Dr. Filli Linard

Dr. Filli Linard
Department of Neurology, University Hospital Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland


10.2003 – 09.2006 Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH): BSc Biology. 12.2005 – 07.2006 Northwestern University in Chicago, USA: student exchange program with internship in the lab of associate professor Dr. Jaime Grutzendler. 10.2006 - 06.2008 Federal Institute of Technology Zürich (ETH): MSc Biology: specialized in neuroscience. 09.2008 - 11.2011 Dissertation in the lab of Prof. Martin E. Schwab at the Brain Research Institute of the University and ETH Zurich. Title of dissertation: Motor physiology and neural network anatomy in rats following incomplete spinal cord injury.

Research Interest

I am generally interested in the capacity of the CNS to compensate and recover from damage evoked by different neuropathologies. Although long-distance regeneration of nerve fibers is absent in adult mammals, there is an astonishingly high degree of spontaneous and treatment-induced rearrangements in the CNS which can lead to functional recovery after CNS damage. Our group at the University Hospital Zurich is interested in the characterization of functional deficits elicited by damage to specific areas of the CNS, and in the mechanisms underlying motor recovery upon CNS damage in patients. A Vicon-based kinematic system combined with kinetic force-plate measures and electromyographic recordings is a valid tool to investigate the above mentioned scientific questions.


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