On 31 May 2013, the National Center of Competence in Research Neural Plasticity and Repair (NCCR Neuro) officially ended, but its legacy will live on in the newly created professorships in neuroscience and in most of its infrastructure, which will remain for neuroscience research at the co-leading University of Zurich and ETH Zurich.
Only limited help is available to patients suffering from diseases of the central nervous system. The central goal of this NCCR was to understand better the mechanisms and causes of neurological diseases and to alleviate the suffering of patients by designing and testing novel therapies for the future. After 12 years, an abundance of key novel insights were obtained in basic science which gave rise to new therapeutic approaches. Successful translations into clinical trials were achieved in the cases of Alzheimer’s disease, spinal cord injury, and robot-assisted neurorehabilitation.