Prof. Dr. Grégoire Courtine

Grégoire Courtine


Grégoire Courtine was trained in Mathematics and Physics, but received his PhD in Experimental Medicine from the Inserm Plasticity and Repair, France, in 2003. After a Post-doctoral training at Los Angeles (UCLA), he established his own laboratory at the University of Zurich in 2008. From 2011 to 2016, he held the International paraplegic foundation (IRP) chair in spinal cord repair. He received numerous honors such as the UCLA Chancellor’s award, the Schellenberg Prize for his advances in spinal cord repair, and three fellowships from the European Research Council (ERC). Several of his works received substantial coverage in the national and international media.


There are over 3,000 persons living with a spinal cord injury in Switzerland, and several million worldwide. Spinal cord injuries lead to a range of disabilities that seriously diminish the patient’s quality of life. Over the past 15 years, we implemented an unconventional research program with the aim to develop novel treatment paradigms to accelerate and augment motor recovery after spinal cord injury. Our therapeutic interventions are developed in rodents and optimized in non-human primates, but clinical trials are in the implementation phase.


Spinal cord injury, neural repair, neurorehabilitation, neuroprosthetics, brain-machine interface, robotic, neuronal recordings, optogenetic, EMG, kinematic, locomotion, neuromorphology, mice, rats, monkeys, humans.