Department of Neurology

The Department of Neurology deals with the diagnosis and treatment of common and rare diseases of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nervous system and muscles.

Department of Neurology

University Hospital Zurich
Frauenklinikstrasse 26
8091 Zurich
Tel. +41 44 255 55 11

Department of Neurology

University Hospital Zurich Airport
The Circle 59
8058 Zurich-Airport
Tel. +41 44 255 55 11

The Department of Neurology is constantly developing its treatment and care services and is guided by national and international standards.

Neurological diseases

We diagnose and treat the various neurological diseases at the highest and most up-to-date level, also due to the research and continuing education activities of our clinic and as well as the close cooperation with the other clinics and institutes of the University Hospital Zurich. Here, our clinic offers you competent and personal therapy and care.

Neurology training and events

High-quality continuing education is a priority for the Department of Neurology. Symposia and lectures are integrated into the Clinical Neurocenter program and are usually held on Thursday afternoons.

Neurology - Frequently Asked Questions

Neurology involves the examination, diagnosis and medical care of diseases of the nervous system. The object of examination is the patient’s brain, spinal cord, peripheral nervous system and muscles. Neurology deals with a wide range of disorders, including neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease, strokes, epilepsy, brain tumors, inflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis, headaches, neuropathies and many other conditions.

Neurologists perform clinical exams, use imaging techniques such as MRI and CT to detect changes in the brain or spinal cord, and use electrophysiological tests to measure the electrical activity of the nervous system. Neurological diseases require individual therapy, which may include medication, physiotherapy and other measures.

In a neurological examination, the patient’s nervous system is checked by the trusted physician in order to detect possible disorders and to be able to make a diagnosis. The scope of a neurological diagnosis may include, in addition to a medical history interview:

  • Physical examination (reflexes, muscle strength, coordination, balance, sensory perception, etc.)
  • Memory and Cognitive Tests1
  • MRI or computed tomography (CT) scan, if applicable.
  • Electrical activity tests of the nervous system

The options include:

  • Medication to influence the disease and/or alleviate symptoms
  • Physiotherapy to support motor skills
  • Occupational therapy to promote independence in everyday life
  • Speech therapy for the treatment of communication disorders
  • Surgery in certain cases, e.g. tumor removal or implantation of brain pacemakers (neurosurgery)
  • Supportive therapies such as psychotherapy and pain management
More about our treatments

Neurological disorders are impairments of the central (brain, spinal cord) and/or the broader nervous system such as the musculature, which can manifest themselves in various symptoms, including disturbances in movements or sensory impairments. Muscle weakness in the legs is one example. The muscle weakness can cause walking and balance problems.

Other examples include stroke, epilepsy, migraine, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Diagnosis and taking medical measures of neurological disorders should be done individually per patient and by a physician.

Neurological rehabilitation is designed to help people with conditions maintain or improve their functioning, independence and quality of life by combining individually tailored therapeutic approaches. This may include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychological support, and other treatments