Rutger Osterthun is a PRM physician and senior researcher in the field of spinal cord injury at the Rijndam Rehabilitation Center and the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine of the Erasmus Medical Center. After obtaining his PhD in 2018 on “Outcomes after spinal cord injury” he is responsible for the research line on spinal cord injury which focuses on improving mobility with innovative solutions to improve both daily functioning as well as health. He initiated several research projects, including evaluation of regional health care pathways, ambulatory behavior, gait diagnostics and development and evaluation of new technological devices to improve mobility. He obtained a position as fellow of the European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine in 2019. Since 2023, he is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine.