Respiration, Swallowing, Mimics - International FES Centre

Respiration, Swallowing, Mimics - International FES Centre®

Smile and Breathe: Respiration, Swallowing, Mimics with functional electrical stimulation – opportunities and challenges

18 & 19 November 2022 at International FES Centre®, Nottwil and online via Zoom

The  objective is to learn the basic theoretical and practical principles of treatment with functional electrical stimulation in neurorehabilitation for respiratory, swallowing and facial expression disorders.

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Programme and course topics

Friday, 18 November 2022
9 am to 5 pm

Saturday, 19 November 2022
8.30 am to 4 pm

The detailed program will follow in summer 2022.

    • Teaching of the basic physiological and pathophysiological principles of respiration
    • Presentation of various forms of electrical stimulation that support respiration and coughing
    • Teaching of diaphragmatic differences, intercostal and abdominal stimulation and its mechanisms of action in respiration
    • Teaching of the basic physiological and pathophysiological principles in the area of facial muscles
    • Presentation of forms of electrical stimulation that support the facial muscles in their function in the case of various patterns of damage
    • Teaching of the benefits, risks and limits of functional electrical stimulation in therapy
    • Learning of all aspects of stimulation technology: modalities, stimulation devices, electrical parameters, types of electrodes and electrode positioning
    • Teaching of activation of physiological structures via induced electrical fields, selectivity and its limits, and safety technical considerations
    • Presentation of implantable solutions for diaphragm activation for temporary or chronic use


There will be an opportunity to ask the speakers questions during a round-table event at the end of the course. If required, please send your questions or anonymised patient example to with the reference “FES course 2022 – Questions".

Target audience

  • Physicians working in the fields of neurology, pneumology, rehabilitation and oto-rhino-laryngology
  • Physiotherapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists in clinical settings and practice who treat patients with respiratory, swallowing and facial expression disorders caused by neurological disease or infection


The course is carried out in hybrid form. Depending on the applicable health guidelines, a limited number of participants can take part in the International FES Centre® in the Swiss Paraplegic Centre Nottwil. The number of online participants via Zoom is unlimited.

Official regulations will determine whether the event will be able to take place on site in Nottwil. If it is not possible to hold the event in Nottwil, the course will be held completely online. The SPC will not cover any travel or hotel costs that may already have been booked.

SGPMR Credits are requested.

The course is organized by the International FES Centre®.


CHF 400.00 without coffee breaks and meals.
Participants on site bear the costs of their coffee breaks and mid-day meal.


Registration deadline: 15 Ocotober 2022

Registrations will be accepted in the order they arrive. The course organisers reserve the right to cancel the course if there are insufficient participants. Minimum number of participants: 25.

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If you are unable to attend the course, please contact the organiser in writing or by e-mail as soon as possible. Cancellation costs and administrative fees will be charged to the customer. In the case of cancellations up to 22 days before the start of the course, participants will be charged CHF 20.00/EUR 15.00 to cover administrative costs. The organiser is entitled to charge the following cancellation fees from 21 days before the start of the course:

Date of cancellation:
21 to 15 days before the start of the course
30% of the course fees

14 to 8 days before the start of the course
50% of the course fees

7 to 1 days before the start of the course
80% of the course fees

Cancellation on the first day of the course/No show
100% of the course fees

Course management / Speakers

  • Ines Bersch-Porada FES Centre

    Dr. Ines Bersch-Porada

    Head of the International FES Centre® in the Swiss Paraplegic Centre Nottwil
  • Winfried Mayr

    Prof. i.R. DDr. Winfried Mayr

    Associate Professor, Medical University of Vienna, Center for Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering
  • Thomas Schick

    Thomas Schick

    MSc Neurorehabilitation, FES-Lecturer and Book Editor



Overnight accommodation

  • Hotel Sempachersee

    The Hotel Sempachersee is located on the Swiss Paraplegic Centre campus.

    Please contact the Hotel Sempachersee directly for prices, further information and bookings.

    Important note when booking: When you book your room, please mention that you are taking part in the electrical stimulation course. Rooms have been reserved for course participants until 15 August 2022; no rooms can be guaranteed for bookings made after this date.

    Phone+41 41 939 23 23


    Further information / Hotels

    Sempachersee Tourismus (tourist information office)
    T. +41 41 920 44 44

    Tourist Information Luzern
    T.  +41 41 227 17 17