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Pediatric Rehab Research Group

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



18.11.2015: Anna Müller Grocholski Award

svpr_logo.gifOn the occasion of the annual symposium of the Swiss Academy of Childhood Diseases, formerly known as the Swiss Association of Pediatric Rehabilitation, the Anna Müller Grocholski Prizes were awarded. We are proud to inform that Anne-Laure Mouthon won one of two first prizes with her study "Sleep measurements in children and adolescents with acquired brain injuries: A new approach to investigate cortical plasticity in the brain", authored by Anne-Laure Mouthon, Huub van Hedel, Andreas Meyer-Heim and Reto Huber. The award comes with a purse of CHF 2500.- and additionally, the expenses for the attendance of next year's European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD) in Stockholm are covered. Fabienne Grob and Petra Marsico tied for second place with their studies "How can robot-assisted gait training during rehabilitation be optimized?", authored by Fabienne Grob, Tabea Aurich, Rob Labruyère and Huub van Hedel, and "The relevance of nerve mobility on function and activity in children with cerebral palsy", authored by Petra Marsico, Amir Tal-Akabi and Huub van Hedel.

07.11.2015: Host for the 10. Clinical Research Forum

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On 7.11.2015, the Rehabilitation Center for Children and Adolescents served as a host for the 10. Clinical Research Forum of the "Stiftung Physiotherapie Wissenschaften". The topic was "From statistical significance to clinical relevance". Thereby, Prof. em. Beda Stadler disputed with the audience about the effects of physiotherapy and Prof. Raymond Ostelo highlighted the quality (and the lack thereof) of measurement tools in physiotherapy. The meeting was concluded with practical workshops, where participants learned about interventions and assessments for the upper and lower extremities with the help of robotics.

29.10.2015: Poster prize at the CRC Retreat

Congratulations to Rob Labruyère for winning one of the three best poster awards at the 5th FZK/CRC Retreat at the Tagungszentrum Schloss Au. His poster was entitled: "Monitoring everyday life motor activity in children" and was authored by R. Labruyère, J. Fritschi and H. van Hedel.

02.09.2015: Successful PhD defense

Urs Keller successfully defended his PhD thesis entitled "Development and clinical feasibility of a novel pediatric arm rehabilitation robot". We consider ourselves very fortunate that Urs stays with us.

14.08.2015: German TCMS available

TCMS Deutsch

After the SCALE, we now also translated the Trunk Control Measurement System to German. This version is available from our Publikationen section.​​​

15.06.2015​: Best Poster Award and Election of Chairman in Valencia

From June 9. to 12., the Rehabweek, a joint conference of three societies, took place in Valencia, Spain. Thereby, out of 106 posters, the one of Judith Graser, Jeffrey Keller and Huub van Hedel was selected for the third place at the Best Poster Award for their work "Robot-assisted motor learning in children with cerebral palsy"., Huub van Hedel was appointed chairman of the ARTIC (Advanced Rehabilitation Technology Integrated Centers) Consortium. The consortium comprises 12 rehabilitation centers around the world from Denver to Singapur and maintains a database of patients training with the Lokomat.

08.06.2015: German SCALE available

SCALE Deutsch

Our group has taken the effort to translate the English version of the "Selective Control Assessment of the Lower Extremity" to German. As of now, this version is available as a free download from the Publikationen section. 

01.06.2015: EACD in Copenhagen


From May 27. to 30. the 27th annual meeting of the European Academy of Childhood Disability (EACD) took place in Copenhagen, Denmark. 4 topics were chosen - neuroplasticity, nutrition and exercise, cognition and technology - and we are proud that we could contribute to all 4 topics with 4 short talks and 1 poster:

  • Executive functions and social competence in children with cerebral palsy - Karin Birrer
  • Active vs. assisted vs. passive finger movements - a hemodynamic comparison of motor cortex activity in children - Rob Labruyère
  • "Reach for the Stars" - A patient education intervention in the context of climbing therapy - Judith Graser
  • Requirements for a virtual-reality based neuro-pediatric upper limb training - Corinna Gerber
  • Pediatric gait performance measures are valid and reliable in a clinical setting - Corinne Ammann


07.03.2015​: Best Poster Award in Ittingen


From March 5. to 7., the International Symposium on Neuro Rehabilitation: Strategies for Customized Treatments, took place in the Kartause Ittingen. Thereby, Volker Ressel was awarded with the Best Poster Award worth CHF 500.- for his work "Diffusion Tensor Imaging as a predictor for rehabilitation oucome in children with acquired brain injury", authored by Volker Ressel, Ruth O'Gorman Tuura and Huub van Hedel.

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The jury of the Rheinfelden Rehabilitation Clinic has again chosen a project from the PRRG for their third annual Science Award for scientific achievements in the field of theapeutics. This year it was granted for the paper "Measurement properties of gait-related outcomes in youth with neuromuscular diagnoses: a systematic review", authored by Corinne Ammann-Reiffer, Caroline Bastiaenen, Rob de Bie and Huub van Hedel, which was published in Physical Therapy last year. Out of 9 applications, the jury chose this work as the best. The award comes with a certificate and a CHF 5000.- purse.