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We put stroke research
into practice

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.

Manual movement therapy stroke research

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.

Doctor and scientist working together in stroke research

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.

Teamwork for a better recovery after stroke

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.

Research collaborations

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

We are conviced of our unique neurorehabilitation approach and we want to share our knowledge. Together with the cereneo Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (cefir) and the University of Zurich, we continuously do studies and publish scientific articles.

Function after strokes through intensive training 2 – smarts 2

SMARTS 2 is a randomised, blind, multi-centric study that investigates the effect of intensive robot therapy on the arm after a stroke.A stroke often leads to limitations in arm movement that does ...

Interaction – observation of stroke patients in the clinic & at home

Interaction is an observational study, whereby the movements of stroke patients are observed using a sensor-based whole body suit at cereneo and then at home after their release.The aim of the study ...

Increased motivation and optimised intensity in stroke rehabilitation

During stroke rehabilitation it is important that the affected patients train intensively and actively during their stay in the rehabilitation clinic. When it comes to optimising the patient's ...

Current publications

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

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

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.

ESPEN Guideline Clinical Nutrition in Neurology

Burgos R, Bretónb I, Cereda E, Desport JC, Dziewas R, Genton L, Gomes F, Jésus P, Leischker A, Muscaritoli M, Poulia KA, Preiser JC, Van der Marckm M, Wirth R, Singer P, Bischoff S. (2017) ESPEN Guideline Clinical Nutrition in Neurology. Clin Nutr. 37: 354-396

Want to work with us?

We are continuously searching for highly qualified and motivated personnel who share the same passion for medical innovation.

Postdoctoral Research Scientist (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.

Speech and Language Therapist (80-100%)

In this position, you will work independently with patients in a local clinical center equipped with the latest technology. You will be mainly responsible, together with an interdisciplinary team, for the treatment of patients who have suffered a nervous system injury. Evidence-based therapy concepts will be essential for your daily work.