Jose Manuel Cerdan de Las Heras

PhD Student

Jose  Cerdan
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PhD student; Cand IT E-Business; MsC + BsC Physiotherapy


Since Feb 2017 at Aarhus University Hospital (AUH), Aarhus, DK: PhD student. Researching the feasibility of telerehabilitation with a new platform (Virtual Autonomous Physiotherapist Agent, (VAPA))  for patients with chronic lung conditions as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and Pulmonary Sarcoidosis. Ponent in international and national European Respiratory Society congresses and preceptorships at AUH. Participating three times at the Medical Innovation Day (both in challenge and new ideas, winning the challenge in 2019)  and PhD day at AUH presenting a research poster. Mentor for graduate and master students from CBS and Metropol based on their subproject attached to my research field and entrepreneur adviser at VIA University College for graduate students regarding innovation and entrepreneurship. 

Since Apr  2016 at Physio R&D IVS, Frederiksberg, DK: CEO. Founder of the second version of, creating and merging the VAPA to the platform. Mentor and host for  different trainees from European Programs as Erasmus Entrepreneur Program, Faro Grants, Argo Grants, Erasmus program. Ad Hoc and problem solving for the team. Organizing and executing scrum and coordination meetings weekly. Keeping the company on track and within budget and schedule.

March 2015-July 2019 at EUROSTARS EUREKA: Main partner and coordinator of the European VAPA consortium. Created, fundraised, coordinated, executed and EUREKA reported the VAPA project. I have leadered a multinational consortium of SMEs and research institutes from France, Denmark and Finland. During the project, we faced many challenges that forced us to request for 3 change requests while maintaining the budget, excluding two partners, accepting a new one and extending the total project time from 24 to 35 months. The project has already obtained  success results showing scientific evidence based on superior adherence to exercise rehabilitation & better autonomic regulation in chronic patients and improved exercise capacity and enhanced activity parameters in quality of life in chronic patients when using the VAPA solution for at least three months. We expect several publications to be published in the coming years based on the research trials started within this project.

Jun 2010- Aug 2016 at Optimov ApS, Frederiksberg, DK: CEO. Cooperation, coordination and knowledge sharing; Creation of digital and educational content (video, 3D, presentations, articles, flyers); Creation, testing and deployment of a telecommunications rehabilitation platform first version; Convey practical IT support through courses at private clinics and universities; Create and monitor social media campaigns for B2B and B2C; Writing research protocols with physicians at a hospital where Optimov is included as a provider of tele rehab solution; Creating partnerships with potential sales channels; Fundraising (EURO STARS).

Jan-May 2013 physiotherapy and occupational therapy at Hvidovre Hospital, DK:Digitizing consultant and webmaster; Analysing IT-supported workflows; Cooperation, coordination and knowledge sharing with partners; Creator and implementation responsible of portal, a new IT solution for clinical information content curation; Developer of  multimedia content (video, presentations, articles, flyers) to feed the portal; Creation and monitoring social media campaigns; organization and execution of focus groups and scientific article writing based on patient's experience using the portal.

Oct 2011-2012  Telemedicine Research at Frederiksberg Hospital, DK: EPITAL Project manager on telemedicine treatment of subjects with COPD; Usability testing and implementation of digital solutions; Creation of teaching materials for digital solutions; Cooperation, coordination and dissemination of  knowledge among partners; Writing of a research protocol for tele-rehabilitation for individuals with COPD.

Since 2001, at Fysiolutions JC ApS (my holding enterprise), Falck Healthcare, ITK2, Wellbeing Center at Østervang, Training Brønshøj-Husum, Norwegian Assistance centre, Skogli Health and- rehab center, Gran Alacant clinic and Benisalud clinic, Högsbo SDF, Centre Européen de Rééducation Sportive (CERS), Tjörn Vardcentral and Reuma Sol Senter; SE, ES, NO, DK, FR: Physiotherapist: working primarily with the prevention and treatment of work and sports-related injuries, treatment of lifestyle diseases and rheumatism, rehabilitation and research on athletes after surgery of the anterior cruciate ligament, polyclinic rehabilitation of sick citizens and intensive rehabilitation of patients with rheumatism during short stays at Reuma Sol.


2017, Aarhus University DK: Start PhD course    in Telerehabilitation of chronic pulmonary diseases.                     

2009, I.T. University DK: MsC E-business, mediology, software development and technology.                         

