Research topics

Clinical research at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre (SPC) is interdisciplinary and geared towards patients. It covers the entire spectrum, from acute care to inpatient rehabilitation and outpatient follow-up. SPC research topics currently fall into one of the following three categories:

    • Active participation in multicentre studies: SwiSCI, EMSCI
    • Developing new and distinct diagnostic procedures that are non-invasive in nature
    • Researching ways to improve the structure and function of the organs (e.g. bladder), muscles and nervous systems of paraplegics
    • Researching potential genotypic predictors
    • Optimising the physical fitness of paraplegic patients and athletes
    • Chronic pain
    • Decubital ulcers (pressure sores)
    • Depression
    • Urinary tract infections/overactive bladder/kidney problems
    • Spasticity
    • Osteoporosis/bone fractures
    • Pneumonia (lung inflammations)
    • Metabolic changes (obesity, malnutrition, diabetes)
    • Physical strength while ageing and performing sports
    • Robotics
    • Tetra hand surgery
    • Functional electrical stimulation
    • Patient education
    • ICF-based rehabilitation management

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