Innovation is more than a buzzword for us. Equipped with our own
research institute and thanks to strong research collaborations,
we not only transfer innovative technologies into practice
as fast as possible, but also test their efficiency in treatment.
Research for better Neurorehabilitation
Our neurorehabilitation clinic maintains its own neurorehabilitaton research institute called cefir. There, our researchers focus on new therapy methods, and measure how effective they really are.
Life-long learning for every employee
Our doctors, therapists and nurses alike are encouraged to stay up-to-date with the latest findings in stroke research. Regular training makes sure that everyone makes use of this knowledge as early as possible.
Better teamwork for better outcomes
We know that the best possible results are only achieved with the best possible team spirit. This is why we frequently meet as a team and why our nurses, therapists and doctors work together very closely every day.
Together with ETH Zürich (DHEST, Prof. Gassert , Prof. Riener ), cereneo develops sensor technologies to be able to monitor stroke patients during their daily life.
Together with Hocoma, cereneo develops new training devices and robots for arms and legs and tests their use in clinical studies.
Together with Twente University (Biomedical Signals and Systems, Prof. Dr. ir. Peter Veltink), cereneo develops sensor and feedback technology for stroke patients.
Together with Johns Hopkins University, cereneo performs randomised, clinical studies in the area of arm rehabilitation using new robot training approaches.
Current stroke research projects
Function after strokes through intensive training 2 – smarts 2
Interaction – observation of stroke patients in the clinic & at home
Increased motivation and optimised intensity in stroke rehabilitation
An Unusual Cause of Pseudomedian Nerve Palsy
Zina-MaryManjaly, Andreas R. Luft, and Hakan Sarikaya (2011). Case Reports in Neurological Medicine Volume 2011, Article ID 474271, 3 pages doi:10.1155/2011/474271
Dopaminergic Projections from Midbrain to Primary Motor Cortex Mediate Motor Skill Learning
Jonas A. Hosp, Ana Pekanovic,Mengia S. Rioult-Pedotti, and Andreas R. Luft (2011). The Journal of Neuroscience, February 16, 2011 • 31(7):2481–2487 • 2481
Cortical Plasticity during Motor Learning and Recovery after Ischemic Stroke
Jonas A. Hosp, and Andreas R. Luft (2011). Neural Plasticity Volume 2011, Article ID 871296, 9 pages doi:10.1155/2011/871296
Consequences of Stroke in Community-Dwelling Elderly: The Health and Retirement Study, 1998 to 2008
Afshin A. Divani, Shahram Majidi, Anna M. Barrett, Siamak Noorbaloochi and Andreas R. Luft (2011). American Heart Association, Inc. Stroke is available at http://stroke.ahajournals.org DOI: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.110.607630
Brain activation induced by dentine hypersensitivity pain–an fMRI study
Meier ML, Bru¨gger M, Ettlin DA, Luechinger R, Barlow A, Jäncke L, Lutz K. Brain activation induced by dentine hypersensitivity pain–a fMRI study. J Clin Periodontol 2012; 39: 441–447. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-051X.2012.01863.x.
Neurofeedback-mediated self-regulation of the dopaminergic midbrain
James Sulzer, Ranganatha Sitaram, Maria Laura Blefari, Spyros Kollias, Niels Birbaumer, Klaas Enno Stephan, Andreas Luft, Roger Gassert (2013). J. Sulzer et al. / NeuroImage 83 (2013) 817–825
Royal College of Physicians Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party evidence-based guidelines for the nutritional support of patients who have had a stroke
F. Gomes, C. Hookway & C. E. Weekes (2013). Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics- The British Dietetic Association Ltd
A Full Body Sensing System for Monitoring Stroke Patients in a Home Environment
Bart Klaassen1, Bert-Jan van Beijnum, Marcel Weusthof, Dennis Hofs, Fokke van Meulen, Henk Luinge, Alessandro Tognetti, Federico Lorussi, Rita Paradiso, Jeremia Held, Jasper Reenalda, Corien Nikamp, Jaap Buurke, Hermie Hermens and Peter Veltink (2014).