2003, University of Gothenburg SE: MsC Physiotherapy, specialization in knee rehab & research.                                                                                                                                                             

2000 University of Gothenburg SE: BsC Physiotherapy with a specialization in physical therapy in cardiovascular, respiratory and musculoskeletal rehabilitation, neurological- psychosomatic rehabilitation and scientific research in physiotherapy.


2017-19: PhD courses at AUH: Qualitative data analysis; Responsible conduct of research; Critical reading of meta-analysis; Systematic Literature Search; Data-management & Stata; Basic Biostatistics; Basic Course in Written English;  Get ready to work with biostatistics; Improve your research project with entrepreneurial methods; Research presenter - Educational Informatics; NORDOC (How To Get Published; Fueling Science, EU applications; What happens to my manuscript)

2010 at, DK (12 weeks) Web programming and web design                                                        

2009 at, DK (6 weeks) 3D visualization and digital design                                                               

2004 at the University of Gothenburg, SE (6 weeks) Pain treatment with electro- and acupuncture 



Sept 28th 2019, ERS International Congress, Madrid, Spain. Poster,J. Cerdán de las Heras¹, O. Hilberg², A. Løkke², S. Ekholm³, F. Balbino¹, E Bendstrup¹. Tele-rehabilitation program in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis 

Poster, ERS 2018


Sept 18th 2018, ERS International Congress, Paris, France. Poster,Cerdán de las Heras J, Tulppo M,Kiviniemi A, Hilberg O,Løkke A, Ekholm S, Bendstrup E. Augmented reality glasses as a new tele-rehabilitation tool for home use: patients’ perception and expectations.

Poster, ERS 2018 


Apr 24th VITALIS, Gothenburg, Sweden Communication, Cerdán J. Future perspectives with VR / AR in health and education. 

Communication in PP: 



Oct 19-20th 2017, 3er Congreso Internacional de Comunicación en Salud, 3ICHC. Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, SpainAbstract, Cerdán J, Catalán Matamoros DJ; Warny S. Enhancing communication with patients suffering from chronic conditions through a web portal.

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Oct 21th 2016, I Congreso Internacional de Telemedicina e Investigación Sanitaria, Madrid, Spain Abstract and communication, Cerdán J. Telerehabilitation of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis with the use of Augmented Reality and Biometric Sensor Technology. 3 trials research plan.


Abstract: Published at Suplemento de la Revista Española de Comunicación en Salud. 2016, Suplemento. 112 – pg 16-17. 


Nov 27th 2015, Conferencia Internacional de Telemedicina y Sostenibilidad Sanitaria. Facultad de Ciencias de la Salud, Universidad de Almería and Oct 23th 2015 Carlos III University of Madrid, Spain; II International Conference On Health Communication: Better communication between healthcare professionals and their patients with the use of latest technologies. + Http://  + 

Oct 2013 and Nov 2014, the Health Sciences and Technology Faculty Metropolitan University College, Copenhagen;Workshops: Digitizing in health; Welfare technologies in physiotherapy; Welfare tool; Welfare tool; Your welfare idea in health.


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Sep 2019, first award at Medical Innovation Day Challenge Track AUH, Denmark

Jun 2009, first award at Venture Cup National Competition Copenhagen, Denmark

Nov 2008, second award at Venture Cup Regional Competition Copenhagen, Denmark


2018-19  Lungeforening, grant for international congress participation - 1.000 E

2017  EIT Health - Headstart - VAPA project   - 50.000 E

2016  Aarhus University Hospital - 1-year PhD scholarship - 58.000 E

2016  EUROSTARS, for VAPA European Consortium- 1.3 M E

2014  Nordea Iværksætterfond, loan -  40.000 E

2012  WTI Fond, convertible loan -  33.000 E

2011  Business Angel -  33.000 E

2009  Venture Cup, price- 33.000 E

2008  Venture Cup, price- 2.000 E


Research areas

  • Health and Illness > Rehabilitation > Rehabilitation tele-rehab remote rehabilitation virtual reality augmented reality empowerment self-management training Idiophatic pulmonary fibrosis IPF chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD Pulmonary Sarcoidosis myocardial infarction tele-rehabilitation telerehabilitation
  • Health and Illness > Rehabilitation > Lungs Idiophatic pulmonary fibrosis Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Pulmonary Sarcoidosis

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