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Pediatric Rehab Research Group

Die Forschungsgruppe ​ist besetzt mit Fachleuten aus Bewegungs- und Neurowissenschaften, Biologie, Physiotherapie, Pflegewissenschaften, Neuropsychologie und Ingenieurswesen.




pro humanis Gönnervereinigung Neurorehabilitation Zihlschlacht 

This year’s
Eberhard Ketz Prize for neurorehabilitation will be shared between two applicants and we are very happy and proud that we can congratulate Karin Birrer-Brütsch, who is one of these winners. We would like to thank and acknowledge all co-authors and collaborators from the other departments, who contributed to this work (Sensory-Motor Systems Lab, ETH and the Institute of Neuropsychology, UZH).

The Eberhard Ketz Prize 2011 was received for the publication:

Brütsch K, Koenig A, Zimmerli L, Mérillat-Koeneke S, Riener R, Jäncke L, van Hedel HJ, Meyer-Heim A. Virtual reality for enhancement of robot-assisted gait training in children with neurological gait disorders. J Rehabil Med. 2011;43(6):493-9. ​


ENRC.jpg​The Rehabilitation Center Affoltern am Albis was well represented at this year’s 1st European NeuroRehabilitation Congress, which took place in Meran, Italy (20th – 22nd October).

Andreas Meyer MD, Head Division of Paediatric Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation Centre was invited to present during the main session of the Pediatric Neurorehabilitation his lecture entitled “Robot-assisted rehabilitation for children: has the future already started?”.

Huub van Hedel, Head of the Research group, was invited to present during a satellite symposium on Robotic Therapy his lecture “Complementing pediatric neurorehabilitation with robotic training to exploit neuroplasticity”. Furthermore, another oral presentation was held and two posters were presented.

One poster was presented by Karin Brütsch, PhD, showing recent results from a study investigating changes in leg muscle electromyography during various conditions of robot-assisted walking in children with neurological conditions. 


We would like to congratulate Huub van Hedel, who was invited by the Australasian Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine (AFRM) and New Zealand Spinal Cord Society (ANZSCoS) to be the ANZSCoS Invited Speaker and AFRM Norington Lecturer at this year’s meeting in Brisbane, Australia.

The Norington lecture was named in remembrance of Bradney Norington MD, who was the first president of the Australian College of Rehabilitation Medicine (ACRM). The lecture is to be presented by an Allied Health Professional, and should outline recent progress in Allied Health research in the field of rehabilitation. The first lecture was presented in Cairns in 2006. 


Congratulations to U. Götz, K. Brütsch, R. Bauer, F. Faller, R. Spoerri, A. Meyer-Heim, R. Riener, A. Koenig for win​ning the best poster price award at the Rehab Week Zurich 2011, Switzerland

A virtual reality system for robot-assisted gait training based on game design ​principles

3.7.​2011: "Ein kleiner Astronaut lehrt gehen"​​

Ein Artikel von Sabine Olff aus der Sonntagszeitung/ GesundheitWissen:

Ein kleiner Astronaut lehrt gehen

27.6.2011-1.7.2011​: The Pediatric Rehab Research Group was highly represe​​​nted at the Rehab Week Zurich

The Rehab Week included three international conferences in the field of Rehabilitation Science & Engineering and hosted clinicians and engineers exchanging their experience in different research areas:

  • ​The International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics, ICORR2011
  • The International Neurorehabilitation Symposium, INRS2011
  • and the International Conference on Virtual Rehabilitation, ICVR2011 Andreas Meyer-Heim (head of clinic) was invited to hold a speech concerning “robotic-assisted neurorehabilitation for children: some non-evidence based considerations”.


PD Dr. Huub van Hedel (head of Pediatric Rehab Research Group) hosted together with his co-speakers a 2h15min. workshop about “robot-supported locomotor training in pediatric neurorehabilitation: application, assessments and achievements”:

  • robotic-assisted BWSTT in children from a practical point of view, clinical application and clinical results (Tabea Schuler)
  • Biofeedback and virtual realities (Karin Brütsch) 
  • 3D gait analysis to monitor improvements in quality of walking (Corinne Ammann) 
  • Standardized assessments: timed walking tests and electronic walkway system “GaitRite” (Huub van Hedel) 

The workshop hosted about 60 participants and received 24 filled out feedback forms. In addition they presented their fields of research with 5 posters:

  • Immediate Effects of a Single Robotic Assisted Gait Training on Balance Skills in Children with Cerebral Palsy (Tabea Schuler)
  • Effectiveness ​of Robotic Assisted Gait Training in Children with Cerebral Palsy: Preliminary Results (Corinne Ammann)
  • Stability of walking performance during the 6-minute walking test: Preliminary results in young patients with neurological gait disorders (Huub van Hedel)
  • Quantifying dexterity and grasping in children with cerebral palsy: Validity and Reliability of the nine-hole-peg-test and box-and-block-test (Huub van Hedel)
  • Improving dexterity in children with cerebral palsy. Preliminary results of a randomized trial evaluating a glove based VR-system (Huub van Hedel)