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Research Physiotherapy Occupational Therapy

Our research focuses on (Early-) Rehabilitation, therapeutic exercise training and applied movement sciences (kinesiology) in patients with acute and chronic disease (e.g.: tablet computer based training programs as well as training programs with technical (gaming) applications. In addition, our methodological studies investigate the properties of measuring instruments.


Physical and occupational therapy research at USZ is incorporated in the Directorate of Research and Education (Director Prof. Dr. Gabriela Senti). There is a close collaboration with Prof. Dr. Eling D. de Bruin (Karolinska Institute, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Division of Physiotherapy & ETH Zurich, D-HEST, Institute of Movement Sciences and Sports), as well as with Prof. Dr. Rob A. de Bie (Maastricht University, Department of Epidemiology, Maastricht NL.

Research team

Rudolf Knols, Dr. phil.

Head, Physiotherapy-Occupational Therapy Research Center, Directorate Research & Education

Tel. +41 44 255 88 09

Jaap Swanenburg, Dr. phil.

Research Fellow, Physiotherapy-Occupational Therapy Research Center, Directorate Research & Education

Tel. +41 44 255 36 64

Pierrette Baschung Pfister, Dr. phil.

Research Fellow, Physiotherapy-Occupational Therapy Research Center, Directorate Research & Education

Tel. +41 44 255 24 91

Simone Huber

Research Fellow, Physiotherapy-Occupational Therapy Research Center, Directorate Research & Education

Tel. +41 43 253 14 80

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