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Dr. Jaap Swanenburg, PhD

Jaap Swanenburg, PhD
Clinical position
Senior Researcher
Research chiropractic

Honors and awards

  • 2010 Research Award of the Swiss Physiotherapy Society (CHF 2000.-) for the thesis “Maintaining Balance in Elderly Fallers


  • European Space Agency (ESA) access to ESA Parabolic Flight Campaign (CHF n/a): “The effect of changing gravity on spinal stiffness”
  • PRODEX (Foundation of the European Space Agency) (CHF 200’000.-): “The effect of changing gravity on spinal stiffness”
  • Swiss Space Office, State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) CHF 28’000): Change of spinal stiffness in upright and prone position during microgravity induced by parabolic flights”
  • Medical Faculty University Zurich (CHF 5’400): “Gaze and gait behavior during stairs and ramp walking in patients with Vestibular loss”
  • Swiss Hart Foundation (CHF 20’000): “Design of a cognitive motor intervention using a video game to enhance brain activity: A feasibility study including healthy participants and heart patients on the Intensive Care Unit”
  • Aventis Pharma (CHF 28’000) Effects of exercise and nutrition on postural balance and risk of falling in elderly people with decreased bone mineral density
  • Albert Böni Stiftung (CHF 20’000): “Effects of exercise and nutrition on postural balance and risk of falling in elderly people with decreased bone mineral density.”

Scientific projects

  • The effect of changing gravity on spinal stiffness
  • Influence of body position and axial load on spinal stiffness in young healthy adults

Other activities

  • Promoter PhD and Master Students
  • Member of the Commission on Accreditation, European Council on Chiropractic Education

Research Chiropractic

The Integrative Spinal Research (ISR Group) was founded in 2016 and is the research arm of the department of Chiropractic Medicine at Balgrist University Hospital.

The ISR group integrates different approaches to investigate the mechanisms underlying acute and chronic back pain: from genetic mechanisms and biomechanical aspects to cortical representation of the spine and its alteration in recurrent pain.

A second research focus deals with the clinical course of patients treated in the chiropractic outpatient clinic and possible mechanisms of chiropractic treatment methods. In an interdisciplinary approach, the ISR Group combines different disciplines

  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Physiotherapy
  • Movement and neurosciences


Chiropractic Medicine
Interdisciplinary Spinal Research (ISR)

Balgrist Campus
Lengghalde 5
CH-8008 Zürich
+41 44 386 57 11

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Research projects

The research laboratory develops new treatment methods for acute and chronic back pain and works on basic research.


The intensive cooperation with our partner institutions forms an important component for the development of our research projects.


Our researchers constantly publish their latest findings in various specialist journals. Under the following link you will find an overview of our publications.