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Jesper Knoop was born on 30 June 1982, in Hoorn (Netherlands). He studied Movement Sciences at the University of Groningen from 2000 until 2004. He also studied Physiotherapy at the Hanzehogeschool Groningen from 2005 until 2007. From 2007 until 2008 he worked as a project worker for the Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy (KNGF) in Amersfoort .

In december 2008, he started working as a PhD-student at Reade, centre for rehabilitation and rheumatology (formerly Jan van Breemen Institue)/ VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, on a randomised controlled trial study for the effectiveness of a new exercise therapy program for knee osteoarthritis patients (STABILO). This program is developed to improve knee joint stabilisation, and will be compared to a usual care exercise program. This PhD-project resulted in a thesis entitled 'Knee joint stability and exercise therapy in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee'.

Jesper Knoop finished his PhD in April 2014, after which he started working as a policy worker (science and guidelines) at the Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy (KNGF) in Amersfoort. From January 2016, he started combining this job with a post-doc research project at Reade/VU University Medical Center. In this project, physical therapists in primary care will use a treatment protocol (partly based on STABILO) in which new patients with knee OA will be allocated into 1 of the 4 (previously identified) subgroups and treated by a subgroup-specific exercise program. This project will be finished by the end of 2017.