Dr. Nina Feddermann-Demont, MD
Head of SCC
Nina Feddermann-Demont completed her studies in medicine at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster; in addition, she holds an intermediate diploma in sports science from the 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
SCC Head of Board
Neurology, Schulthess Clinic
Alfred E. Müller studied medicine in Zürich. He completed the initial specialization in pathology, surgery and internal medicine, and became 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 physicians 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
SCC Board Member
Department of Neurology, University Hospital Zürich
Dominik Straumann is a physician and researcher at the Department of Neurology of the University Hospital Zürich. His research focuses on the pathophysiology of eye movements and the balance system. He became an associated professor (Habilitation/venia legendi) 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, Schulthess Clinic
Jiří Dvořák, a Professor at the University of Zurich, Senior Consultant in Neurology at the Schulthess Clinic 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. His current research activities are focused on the prevention of injuries and their consequences as well as on head and neck injuries. From 1994 to 2016 he was the Chief Medical Officer of FIFA and Chairman of the FIFA Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC). He currently sits on the IOC Medical and Science Committee and is a member of the WADA Health, Medicine and Science Committee. Prof Dvořák was also appointed as Senior Advisor to co-chair the NCYSS (National Council of Youth Sports Safety).
Dr. Antonella Palla, MD
Focus on headache, dizziness, balance problems
Antonella Palla completed her studies in medicine and received her doctoral degree at the University of Zurich in 2000. In 2008 she completed her medical training as a neurologist at the Department of Neurology, University Hospital Zurich. Besides her medical activity at the Department of Neurology, University Hospital Zurich, she continued working as a Research Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center for Vertigo and Neurological Visual Disorders until 2015. Between 2012 and 2015 she was also head of the headache and pain clinic of the Department of Neurology, University Hospital Zurich. In 2015 she was nominated as head of the Department of Neurology of the Zürcher RehaZentrum Wald. Her activity at the Swiss Concussion Center started in January 2018, initally as partime consultant and since April 2019 as a full-time consultant neurologist.
Antonella Palla was awarded Certificates of Qualification in Neurosonology (2007), Electroencephalography (2014) and Pain (2014). In 2011 she received the Venia Legendi from the University of Zürich (for the work pathophysiology of vestibular neuropathy). Her major research interests are peripheral and central vestibular disorders and headache diseases as well as the effects of head trauma on headaches. She is a member of various national (Headache) and international societies in the fields of neurology, neurorehabilitation and pain.
Dr. Mario Bizzini, PhD
Head of Rehabilitation und Training SCC
Mario Bizzini is sport physiotherapist and works since more than 25 years in the Schulthess Clinic. Since 2002 he is 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. He was responsible for the medical care of the football referees at three FIFA World Cups (2006, 2010, 2014), two FIFA Women’s World Cups (2007, 2015) and three Olympic Games (2008, 2012, 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 British Journal of Sports Medicine. Mario Bizzini is also a committee member of the Swiss and of the International Federation of Sports Physiotherapy, and a rehabilitation consultant for professional ice hockey and football teams.
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, and completed his MD 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 substantially contributed to development of 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 (similar to associated professorship) by the University of Zürich for his work in the specialist fields of neuro-ophthalmology and neuro-otology.
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 and his doctoral degree in 2004. He then started working as a research fellow and resident at the interdisciplinary center for vertigo and balance disorders, University Hospital Zurich. From 2009 to 2010 he was research fellow at the vestibular/eye movement testing laboratory (Prof. D. Zee) in Baltimore. In 2012 became a specialist in neurology, was awarded Certificates of Qualification in EMG, and started to work 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 as well as the effects of head trauma on function and structure of the brain. For his work on perception of gravity he received 2014 the Venia Legendi from the University of Zurich.
Prof. Dr. Astrid Junge, PhD
Research Department, Schulthess Clinic
Astrid Junge has a PhD in psychology, is a licenced psychotherapist and has received the Venia Legendi 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 “Prevention, Health Promotion 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 management in two clinics. Astrid Junge has led numerous interdisciplinary studies in the field of sports medicine and has published over 120 scientific papers.
Dr. Adrian Häne, MD
Adrian Häne studied human medicine at the University of Zurich with an internship in South Africa, and he did his doctorate at the Neurological Clinic of the University Hospital Zurich in the field of epileptology. After continuing his education in internal medicine, he specialised in neurology at the cantonal hospital of Aarau and at the Inselspital in Bern (specialist medical title of FMH in 2012), where he worked on clinical scientific projects and obtained certificates of competence in electroneuromyography (ENMG), electroencephalography (EEG), cerebrovascular diseases as well as pain therapy from SGSS / SSED. He worked as a senior physician in neurology at the Inselspital in Bern with an emphasis on neuro-ophthalmology, and continued his education at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Since autumn 2014, he has been a neurologist at the Centre for Neurology in Oberaargau. He is a member of several national and international specialist associations for neurology. His special interest is in neuro-ophthalmology. Since November 2016, he has been collaborating with the Swiss Concussion Center.
PD Dr. Christopher J. Bockisch, PhD
Departments of Neurology, Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology
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. Christopher 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. He then moved to Zürich to the Department of Neurology and dedicated himself to questions relating to the pathophysiology of the balance system. In 2004, Christopher 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.
