection of cerebral dysfunction with innovative imaging techniques (perfusion-CT, (functional) MRI. She is involved in several (inter)national research projects in the field of neurotraumatology and various peer-reviewed journal papers have been published on this subject. Currently she is program leader of a national multi-center follow-study of patients with mild TBI in the Netherlands (UPFRONT-study). As a member of the scientific committee of the IBIA she is involved in the planning of the 12th World Congress on Brain Injury in 2017.