Motor Systems

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PD Dr. sc. ETH Markus Christen

Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine & UZH Digital Society Initiative, University of Zurich

christen@ethik.uzh.ch
Research Focus: The Neuro-Ethics-Technology research group of the Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine investigates research topics at the interfaces of ethics, neuroscience/-psychology and information technology. We use both empirical and normative methodologies in currently nine different research projects. Those research fields are: research on moral intelligence components, family life, health & moral development, brain death and transplantation, serious moral games, ethics of neuromodulation, moral decision making and autonomous systems, Big data ethics, visualizing morally loaded data, cybersecurity and ethics.

Keywords: neuroethics; deep brain stimulation; brain death; big data ethics; moral psychology; ethics of information technology
Topics: Biomedical Technology; Cognitive Neuroscience; Motor Systems
Projectshttp://www.research-projects.uzh.ch/a1026.htm

Publicationshttps://www.encyclog.com/forschung/person/publikationen

Website:  http://www.ibme.uzh.ch/de/ethik/forschung/Neuro-Ethics-Technology-(NET)-Research-Group.html 

 

   
Volker Dietz

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Prof. em. Dr. med. Volker Dietz
Spinal Cord Injury Center, Research, Balgrist University Hospital
volker.dietz@balgrist.ch

Research Focus: Neural mechanisms underlying movement control in healthy volunteers and post-stroke patients. The studies mainly include electrophysiology such as evoked potentials and electromyographic reflex responses. The main focus lies on inter-limb coupling during movement performance.

Keywords: Neural coupling, cooperative hand movements, neurophysiology

Topic: Motor Systems

Publications: pubmed

Website: http://www.balgrist.ch/Home/Forschung_und_Lehre/Paraplegiologie.aspx

 

   
Kynan Eng

 

Dr. Kynan Eng
Institute of Neuroinformatics, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich
kynan@ini.uzh.ch

Research Focus: The understanding of the effects of virtual reality (VR) on human brain processing and behavior is of great interest for applications in entertainment and training (e.g. rehabilitation). A particular focus of our work is on upper- and lower-limb visuo-motor interactions mediated using VR. We employ behavioral and neuroimaging (functional near-infrared spectroscopy, functional magnetic resonance imaging) methods in our experiments. To support applications, we develop novel VR interaction technologies and methods for gaming data analysis.

Keywords: virtual reality, computer gaming, rehabilitation, neurorehabilitation, motor training

Topic: Motor Systems

Publications: pubmed

Website: http://www.kynaneng.com/

 

   
Roger Gassert

 

Prof. Dr. Roger Gassert
Rehabilitation Engineering Lab, Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich 
gassertr@ethz.ch

Research Focus: We apply robotics, wearable sensor technology and non-invasive neuroimaging to the exploration, assessment and restoration of sensorimotor function, with the goal of promoting recovery following neurological injury and developing assistive technologies for the compensation of remaining deficits.

Keywords: physical human-machine interaction, rehabilitation robotics, haptics, assistive technology, neural control of movement, neuroimaging, neurofeedback

Topics: Sensory Systems, Motor Systems, Disorders of the Nervous System, Biomedical Technology and Imaging

Publications: scholar.google.ch

Website: http://www.relab.ethz.ch

 

   
Richard Hahnloser

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Prof. Dr. Richard Hahnloser
Institute of Neuroinformatics, ETH Zurich and University of Zurich
rich@ini.ethz.ch

Research Focus: We research sensorimotor and observational learning, birdsong development, neural coding in auditory and motor brain areas, ultrastructure of synaptic networks.  We make use mainly of computational modeling, behavioral methods, electrophysiology, and light- and electron microscopy.

