Innovation is more than a buzzword for us. Equipped with our own research institute and thanks to strong research collaborations, we do not only implement innovative technologies into our practices as fast as possible, but we also test their efficiency in treatment.

Research goals

The goal of our research and partnerships is to develop a novel form of neurorehabilitation that is seamlessly integrated into the daily routine of our patients. The goal is that you train yourself by being as active as possible. The necessary corrective feedback, assistance and safety measures are provided by intelligent technology and by the interaction with your therapist.


Patients need to be self-motivated to be active in their daily lives. Our motivational research focuses on innovative therapy approaches to incentivise and foster active training and activity in everyday life.

Taking ownership

Taking ownership of their own rehabilitation comes with certain challenges for patients, to do the different tasks correctly without supervision or help. The research efforts at our foundation CEFIR are focused on finding and further developing intelligent technologies in order to avoid mistakes and foster correct execution of the different rehabilitation tasks.

We are continuously taking part in innovative research collaborations and projects working in conjunction with renowned educational bodies around the world and always aiming for the highest quality of neurorehabilitation, based on the latest scientific developments.

Research collaborations


Together with ETH Zurich (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.


Together with The LOOP Zurich Medical Research Center, cereneo is conducting a study to significantly improve precision rehabilitation through personalized stimulation loops.

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We cooperate with the Schulthess Clinic, the leading clinic for orthopaedics, for acute orthopaedic questions and examinations.

University Hospital Zurich (USZ) and cereneo collaborate on Parkinson's disease recovery

We are proud to announce the collaboration between USZ and cereneo: Together we have developed a treatment approach that allows us to provide high quality care for gold standard Parkinson treatments at USZ and long-term rehabilitation at cereneo, while having access to a global network of leading Parkinson and neurorehabilitation experts. Want to learn what the programme offers to patients with Parkinson’s disease?

The latest technology in stroke recovery

Our neurorehabilitation clinic is equipped with state-of-the-art movement analysis, robotic systems and other innovative devices to complement the hands-on training with the therapist.


Armeo® Power
by Hocoma

This arm exoskeleton helps impaired patients to train their arm movement by assisting with force.

ZeroG® by Aretech

This innovative over-ground gait training tool helps to train mobility and balance. Dynamic partial body weight support (DBWS) reduces the risk of falling whilst offering the patient a real-life experience.

Split-belt treadmill

Training on a split-belt treadmill with different velocities for each limb can trigger brain adaptations that render the gait more symmetrical. After a stroke this can be used to make the gait faster and less exhausting.

Current stroke research projects

Together with the cereneo Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (cefir), the University Hospital of Zurich and the ETH (Technical University), we perform basic and clinical research including randomised controlled trials testing new training and diagnostic methods.

Precision training

Training relies heavily on the feedback of the therapists, again based on observation and experience.

Diagnostic sensors

The continuous evaluation of neurological impairments and disability are the backbone of targeted and successful rehabilitation therapy

Reward-augmented training

Based on evidence that we developed in our basic science program, we hypothesise that training can be improved by adding rewards.

Current Publications

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 DOI: 10.1161/STROKEAHA.110.607630

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

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

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