Prof. Dr. med. Volker Dietz Facharzt für Neurologie FMH

Prof. Dr. med. Volker Dietz
Facharzt für Neurologie FMH


Biografische Angaben



1965 - 1971   Medizinstudium
  Universität von Tübingen, Wien, Freiburg


1970 - 1975   Neurologie: Klinik für Neurologie and Neurophysiologie,
    Universität Freiburg
1973 - 1974   Klinik für Psychiatrie, Universität Freiburg


1972 - 1973   Spezialisierung in Elektroencephalographie (EEG)
1973 - 1974   Spezialisierung in Eletromyographie
1976 - 1977   Spezialisierung in Neuroradiologie
1978   Spezialisierung in Dopplersonographie

Abschlüsse und Diplome

1971   Staatsexamen Medizin
1975   Facharzt Neurologie
1972 - 1973   EEG-Spezialisierung
1973 - 1974   EMG-Spezialisierung
1973   Berechtigung zur Ausbildung in EEG und EMG
    der Deutschen EEG-Gesellschaft
1975   Facharzt Neurologie

Frühere Positionen

1974 - 1992   Leiter des EMG-Labors
1977 - 1992   Dozent und Oberarzt
    Klinik für Neurologie and Neurophysiologie,
    Universität Freiburg
1977 - 1992   Titular-Professor
    Klinik für Neurologie and Neurophysiologie,
    Universität Freiburg
1977   Gastdozent am National Institute für Neurologie,
    Queen Square, London (DFG Stipendium)
1979   Gastdozent an der Academy of Sciences of the USSR
    (Moskau, Prof. Gurfinkel,
    Institute of the Problems of Information Transmission)
1992 - 2009   Direktor des Paraplegikerzentrums und Lehrstuhlinhaber,
    Universität Zürich
2002   - 2003   Gast-Professor im Miami Project to Cure Paralysis,
    Universität von Miami
2009   Professor emeritus (Ordinarius) der Universität Zürich

Gegenwärtige Position:

Seit 2009   Facharzt für Neurologie
    PRODORSO Zentrum für Wirbelsäulenmedizin

Positionen in Fachgesellschaften

1982 - 1986   Sekretär des Sonderforschungsbereichs "Brain Research"
1986 - 1992   Vorstandsmitglied des Sonderforschungsbereichs "Brain Research"
Seit 1978   Gutachter der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft
1978 - 1985   Gutachter der VW-Stiftung
Seit 1997   Gutachter Schweizer Nationalfonds
1985 - 1995   Gutachter Dänischer Nationalfonds
1998   Gutachter Britischer Forschungsfonds (MRC)
1997 - 1999   Gutachter der NASA/ESA
1999 -2009   Gutachter der Europäische Forschungkomission
Seit 1999   Forschungskommittee "International Spinal Research Trust"
Seit 1995   Forschungsbeirat 'International Collaboration
    on Repair Discoveries' (ICOS) in Vancouver


Seit 1974   Deutsche EEG-Gesellschaft
Seit 1975   Deutsche Neurologie Gesellschaft
Seit 1976   Royal Society of Medicine (FRCP)
Seit 1977   Physiological Society (England)
Seit 1992   International Medical Society of Paraplegia
Seit 1995   Schweizer Gesellschaft für Neurowissenschaft

Preise und Auszeichnungen

1998   "Preis der Hoffnung" (DM 50'000.-) vom Deutschen Forschungsrat
2001   Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians
2004   Bauer Rehabilitation Preis der Deutschen Neurologengesellschaft
2006   Sobek Preis (EUR 100'000.-)
2007   Hans Berger Preis der Deutschen Gesellschaft für klinische Neurophysiologie


