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About us

The Swiss Paraplegic Research (SPF) is a research institute which is funded by the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation (SPS). The premises and laboratories are located in the Guido A. Zäch Institute (GZI) which is next to the Swiss Paraplegic Center (SPZ) in Nottwil.

SPF has strengthened Switzerland’s positioning as research center since it has officially been recognized as non-university research institution by the federal government and the cantons, as well as through the creation of an endowed chair at the University of Lucerne and the recently founded Department for Health Sciences and Health Policy, located in Lucerne and Nottwil. Moreover, SPF is taking the lead with respect to rehabilitation research from a comprehensive perspective. It is one of the few institutions worldwide which unites different disciplines which are part of rehabilitation research from a comprehensive perspective under one roof.

As regards content, all disciplines such as medical sciences, biology, psychology, healthcare sciences, physiotherapy and human movement sciences, sociology, law, philosophy, and political sciences are represented at SPF.

The core competence of SPF is research while taking into consideration the mutual influence of physical, psychological and social factors during the process of developing or overcoming disability. Therefore, it is also necessary to combine various methods of interdisciplinary research.

The research methods and research concepts are based on

  • patient-oriented clinical research as required and supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)
  • people-related research in the sense of epidemiology and public health.

Research from a comprehensive perspective includes biomedical approaches which are developed in molecular biologic and neurophysiologic research as well as psychological and social approaches.

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