Lieven Danneels is currently a full professor at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy, Faculty of Medicine and Rehabilitation Sciences (University of Ghent, Belgium). He is head of the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy research unit, specifically of the spine section. He has authored more than 80 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, many national publications and several book chapters. He has participated in several national and international projects. He has also been awarded around 20 national and international research fund scholarships.
In 2000, he was awarded the Clinical Science Award 2000 by EUROSPINE. In 2002 he won the Award of l'Academie Européenne de Médecine Rehabilitation 2002, and in 2011 his work in collaboration with Paul Hodges (University of Queensland) was awarded the ISSLS Award from the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine. The ISSLS is a first-rate international prize for back pain research.
Lieven Dannels also directs the Institute of Postgraduate Activities in Physiotherapy (IPVK) at the University of Ghent and is director of Postgraduate Training In Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at the same university. He is also president of the Belgian Back Society.
In addition, he is a Member of the Advisory Editorial Board of the “Manual Therapy journal and reviewer for different international journals.