Dr. Nina Feddermann-Demont, MD
Head of SCC
Nina Feddermann-Demont completed her studies in human medicine at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster; in addition, she holds an intermediate diploma in sports science, German Sports University of Cologne and completed further training in manual medicine. She has been working at the Department of Neurology, Interdisciplinary Centre for Vertigo and Neurological Visual Disorders, University Hospital of Zurich since 2010. She became a specialist in neurology in 2015. Nina Feddermann is member of the scientific committee of the Concussion in Sports group and from 2013-2016 of the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC). In 2012, she launched the collaborative project “Swiss Concussion Project” to improve the return to training and play after head injuries in football.
Dr. Alfred E. Müller, MD
Alfred E. Müller studied human medicine in Zürich. Initial specialization in pathology, surgery and internal medicine. Subsequent further training to become a specialist in neurology. He has been Head of Neurology, Schulthess Clinic since 2007. In addition, he is member of national and international neurological societies. His activities include the education and further education of doctors and students, with numerous national and international lectures and workshops, as well as book chapters and publications. He is a lecturer at the ZHAW (Zürich University of Applied Sciences), School of Health Professions, as well as at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich.
Prof. Dr. Dominik Straumann, MD
Department of Neurology
University Hospital Zürich
Dominik Straumann is a doctor and researcher who carries out brain research at the Department of Neurology of the University Hospital Zürich. Research in his laboratory focuses on the pathophysiology of eye movements and the balance system. He became a reader (habilitation) at the University of Zürich in 2003 and was appointed Extraordinary Professor of Neurology there in 2013. Since 2004, he has been the Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Vertigo and Neurological Visual Disorders at the University Hospital Zürich, which he co-founded. He is a member of various national and international societies and journal editorial boards in the fields of neurology and neurosciences. He is currently the co-chair of the Scientific Panel for Neuro-Ophthalmology and Neuro-Otology of the European Academy of Neurology.
Prof. Dr. Jiří Dvořák, MD
Department of Neurology
Jiří Dvořák, a Professor at the University of Zurich, Senior Consultant in Neurology at the Schulthess Clinic Spine Center in Zurich. He is a Senior Editor of the British Journal of Sports Medicine and Deputy Editor of SPINE, is widely published with 425 original articles and 48 books in different languages. He has contributed to Spine Research with original papers on clinical biomechanics of spine and neurophysiology, in particular establishing the Multimodal Intraoperative Monitoring as a routine procedure for all demanding spine surgeries in his institution. His current research activities are focused on the prevention of injuries and their consequences including concussion as well as neck, head and brain injuries. From 1994 to November 2016 he was the Chairman of F-MARC (FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre) and Chief Medical Officer to FIFA. He currently sits on the IOC Medical and Science Committee and is a member of the WADA Health, Medicine and Science Committee. As FIFA Chief Medical Officer he was in charge for the medical organisation of the past 6 FIFA World Cups. Prof Dvořák was also appointed as Senior Advisor to co-chair the NCYSS (National Council of Youth Sports Safety). He has received numerous awards for his research work on the spine.
PD Dr. Konrad P. Weber, MD
Department of Neurology and Eye Clinic
University Hospital Zürich
Konrad P. Weber studied medicine in Zürich from 1992 to 1998. After this, he completed his PhD in 2003, working with Prof. D. Straumann at the Department of Neurology, University Hospital Zürich. From 2006 to 2008, he worked as a Research Fellow with Prof. M. Halmagyi and Prof. I. Curthoys in Sydney, where he helped to develop the video head impulse test. He completed his training as a neurologist in 2009 at the Department of Neurology in Zürich and was awarded Certificates of Qualification in EMG, EEG, and sleep medicine. Since then, he has been spending 50% of his time working as a consultant at the Department of Neurology and 50% at the Eye Clinic, USZ, in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Vertigo and Neurological Visual Disorders. In 2014, he was awarded the venia legendi by the University of Zürich for his work in the specialist fields of Neuro-Ophthalmology and Neuro-Otology.
Dr. Mario Bizzini, PhD
Mario Bizzini, PhD, MSc, PT (Switzerland) is sport physical therapist and works since more than 25 years in the Schulthess Clinic. Since 2002 he is a a research associate for the Human Performance Laboratory and since 08/2015 at the Swiss Concussion Center. Mario Bizzini was involved with the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC) between 2002 and 2016. His research interests focus on rehabilitation and prevention of sports injuries. He has published more than 60 papers, and since 08/2016 he is Deputy Editor of the Britisch Journal of Sports Medicine. Mario Bizzini is also a committee member of the Swiss and of the International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy, and a rehabilitation consultant for professional ice hockey and football teams. He was responsible for the referee’s medical team at three FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014), two FIFA Women’s World Cups (2007, 2015) and three Olympic Games (2008, 2012, 2016).
Prof. Dr. Astrid Junge
Astrid Junge has a PhD in psychology, is a licenced psychotherapist and a reader (habilitation) in social and preventative medicine. She was appointed Professor for Prevention and Sport at the Medical School Hamburg in December 2013, where she leads the Research Area “Mental Health und Sport”. For 20 years, she was the Scientific Director of the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC) and was instrumental in developing F-MARC into an internationally recognised research organization. Prior to this, she worked in the Departments of Psychosomatics and Medical Psychology/Sociology at the Universities of Hamburg and Marburg and conducted studies on quality assurance in two clinics. Astrid Junge has led numerous interdisciplinary studies in the field of sports medicine and has published over 120 scientific papers.
