Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Courtine, Grégoire

Experimental Neurorehabilitation laboratory
Faculty of Medicine
August Forel-Strasse 7
8008 Zürich

Prof. Dr. Grégoire Courtine was originally trained in Mathematics and Physics, but received his PhD degree in Experimental Medicine from the University of Pavia, Italy, in 2003. From 2004-2007, he held a Post-doctoral Fellow position at the Brain Research Institute, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA, under the supervision of Dr. Reggie Edgerton. In 2008, he established his own research laboratory at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Zurich, Switzerland, where he also is a member of the Rehabilitation Initiative and Technology Platform Zurich (RITZ). The main focus of the lab includes the development and use of neuroprosthetic systems, robotic interfaces, pharmacological cocktails, neuroregenerative therapies, and neurorehabilitation interventions to promote the recovery of motor functions after neurological impairments such as spinal cord injury or stroke. His laboratory addresses a remarkably diversified range of research paradigms in mice, rats, cats, monkeys, and humans. In the past four years, he published several articles in Nature Neuroscience and Nature Medicine, which were discussed in national and international press extensively. He received numerous honors and awards such as the 2007 Chancellor’s award for excellence in post-doctoral research from UCLA and the 2009 Schellenberg Prize for Research that was awarded by the International Foundation of Research in Paraplegia.

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