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Spinal Cord Injury Center, Research

Curt, Armin, Prof. Dr.


University of Zurich
Spinal Cord Injury Center, Research
Balgrist University Hospital
Forchstrasse 340, 8008 Zurich
Tel. +41 44 386 39 01
Email: Armin.Curt[at]

Curriculum vitae


  • 1987: Medical Degree, University of Cologne, D
  • 1984: Study Visit, John Hopkins University, USA
  • 1982: Study Visit, Government Hospital, Tel Aviv, IL
  • 1979-1986: Medical School, University of Cologne, D


  • 2009 - : Full Professor for Paraplegiology and Medical Director, Balgrist University Hospital, Spinal Cord Injury Center, University of Zurich, CH
  • 2005-2008: Associate Professor in Neurology and SCI Research, University of
    British Columbia, Vancouver, CA
  • 2005: Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for Neurology (FRCPC)
  • 2005: Associate Professor for Neurorehabilitation, University of Zurich, CH
  • 1999: Venia Legendi for Neurorehabilitation, University of Zurich, CH
  • 1993-2005: Spinal Cord Injury Center, Balgrist University Hospital, CH
  • 1992: Department of Psychiatry, University of Zurich, CH
  • 1987-1991: Department of Neurology and Neurophysiology, University of Cologne, D

Honors and Awards

  • Sir Ludwig Guttmann Lecture 2013 at ISCoS, Istanbul/TR
  • IRP Schellenberg Prize 2012
  • Sir Ludwig Guttmann award 2011 of the German Speaking Society of Paraplegia (DMGP)
  • Board of Directors of the Solutions Network in Spinal Cord Injury (SNSCI) of the Government of Canada 2009
  • Professional Award Division of Neurology / Department of Medicine, UBC, Vancouver, CA, 2008
  • Award of the American Cervical Spine Research Society 2006

Research interests

translational research in human SCI, neuro-rehabilitation, clinical neurophysiology, neuro-imaging in human SCI


  • Horizon 2020 (EU): NISCI Antibodies against Nogo-A to enhance regeneration and functional recovery after acute spinal cord injury, a multicenter European clinical proof of concept trial, 2016-2020
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF): SILENCE-Spinal Cord Injury-induced Systemic Maladaptve Immune Response and Autoimmunity to Central Nervous System Antigens - European Network Approach, 2017-2020
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF): hMRIofSCI-Understanding the mechanisms of atrophy associated with spinal cord injury: the application of MRI-based in vivo histology and ex vivo histology, 2017-2020
  • Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF): Impact of deafferentation on descending pain control systems, 2017-2020
  • European Multicenter Study about Spinal Cord Injury (EMSCI): Establishing a multi-center basis for future therapeutic interventions in human spinal cord injury, 2001-2026(Chair)
  • Klinischer Forschungsschwerpunkt (KFSP), Medizinische Fakultät, Universität Zürich, Neuro-Rehabilitation: Strategies for Customized Treatments, 2012-2018 (RITZ proposal)
  • Klinischer Forschungsschwerpunkt (KFSP), Medizinische Fakultät, Universität Zürich: Pain, 2019-2021