266   Originalarbeiten

Wichtigsten Publikationen:

    van Hedel HJA, Murer C, Dietz V, Curt A (2007) The amplitude of lower leg motor evoked potentials is a reliable measure when controlled for torque and motor task. Journal of Neurology 254: 1089-1098.
    van Hedel HJA, Dietz V, Curt A (2007) Assessment of walking speed and distance in subjects with an incomplete spinal cord injury. Neurorehabilitaton and Neural Repair 21: 295-301.
    Fawcett JW, Curt A, Steeves JD, Coleman WP, Tuszynski MH, Lammertse D, Bartlett PF, Blight AR, Dietz V, Ditunno J, Dobkin BH, Havton LA, Ellaway PH, Fehlings MG, Privat A, Grossmann R, Guest JD, Kleitman N, Nakamura M, Gaviria M, Short D (2007) Guidelines for the conduct of clinical trials for spinal cord injury as developed by the ICCP panel: spontaneous recovery after spinal cord injury and statistical power needed for therapeutic clinical trials. Spinal Cord 45: 190-205.
    Steeves JD, Lammertse D, Curt A, Fawcett JW, Tuszynski MH, Ditunno JF, Ellaway PH, Fehlings MG, Guest JD, Kleitman N, Bartlett PF, Blight AR, Dietz V, Dobkin BH, Grossman R, Short D, Nakamura M, Coleman WP, Gaviria M, Privat A (2007) Guidelines for the conduct of clinical trials for spinal cord injury (SCI) as developed by the ICCP panel: clinical trial outcome measures. Spinal Cord 45: 206-21.
    Tuszynski MH, Steeves JD, Fawcett JW, Lammertse D, Kalichman M, Rask C, Curt A, Ditunno JF, Fehlings MG, Guest JD, Ellaway PH, Kleitman N, Barlett PF, Blight AR, Dietz V, Dobkin BH, Grossman R, Privat A (2007) Guidelines for the conduct of clinical trials for spinal cord injury as developed by the ICCP Panel: clinical trial inclusion/exclusion criteria and ethics. Spinal Cord 45: 222-31.
    Egli D, Hausmann O, Schmid MR, Boos N, Dietz V, Curt A (2007) Lumbar spinal canal stenosis: Assessment of cauda equina affection by electrophysiological recordings. Journal of Neurology 254: 741 – 750.
    Michel J, van Hedel HJA, Dietz V (2007) Facilitation of spinal reflexes assists performing but not learning a precision locomotor task. European Journal of Neuroscience 26: 1299-1306.
    Dietz V, Sinkjaer T (2007) Spastic movement disorder: impaired reflex function and altered muscle mechanics. Lancet Neurology 6: 725 – 733.
    Field-Fote EC, Dietz V (2007) Single joint perturbation during gait: Preserved compensatory response pattern in spinal cord injured subjects. Clinical Neurophysiology 118: 1607-1616.
    Buchli A, Rouiller E, Müller R, Dietz V, Schwab ME (2007) Repair of the injured spinal cord. A joint approach of basic and clinical research. Neurodegenerative Diseases 4: 51-56.
    Marques B, Colombo G, Müller R, Dürsteler MR, Dietz V, Straumann D (2007) Influence of vestibular and visual stimulation on split-belt walking. Experimental Brain Research 183: 457-463.
    Siekierka EM, Eng K, Bassetti C, Blickensdorfer A, Cameiraro MS, Dietz V, et al. (2007) New technologies and concepts for rehabilitation in the acute phase of stroke: A collabotative matrix. Neurodegenerative Diseases 4: 57-69.
    Wirth B, van Hedel HJA, Kometer B, Dietz V, Curt A (2008) Changes in activity after complete spinal cord injury as measured by the Spinal Cord Independence Measure II (SCIM II). Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 22: 145-153.
    van Hedel HJA, Wirz M, Dietz V (2008) Standardized assessments of walking capacity after spinal cord injury: The European network approach. Journal of Neurological Research 30: 61-73.
    Dietz V (2008) Studies on the spastic rat: An adequate model for human spastic movement disorder? Journal of Neurophysiology 99: 1039-1040.
    Lam T, Wirz M, Lünenburger L, Dietz V (2008) Swing phase resistance enhances flexor muscle activity during treadmill locomotion in incomplete spinal cord injury. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 22:438-446.
