Afbeelding voor Royal honors for Marten Munneke and Bas Bloem

Royal honors for Marten Munneke and Bas Bloem

On Saturday, April 13, 2024 ParkinsonNet founders Marten Munneke and Bas Bloem received a royal award from Minister of Medical Care Pia Dijkstra. The ceremony took place during the annual World Parkinson’s Day 2024 Symposium, organized by the Parkinson’s Association in Nieuwegein. Marten Munneke was appointed Officer in the Order of Oranje-Nassau and Bas Bloem was appointed Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion.

Bas Bloem and Marten Munneke are the inventors, founders and architects of ParkinsonNet, a national network of more than 4,000 care providers who specialize in the treatment and support of people with Parkinson’s disease or a form of parkinsonism. Together, Bloem and Munneke and the network are committed to continuously improving care for people with this disease. Sport, healthy lifestyle and multidisciplinary care, among other things, play an important role in this. This innovative care model received the Value Based Healthcare Prize in 2015 and is now being implemented in several countries. ParkinsonNet, which was founded in 2004 and thus celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, is regarded worldwide as a model for the treatment of people with chronic disease, with the aim of improving quality of life and reducing healthcare costs.

Marten Munneke

Marten Munneke was trained as a physical therapist, exercise scientist and epidemiologist. In 2002 he was appointed associate professor in the Departments of Neurology and Rehabilitation & Paramedic Care at Radboudumc. In 2009, he was appointed associate professor. His main areas of interest are evidence-based practice of paramedical health care in Parkinson’s disease, quality and innovation of multidisciplinary care, and physical activity and exercise in Parkinson’s disease and their loved ones. Munneke is director and board member of ParkinsonNet. In that role, his greatest mission is to make a positive impact on the lives of people with Parkinson’s disease, ParkinsonNet caregivers and the people who passionately work at ParkinsonNet every day.

Bas Bloem

Neurologist Bas Bloem is Professor of Neurological Movement Disorders at the Radboudumc. He is a world-renowned expert on Parkinson’s disease. Thanks to Bloem’s efforts, the brain disorder has been on the scientific and societal agenda for decades. Bloem is constantly looking for new ways to slow and prevent parkinson’s, and to keep the quality of life of people with parkinson’s and their loved ones as high as possible for as long as possible. In 2022, he received the NWO Stevin Prize for the societal impact of his parkinson’s research. In 2023, he organized the Parkinson Weekend in Nijmegen, an event where thousands of people with parkinson’s, their loved ones and other interested parties came together. His goal is to organize the care for people with parkinson’s the way you yourself would want to be guided, person-centered.

About the royal honors

The awarded Orde van Oranje-Nassau received by Marten Munneke is given to someone who has rendered personal service to society, the State or the Royal House for a long period of time.

For the Order of the Dutch Lion, which Bas Bloem receives, a person qualifies if they have made an achievement of a very exceptional nature for society.