Dr. Yulia Valko, MD
Dr. Yulia Valko studied medicine at Tashkent University in Uzbekistan, where she also completed a specialization in neurology. In 2008, she arrived in Switzerland, and in 2010, she received her M.D. degree from the University of Zurich. She is currently completing her residency in neurology at the University Hospital of Zurich. Her research acitivities have always been focused on the function of the vestibular system. From 2008 to 2010, she did her doctoral thesis on ocular vestibular-evoked myogenic potentials (oVEMP) in the vestibulo-oculomotor laboratory of Dominik Straumann in Zurich. Thereafter, she did a postdoctoral fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, USA, exploring the role of the vestibular labyrinth in whole-body motion discrimination. More recently, she conducted a study on the diagnostic utility of oVEMP in detecting the pathognomonic decrement in extraocular muscles of patients with myasthenia gravis.
Dr. Yann Le Clec’h
Dr. Yann Le Clec’h schloss 2011 seine Ausbildung zum Chiropraktoren am Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto ab. Nach Absolvierung des Weiterbildungsganges an der Swiss Chiropractic Academy und Assistenzzeit im Zentrum für Chiropraktik erhielt er 2013 sein Diplom zum Fachchiropraktoren. Seither ist er in freier Praxis im Zentrum für Chiropraktik tätig. 2015 folgte der Abschluss seines Masters in Clinical Sciences mit Fokus auf Neurologie an der Bournemouth University in England. Als Teil seiner Master-Ausbildung begann er als Fachchiropraktor und wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im Zentrum für Schwindel und Neurologische Sehstörungen des UniversitätsSpitals Zürich zu arbeiten. Seit 2015 unterrichtet Dr. Le Clec’h zudem an der Universität Zürich und belegt eine Konsiliarfunktion im Swiss Concussion Center. Dort liegt sein Fokus auf die Kinematik der Halswirbelsäule und deren Auswirkung auf Kopfschmerzen und Schwindel nach Kopfanpralltrauma bei Athleten.
PD Dr. Alexander A. Tarnutzer, MD
Department of Neurology
University Hospital Zurich
Alexander A. Tarnutzer received his medical degree 2003 from the University of Basel. 2004 he started working as a research fellow and resident at the Department of Neurology, University Hospital Zurich. Since 2004 he is a member of the interdisciplinary center for vertigo and balance disorders (Prof. D. Straumann). From 2009 to 2010 he joined the vestibular/eye movement testing laboratory (Prof. D. Zee) in Baltimore, as a research fellow. Since 2012 he is a board-certified neurologist and currently works as a senior physician at the Department of Neurology, University Hospital Zurich. His major research interests are peripheral and central vestibular disorders and cerebellar diseases. For his work on graviception he received 2014 the Venia Legendi from the University of Zurich.
PD Dr. Christopher Bockisch, PhD
University Hospital Zürich
Christopher J. Bockisch was awarded his PhD in psychology by the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. His research focused on the field of visual perception in humans. Dr. Bockisch then received funding for postdoctoral research at the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute in San Francisco where he focused his research on the oculomotor system. Dr. Bockisch then moved to Zürich to the Department of Neurology and dedicated himself to questions relating to the pathophysiology of the balance system. In 2004, Dr. Bockisch was appointed as a Senior lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Vertigo and Neurological Visual Disorders. He was awarded the venia legendi for the topic oculomotor neural integrator.
Urs Scheifele is a physicist, MSc ETH, and has been working as a scientific associate and medical technical assistant VOM at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Vertigo and Neurological Visual Disorders of the University Hospital Zürich since 2001. He has developed the subjective visual vertical test and the analysis of fundoscopy, as well as the concept and conduct of the VOG installation.
Cornelia Meier has been a physiotherapist since 2000. She has worked at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Vertigo and Neurological Visual Disorders of the University Hospital Zürich from 2001 to 2015. She has been a lecturer on the course Physiotherapy for Vertigo and Balance Disorders since 2005. She took over as Head of the Vestibular Division in 2007.
Susann Eisenring is a qualified paediatric nurse and has worked as a medical technical assistant (MTA) VOM in Neuro-Otology at the University Hospital Zürich (USZ) from 2000 to 2015. She compiled a series of manuals for operating instrument-based vestibular and oculomotor diagnostics during her time at USZ.
Elena Buffone is a qualified biologist and has been working as a medical technical assistant (MTA) VOM in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Vertigo and Neurological Visual Disorders of the University Hospital Zürich since 2000, where she carries out instrument-based diagnostics, as well as rotating chair positioning.
Karin Mani, MSc
Karin Mani was awarded a Master of Science in sports science in 2014 by the ETH Zurich and completed her teaching qualifications for college sports in 2016. She has worked on the Swiss Concussion Project as a scientific assistant from 2013 to 2015. She is a snow sport instructor and was part of the canoe polo national squad for seven years. Her research activities are focused on the postural control and the development of rehabilitation program in this domain.
Alessandra Ventura obtained her master of Science in sport science in 2016 by the ETH Zurich. She is sport therapist and snow sport instructor.
Dzmitry Katsiuba studied psychology in Berlin. He has been enrolled in commercial information technology at the University of Zürich since 2014. His area of responsibility at the Swiss Concussion Center covers evaluation and data analysis. Dzmitry Katsiuba is fluent in Russian and also acts as a test administrator.
Maja Husistein qualified as a practice assistant in 1989. She has been the office manager in Neurology at the Schulthess Clinic since 2002. In 2012, she completed further training and qualified as a practice manager and also coordinates the various core areas within neurology.
Andrea Weiss is a practice assistant and has worked in neurology at the Schulthess Clinic from 2012 to 2015. In 2012, she qualified as a senior consultant personal assistant.