    Bachmann V, Müller R, van Hedel HJA Dietz V (2008) Vertical pertubations of human gait: Organisation and adaptation of leg muscle responses. Experimental Brain Research 186: 123-130.
    Curt A., van Hedel HJA, Klaus D, Dietz V (2008) Recovery from a spinal cord injury: Significance of compensation, neural pasticity and repair. Journal of Neurotrauma 25: 677-685.
    Dietz V (2008) Body weight supported gait training: From laboratory to clinical setting. Brain Research Bulletin 76: 459-463.
    Michel J, van Hedel HJA, Dietz V (2008) Obstacle stepping involves spinal anticipatory activity associated with quadrupedal limb coordination. European Journal of Neuroscience 27: 1867-1875.
    Banz R, Bolliger M, Colombo G, Dietz V, Lünenburger L (2008) Computerized Visual feedback: An adjunct to robotic-assisted gail training. Physical Therapy 88: 1135-1145.
    Dietz V (2008). Ready for human spinal cord repair? Brain 131:2240-2242.
    Dietz V, Michel J (2008) Locomotion in Parkinson's disease: Neuronal coupling of upper and lower limbs. Brain 131: 3421-3431.
    Bolliger M, Banz R, Dietz V, Lünenburger L (2008). Standardized voluntary force measurement in a lower extremity rehabilitation robot. Journal of Neuro-Engineering and Rahabilitation 5:23.
    Maric O, Zörner B, Dietz V (2008). Levodopa therapy in incomplete spinal cord injury. Neurotrauma 25:1303-1307.
    Michel J, Benninger D, Dietz V, van Hedel HJA (2009) Obstacle stepping in patients with Parkinson's disease: Complexity does influence performance. Journal of Neurology 256: 457-463.
    van Hedel HJA, Dietz V and the EMSCI-Study group (2009) Walking during daily life can be validly and responsively assessed in subjects with a spinal cord injury. Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair 23: 117-124.
    Dietz V, Michel J (2009) Human bipeds use quadrupedal coordination during locomotion. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1164: 97-103.
    Wydenkeller S, Maurizio S, Dietz V, Halder P (2009) Neuropathic pain in spinal cord injury: Significance of clinical and electrophysiological measures. European Journal of Neurosience 30: 91-99.
    Jakob W, Wirz M, van Hedel HJA, Dietz V (2009) Difficulty of elderly spinal cord injured subjects to translate motor recovery – body function - into activity of daily living. Journal of Neurotrauma 26:2037-2044.
    Petersen J, Schubert M, Dietz V (2010) The occurrence of the Babinski sign in complete spinal cord injury. Journal of Neurology 257:38-43.
    Dietz V, Grillner S, Trepp A, Hubli M, Bolliger M (2009) Changes in spinal reflex and locomotor activity after a complete spinal cord injury: A common mechanism? Brain 132: 2196-2205.
    Zörner B, Blanckenhorn WU, Dietz V, EM-SCI Study group, Curt A (2009) Clinical algorithm for improved prediction of ambulation and patient stratification after incomplete spinal cord injury. Journal of Neurotrauma (in press).
    Laurens J, Awai L, Bockisch CJ, Hegemann S, van Hedel H, Dietz V, Straumann D (2009) Visual contribution to postural stability: Interaction between target fixation or tracking and static or dynamic large-field stimulus. Gait&Posture (in press).
    Wirz M, Zörner B, Rupp R, Dietz V (2009) Outcome after incomplete spinal cord injury: Central cord versus Brown-Sequard syndrome. Spinal Cord (in press).
    Petersen JA, Spiess M, Curt A, Dietz V, Schubert M (2009) Evolution of leg motor evoked potentials and motor recovery after spinal cord injury. Clinical Neurophysiology (in press).
    Dietz V (2010) Behavior of spinal neurons deprived of supraspinal input. Nature Reviews Neurology (in press).
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