Royal College of Physicians Intercollegiate Stroke Working Party evidence-based guidelines for the secondary prevention of stroke through nutritional or dietary modification
C. Hookway, F. Gomes & C. E. Weekes (2014). Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics- The British Dietetic Association Ltd
What can the monetary incentive delay task tell us about the neural processing of reward and punishment?
Kai Lutz, Mario Widmer (2014). Neuroscience and Neuroeconomics 2014:3
Assessment-Driven Arm Therapy at Home Using an IMU-Based Virtual Reality System
Frieder Wittmann, Olivier Lambercy, Roman R. Gonzenbach, Mark A. van Raai, Raphael Höver, Jeremia Held, Michelle L. Starkey, Armin Curt, Andreas Luft and Roger Gassert (2015). IEEE International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics (ICORR)
Detection and treatment of medical inpatients with or at-risk of malnutrition: suggested procedure based on validated guidelines
Bounoure L, Gomes F, Stanga Z, Keller U, Meier R, Ballmer P, Fehr R, Mueller B, Genton L, Norman K, et al. (2016) Detection and treatment of medical inpatients with or at-risk of malnutrition: suggested procedures based on validated guidelines. Nutrition. 32(7-8):790-8
Risk of Malnutrition is an independent predictor of mortality, lenght of hospital stay, and hospitalisation costs in stroke patients. Journal of stroke and cerebrovascular diseases
Gomes F., Emery P. W., Weekes C.E. (2016) Risk of Malnutrition Is an Independent Predictor of Mortality, Length of Hospital Stay, and Hospitalization Costs in Stroke Patients. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases. 25(4): 799-806
Processing of Motor Performance Related Reward After Stroke
M. Widmer, A.R. Luft, K. Lutz (2016) In J. Ibáñez et al. (eds.), Converging Clinical and Engineering Research on Neurorehabilitation II, Biosystems & Biorobotics 15, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-46669-9_165
Self-directed arm therapy at home after stroke with sensor-based virtual reality training system.
Wittmann et al. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation (2016) 13:75. DOI 10.1186/s12984-016-0182-1
Rewarding feedback promotes motor skill consolidation via striatal activity
M. Widmer, N. Ziegler, J. Held, A. Luft, K. Lutz (2014). The influence of feedback on motor skill learning. Progress in Brain Research, Volume 229, ISSN 0079-6123, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/bs.pbr.2016.05.006
Separable systems for recovery of finger strength and control after stroke
Xu, J., Ejaz, N., Hertler, B., Branscheidt, M., Widmer, M., Faria, A. V., ... & Kitago, T. (2017). Separable systems for recovery of finger strength and control after stroke. Journal of neurophysiology, 118(2), 1151-1163
Thermodilution-determined Internal Jugular Venous Flow
Rasmussen, P., Widmer, M., Hilty, M. P., Hug, M., Sørensen, H., Ogoh, S., ... & Lundby, C. (2017). Thermodilution-determined Internal Jugular Venous Flow. Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 49(4), 661-668
Elderly adults show higher ventral striatal activation in response to motor performance related rewards than young adults
Widmer, M., Stulz, S., Luft, A. R., & Lutz, K. (2017). Elderly adults show higher ventral striatal activation in response to motor performance related rewards than young adults. Neuroscience letters, 661, 18-22.
Does motivation matter in upper-limb rehabilitation after stroke? ArmeoSenso- Reward: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
Widmer, M., Held, J. P., Wittmann, F., Lambercy, O., Lutz, K., & Luft, A. R. (2017). Does motivation matter in upper-limb rehabilitation after stroke? ArmeoSenso-Reward: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials, 18(1), 580
Metacognitive Confidence Increases with, but Does Not Determine, Visual Perceptual Learning
Zizlsperger L, Kümmel F, Haarmeier T (2016) Metacognitive Confidence Increases with, but Does Not Determine, Visual Perceptual Learning. PLoS ONE 11(3): e0151218. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0151218
We are continually searching for highly qualified and motivated personnel
who share the same passion for medical innovation as we do.
Postdoctoral research scientist (F/M) (60-80%)
As a Postdoctoral reserach scientist at cereneo- center for interdisciplinary reserach (cerfir), you will be working in a motivated and committed international team of scientists on planning, implementing, evaluating and presenting large research and development projects.