Keywords: imitation behavior, learning

Topics: Computation and Modeling, Neural Basis of Behavior, Motor Systems

Publications: https://www.ini.uzh.ch/publications

Website: https://www.ini.uzh.ch/people/rich

 

   
Marie-Claude Hepp

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Prof. Dr. Marie-Claude Hepp-Reymond
Institute of Neuroinformatics, University of Zurich and ETH Zurich
mchr@ini.phys.ethz.ch

 

Topic: Motor Systems
Website: https://www.ini.uzh.ch/people/mchr

 

   
Andreas Meyer-Heim

 

Dr. med. Andreas Meyer-Heim
Pediatric Rehab Research Group, Rehabilitation Centre Affoltern am Albis, University Children's Hospital Zurich
andreas.meyer-heim@kispi.uzh.ch

 

Topic: Motor Systems

Website: http://www.kispi.uzh.ch/rza/de/forschende/Seiten/default.aspx

 

   
Robert Riener

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Prof. Dr. Ing. Robert Riener
Sensory Motors Systems Lab, Dept of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich and Paraplegic Center, University Hospital Balgrist Zurich 
riener@hest.ethz.ch

Research Focus: Robert Riener and the members of his Sensory-Motor Systems (SMS) Lab investigate the sensory-motor actions in and interactions between humans and machines. The research focuses on the study of human sensory-motor control, the design of novel mechatronic machines, and the investigation and optimisation of human-machine interaction. Riener’s Lab has developed famous rehabilitation robots (such as the ARMin) and virtual reality technologies applied to the area of neurorehabilitation. Main application areas are the fields of neuro-rehabilitation and sports. R. Riener is also the initiator and organiser of the Cybathlon 2016 in Kloten, Zurich.

Keywords: Neurorehabilitation, rehabilitaiton robotics, motor learning, control of motion, biomechatronics
Topic: Motor Systems, Biomedical Technology and Imaging
Publications: http://www.sms.hest.ethz.ch/docs/index
Website: http://www.sms.hest.ethz.ch/

   
Urs Schwarz

 

PD Dr. med. Urs Schwarz
Dept of Neurology, University Hospital Zurich
urs.schwarz@usz.ch

 

Topic: Motor Systems

Website: http://www.neurologie.usz.ch/ueber-die-klinik/seiten/team.aspx

 

   
Huub van hedel

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Prof. Dr. Huub van Hedel
Head of the Pediatric Rehab Research Department, Rehabilitation Center for Children and Adolescents, University Children’s Hospital Zurich, Affoltern am Albis

hubertus.vanhedel@kispi.uzh.ch

Research Focus: The neurorehabilitative treatment of upper and lower extremity functions and activities in children and youths with neurological disorders presents a high challenge as the developmental status interferes with neurological, functional, cognitive, and motivational aspects. As evidence-based guidelines for assessment and treatment are scarce, our main aim is to improve the rehabilitation process of children and youths. We have three main directions for research: (i) Develop, refine, and psychometrically evaluate (clinical) assessments, including technology-based ones. (ii) Develop and assess rehabilitative interventions, with an emphasis on rehabilitation technologies and exergames. (iii) Understand how the brain reorganizes during neurorehabilitation (e.g. with EEG, fNIRS or MRI).

Keywords: pediatric, rehabilitation technology, psychometric studies, effectiveness, brain reorganisation

Topic: Disorders of the Nervous Systems, Motor Systems

Publications: pubmed

Website: http://www.kispi.uzh.ch/rza/de/forschende

 

   
Nicole Wenderoth

 

Prof. Dr. Nicole Wenderoth
Neural Control of Movement Lab, Department of Health Sciences and Technology, ETH Zurich
nicole.wenderoth@hest.ethz.ch
Research Focus: We develop non-invasive interfaces to modulate brain function. To do so we use different medical imaging and neurophysiological techniques to understand the computational principles guiding behavior as well as its adaptation to the constraints and rewards present in the environment. We are interested in a broad range of behavioral processes including sensorimotor control and learning, spatial navigation, and how different rewards influence choices and the willingness to invest effort.  Once we understand the task-specific neural interactions across different brain regions we develop interventions that tap into these processes to modulate brain activity and behavior. Tools we use are non-invasive magnetic or electric brain stimulation as well as human-machine interfaces.  We pursue a translational approach applying our methods in animal models, healthy human volunteers and patients (stroke, cerebral palsy, Autism).

Keywords: Sensorimotor Control, Memory, Effort, Theory-of-Mind, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, non-invasive brain stimulation, medical imaging

Topic: Motor Systems

Publications: pubmed

Website: http://www.ncm.hest.ethz.ch/