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Research paraplegia

The research laboratory of the Spinal Cord Injury Centre at Balgrist University Hospital is engaged in current basic research into spinal injuries and developing new methods of treatment for people with paraplegia and tetraplegia.

Balgrist Campus – the unique building complex for research on the musculoskeletal system – is home to research groups working in various fields but under the same roof, guaranteeing the direct exchange of ideas and experience.


Our team consists of movement scientists, engineers, doctors, and therapists, who work together on new approaches, interpret the findings, and implement them in rehabilitation.


Intensive cooperation with our partner institutes is a key component in the development of our research projects.

Research projects

The research laboratory develops new treatment methods for paraplegic and quadricplegic patients, and conducts basic research in spinal paralysis.


The research projects are financed mainly by grants from various organisations.


Our researchers are continually publishing their latest findings in various professional journals. Click on the link for an overview of our publications.


Prizes and awards of current research projects in paraplegia in cooperation with the ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich.

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Best Poster Award at the International Spinal Cord Society Conference in Dublin

Balgrist wins Best Poster Award category Student/Trainee at the 56th International Spinal Cord Society Annual Scientific Meeting in Dublin (24.-26. October 2017).

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