In this area you will find news about Swiss Paraplegic Research. Here we post information about new and ongoing studies, scientific conferences, innovative studies supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation or new research partnerships.

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Under «Lecture series» you will find the current dates for the lecture series of the Department of Health Sciences and Medicine at the University of Lucerne. Renowned lecturers talk about exciting topics in the field of health sciences. The lectures are open to the public.

  • With the Doctor honoris causa the Department of Health Sciences and Medicine at the University of Lucerne honors on 5 November 2020 the outstanding contribution Prof. Bickenbach has made to the development of the Department and ensuring its international recognition. Rooted in philosophy and law Prof. Bickenbach has advanced the conceptual foundation of the health, functioning and rehabilitation sciences. Most importantly, he is the scientific brain behind WHO’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) launched in 2001. Understanding the need to bridge research and practice, he has spearheaded the “learning health system” to strengthen the response of health systems to the health needs of populations, including those living with spinal cord injury. He has also inspired generations of health scientists worldwide. For many, he has become a mentor and friend.

  • For the first time this year, the full annual report of the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation and its group organizations is published online. Under, you can find statements made by the president of the Foundation Board as well as by the directors and the managing directors, a management report, highlights of the year 2019 and many additional exciting stories on the Swiss Paraplegic Group. The annual report is available in German and French.

  • On 1 July 2020, 24 students coming from 13 countries have started their research internship in Nottwil (SPF, SPV and SPZ). As part of the Master in Health Sciences at the University of Lucerne, they are working during the next nine months on research projects. Students will deepen their understanding on spinal cord injury and contribute to research areas such as rehabilitation, epidemiology, psychology, neurobiology, health communication, clinical quality management, and health systems.

    For the seventh consecutive year, Nottwil opens its doors to master students who are interested in research about SCI!

    For additional information on the Master in Health Sciences:

    For information on research projects conducted by students in the past years:

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