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Metabolic cost of walking

Stepping forward in understanding the Metabolic Cost of Human Walking

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Project "Metabolic cost of walking" data sheet

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Organization address
address: DE BOELELAAN 1105
postcode: 1081 HV

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 177˙598 €
 EC max contribution 177˙598 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-RI
 Starting year 2015
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2015-04-01   to  2017-03-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    STICHTING VU NL (AMSTERDAM) coordinator 177˙598.00


 Project objective

The mechanisms underlying metabolic cost of walking are unclear. This is important not only because they provide fundamental insight in human movement, but they are also essential to reduce increased cost of walking in the elderly and impaired. To understand these mechanisms, it is required to know the link between energetics at the human level and the energetics at the muscle level. Whereas the energetics at the human level is experimentally accessible, that at the muscle level is not. Current estimations greatly overestimate actual metabolic cost and hence there is no basis understanding metabolic cost of walking. In this project I will first ever directly measure oxygen consumption of dynamically contracting muscle fibres. These experiments will be conceptually linked to in vivo experiments measuring oxygen consumption during isolated movements as well as during walking. Using these data and state-of-the art optimization techniques applied to detailed neuro-musculoskeletal models I will link energetics at the muscle level to that of a walking human and provide insight in the mechanisms underlying the metabolic cost of walking. This grant would allow the applicant to return fully to a EU research environment and would have a very significant and direct impact on my career perspective.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Koen K. Lemaire, Richard T. Jaspers, Dinant A. Kistemaker, A. J. “Knoek” van Soest, Willem J. van der Laarse
Metabolic Cost of Activation and Mechanical Efficiency of Mouse Soleus Muscle Fiber Bundles During Repetitive Concentric and Eccentric Contractions
published pages: , ISSN: 1664-042X, DOI: 10.3389/fphys.2019.00760
Frontiers in Physiology 10 2019-09-04
2018 Herre Faber, Arthur J. van Soest, Dinant A. Kistemaker
Inverse dynamics of mechanical multibody systems: An improved algorithm that ensures consistency between kinematics and external forces
published pages: e0204575, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0204575
PLOS ONE 13/9 2019-09-04
2016 Jeremy D Wong, Maarten F Bobbert, Arthur J van Soest, Paul L Gribble, Dinant A Kistemaker
Optimizing the Distribution of Leg Muscles for Vertical Jumping
published pages: , ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI:
PloS one 2019-06-17
2017 van Soest, A. J., Kistemaker, D. A., Bobbert, M. F. & Lemaire, K. K.
The theory on ‘gravity-driven horizontal locomotion’ is flawed; a commentary on ‘Gravity-driven horizontal locomotion: theory and experiment’ by Kanstad & Kononoff (2015)
published pages: , ISSN: 1364-5021, DOI:
Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 2019-06-17
2016 Bobbert, M. F., Kistemaker, D. A., Vaz, M. A. & Ackermann, M
Searching for strategies to reduce the mechanical demands of the sit-to-stand task with a muscle-actuated optimal control model
published pages: , ISSN: 0268-0033, DOI:
Clinical Biomechanics 2019-06-17

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