University Hospital Zürich
Urs Scheifele is a physicist ETH, and has been working as a scientific associate and medical technical assistant at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Vertigo and Neurological Visual Disorders of the University Hospital Zürich since 2001. In addition to the video-oculo-graphy, he has developed the subjective visual vertical balance test and a program for the analysis of fundoscopy. He is responsible for the technical support and the further development of the devices for the diagnostic of vertigo.
Cornelia Meier graduated from the School of Physiotherapy at the University Hospital of Zurich (USZ) in 2000. She then worked in the area of neurorehabilitation in the Zürcher Höhenklinik Wald and moved to the USZ in 2001. Since then, she has completed further training courses in the specialist areas of neurorehabilitation and vestibular rehabilitation. As of 2005, Cornelia Meier became a member of the vestibular specialist group in the USZ and lecturer on the course for physiotherapy for dizziness and balance disorders. From 2009 onwards, she took over the lead of the specialist group. She worked in the Interdisciplinary Center for Dizziness and Neurological Visual Disorders at the USZ, where she introduced a gait analysis for balance assessments. She completed the advanced training in scientific work at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in 2012. Since 2015, she has been working as a physiotherapist at the Swiss Concussion Center with a focus on vestibulo-oculomotor rehabilitation.
Dr. Giovanni Bertolini, PhD
Giovanni Bertolini is neuroscientist with over 10 years of research experience studying oculomotor and visuo-vestibular responses. He obtained his PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of Pavia, Italy. He moved to the University Hospital of Zurich to perform research on self-motion perception, vestibulo-oculomotor physiology and motion sickness. There he founded the Swiss Space Travel and AiR Sickness (SSTARS) research group, a research effort to study adaptation of human self-motion perception and navigation. He is consultant for vestibular research of the centrifuge team of the Institute of Aerospace Medicine at the German Aerospace Center (Cologne) and of the Swiss Aeromedical Center (Dübendorf) and collaborates with different European research centers in Belgium, the Netherlands and United Kingdom to develop novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies to evaluate and target inadequate responses to self- and visual motion.
Elena Buffone is a qualified biologist and has been working as a medical technical assistant for vestibular oculo-motoric in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Vertigo and Neurological Visual Disorders of the University Hospital Zürich since 2000, where she carries out diagnostics, as well as rotating chair positioning.
Dr. Ing. Fausto Romano, PhD
Fausto Romano received his Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering in 2013 and Master degrees with Honours in Bioengineering applied in Tissue and Cell modeling in 2015, respectively, from University of Pavia (Italy). In 2016, he obtained his Ph.D. in bioengineering and bioinformatics, for studying gaze holding mechanism in humans and zebrafish. Since January, he is employed as a Postdoc researcher at University Hospital of Zurich, where he has joined the Swiss Space Travel and AiR Sickness (SSTARS) research group. He has experience in neuroscience, studying on self-motion perception, vestibulo-oculomotor physiology, and postural control. His current research activity is focused on studying postural control in athletes before after a concussion. His other research topics include the impact of alcohol on self-motion perception and reflexive eye movements for investigating the role of cerebellar impairment in visuo-vestibular integration, and biomedical image processing for monitoring human movements.
Alessandra Ventura, MSc
Research Assistant of SCC
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.
Viviana Mucci, PhD
Dr. Viviana Mucci (BSc., PhD) has been working at the Swiss Concussion Center since November 2018 and is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Zurich since February 2019. Viviana completed her studies in medical physiology (University of East London, UK) with distinction in 2012. In 2013 she obtained a MSc in Space Physiology and Health (King’s College London, UK). In July 2018 Viviana received her PhD in Neuro-Otology (University of Antwerp, Belgium) focusing on: Mal de Debarquement Syndrome (MdDS) and Visually Induced Vertigo (VID)). The implementation of the PhD required the establishment of various collaborations (e.g. Western Sydney University, Australia and Ichan School of Medicine and Mount Sinai, New York, USA). In November 2018, Viviana was awarded the Future Science Early Career Research Award for her doctorate. Viviana’s focus at the SCC is the diagnosis and therapy of “visually induced vertigo” in professional athletes, which often occurs on the basis of a primary vestibular involvement after concussion. In addition, she is particularly interested in diagnostics and therapy of increased sensitivity for processing of visual information.
Franziska Brück graduated in bilingual Bachelor in Medicine at Université de Fribourg. In summer 2018 she started her masterstudies in medicine at University of Zurich.
In her freetime she does rowing as competitive sports.
Since October 2018 she has been supporting various research projects of the SCC as a scientific assistant.
Daniel Agostino, MSc
Research Assistant of SCC
Daniel Agostino native from Luxembourg obtained his Bachelor in Sport Science at the University of Geneva and Master degree at the University of Lausanne. His main research domain consisted of evaluating the effect of hypnotic suggestion on neuromuscular properties by using transcranial and neurostimulation. He gained experience in performance diagnostics throughout several internships in clinical and research departments in Luxembourg and Switzerland.
University of Milan, Orthoptics (2010). Pietro Ferrara worked from 2011 to 2015 as an orthoptist and in neuro-ophthalmological rehabilitation at the Centro Oculistico Lugano, Ticino. Since 2015 he has been working as a medical technical assistant for vestibulo-occulomotorics at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Vertigo and Neurological Visual Disorders at the University Hospital Zürich, where he carries out all vestibular and oculomotor tests as well as rotating chair positioning (rotundum).
Head of Administration, Neurology, Schulthess Clinic
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.