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Spinal Cord Injury Center, Research

Filli, Linard PD Dr.


Linard Filli


University of Zurich
Spinal Cord Injury Center, Research
Balgrist University Hospital
Forchstrasse 340, 8008 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 510 72 12
Email: linard.filli[at]

Curriculum vitae

Linard Filli completed his PhD in the group of Prof. Martin E. Schwab at the Brain Research Institute of the University and ETH Zurich. During his doctoral thesis, he investigated the structural and functional plasticity of the descending motor systems and intraspinal networks after experimental, incomplete spinal cord injury (SCI) using cutting-edge neuroanatomical tracing techniques and intraspinal electrophysiology.

In 2012, Linard Filli followed the path of translation and moved to the Locomotion Research Laboratory of University Hospital Zurich for a postdoctoral position. Here, he participated in several clinical trials as well as basic research projects focusing on neural control mechanisms underlying locomotion in healthy volunteers and patients with multiple sclerosis, neuromuscular disorders and stroke. He was Scientific Head of the Locomotion Research Laboratory from 2016 - 2018 and was involved in the formation of the Clinical Locomotion Unit at the Department of Neurology.

In October 2018, Linard Filli moved to the Balgrist University Hospital where he currently leads a research group consisting of 3 PhD students, a scientific associate and several master students. His research group is interested in the neural control of movements and the neural mechanisms underlying functional recovery after spinal cord injury (SCI). One research area of interest aims at gaining more insights into the contribution of the reticulospinal system to the control of different movements (simple vs. complex, coordinative movements). Additionally, he is interested in the neuroplastic rearrangements of the main descending motor systems (i.e. cortico- and reticulospinal system) and how their neuroplastic re-weighting contributes to functional recovery in subjects with SCI. Linard Filli is Head of the Swiss Center for Movement Analysis (SCMA) of the Balgrist Campus.


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