Hocoma Academy
Winter Session 2020

Join us in Switzerland and Austria for the 2nd edition of the Hocoma Academy Winter Session,
23 – 28 February 2020

Joining the Hocoma Academy Winter Session 2020, you’ll have the chance to visit hospitals that successfully implement advanced technologies in rehabilitation in Switzerland and Austria. In less than one week, you will learn how to optimize therapy at your facility, network with experts and opinion leaders, be part of our hands-on sessions with our robotic devices, and visit Zürich, Innsbruck and the wonderful Alps.


Dr. med Andreas Meyer-Heim

Head Division of Paediatric Rehabilitation and Rehabilitation Centre, University Children’s Hospital Zurich (Switzerland).


Prof. Dr. Huub van Hedel

Head of the Paediatric Rehab Research Department of the Rehabilitation Centre for Children and Adolescents of the University Children’s Hospital Zurich in Affoltern am Albis (Switzerland).


Dr. Peter Oesch

Director of Therapies, Rehabilitation Centre Valens (Switzerland)


Dr. Ursula Costa

Team Leader Clinical Reasoning at Hocoma


Dr. Andreas Mayr

Head of Therapy, Hochzirl Hospital (Austria)


Dr. med. Elke Pucks-Faes

Director of Neurology Department, Hochzirl Hospital (Austria)


Prof. Roger Gassert

Associate Professor of Rehabilitation Engineering, ETH Zurich (Switzerland)


Dr. Deborah Backus (online)

President of ACRM, Director of MS Research, Shepherd Center, Atlanta (USA)


Dr. Liliana Paredes

Head of Robotic and Sport Department, Rehabilitation Clinic Zihlschlacht (Switzerland)


Dr. Daniel Zutter

Director of Neurology and Internal Medicine, Rehabilitation Clinic Zihlschlacht (Switzerland)


Prof. Nick Ward

UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (UK)


More speakers will be announced soon!


The Rehabilitation Centre Valens is part of the Clinics Valens group, together with other 4 centers in Switzerland plus one under construction. Clinics Valens are recognized as pioneers and opinion-formers in the Swiss rehabilitation field. Since 2003, the Rehabilitation Center Valens implements robotics and technology for rehabilitation and has been an innovator in the intelligent clinical integration of technology, therapy planning and development of clinical protocols.

Outpatient Center St. Gallen is part of the Clinics Valens group and it offers an interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation. Physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, neuropsychologists and doctors work hand in hand under one roof. The center offers state-of-the-art equipment in a very modern location.

University Children’s Hospital Zurich Rehabilitation Center Affoltern am Albis. The Children’s Hospital Zurich is the largest pediatric university hospital in Switzerland and one of the leading pediatric medical centers in Europe. Patients from newborns to 18­year­olds receive care at the hospital. The aim of the rehabilitation center in Affoltern am Albiscenter is to help the affected children and adolescents to become as independent as possible, thereby improving the quality of life of the whole family. The rehabilitation programs are continually being developed through the projects of the Pediatric Rehab Research Group, which focuses on robotic and computer-assisted movement therapy in a virtual environment.

The Rehabilitation Clinic Zihlschlacht specializes in the treatment of brain and nerve injured patients. For 30 years, the clinic and its employees have been focusing exclusively on the treatment and recovery of stroke, brain injuries and diseases. An interdisciplinary team of experienced neurorehabilitation specialists supports the patients over the entire time of their rehabilitation. As one of the leading speciality clinics for neurological rehabilitation, the Rehabilitation Clinic Zihlschlacht implements the most innovative therapeutic approaches and technologies, highly intensive and individualized therapy programs provided by experienced rehab professionals in interdisciplinary teams, strong partnerships and professional networks.

Hospital Hochzirl is part of the Tyrol Clinics group. The Department of Neurology at Hospital Hochzirl in Austria is a 74-bed unit for post-acute neurorehabilitation. Since 2002, the department is equipped with a robotic gym including four Lokomat, Erigo, Armeo, Amadeo and Hirob. Hochzirl successfully implements an efficient training setting combining different technologies with conventional therapy.

The outpatient center Revigo offers clients with physical limitations an efficient setting using the latest technology. Strong partners from industry, medicine and science have joined forces to shape the rehabilitation of tomorrow. Together, Hocoma, the Rehabilitation Center Zihlschlacht, Vamed and the ZHAW stand for competence and innovation in the development, integration and securing of forward-looking solutions in medical care.


Sneak peek at the program

Sunday, 23.02.2020, Bad Ragaz


  • Individual arrival to Zurich
  • 4 PM: Travel to Bad Ragaz with private bus


  • Welcome cocktail at Schloss Hotel Bad Ragaz

Monday, 24.02.2020, Valens



  • Travel to Innsbruck

Tuesday, 25.02.2020, Hochzirl


  • Reference Center: Hospital Hochzirl, Innsbruck, Austria
  • Expert Talks: Andreas Mayr, Elke Pucks-Faes


  • Travel to Zurich

Wednesday, 26.02.2020, St. Gallen, Zihlschlacht



Thursday, 27.02.2020, Zurich Area


  • Reference Center: Revigo, Volketswil
  • Visit of Hocoma HQ, Volketswil
  • Hands-on experience with Hocoma devices
  • Workshop on Clinical Integration of Technologies
  • Expert Talks: Deborah Backus (online), Roger Gassert, Ursula Costa


  • Networking Event: Hocoma Academy Dinner in Zurich

Friday, 28.02.2020, Affoltern am Albis



General information
  • Dates: 23-28 February 2020
  • Tickets: CHF 2500 per Person. Lunches, lodging in single rooms, social events, and travel between sites are included.
  • Registrationshere until 16th December 2019
  • Important: please note that your registration will be confirmed only after we receive the payment of the invoice. Therefore, it is imperative that you do not book your flight or make any other arrangements until we send you a written confirmation of acceptance. Cancellation and refund are not possible after the invoice has been paid.



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