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Dr. Marina Bruderer-Hofstetter

Dr. Marina Bruderer-Hofstetter

Dr. Marina Bruderer-Hofstetter

ZHAW School of Health Sciences
Institute of Physiotherapy
Katharina-Sulzer-Platz 9
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 43 03

Personal profile

Management role

Head of Research/Focus Area, Professional Development MSc in Physiotherapy ad int.

Position at the ZHAW


Expertise and research interests

Healthy ageing / geriatrics
Cognitive impairment (mild cognitive impairment; dementia)
Combined training interventions
(Instrumental) activities of daily living

Measurement theory and its application
Quantitative research methods

Educational background

2015 - 2021 (PhD) Health Sciences, Department Health Sciences and Medicine, University of Lucerne.Dissertation: Development of a protocol for a randomised feasibility study for a multicomponent intervention to improve instrumental activities of daily living in persons with mild cognitive impairment

2010 – 2013 Master of Science in Physiotherapy, Zurich University of Applied Sciences
Master Thesis: Gait deviations and compensations in adolescents with coxa antetorta

2000 – 2004 School of Physiotherapy, Schaffhausen

Professional Qualifications:
2021 - Masterclass «Implementation Science», University of Zurich
- GCP Course Level III, Clinical Trials Centre, University Hospital Zurich
2018 – 2019 Certificate of advanced studies (CAS)«Higher and professional education», Zentrum für innovative Didaktik, ZHAW
2017 «Training GCP Addendum», Clinical Trial Unit, Cantonal Hospital St.Gallen
2018 «Introduction to R for Data Analysis», University of Lucerne
2016 «Toolkit for Literature Research and Literature Management», University of Lucerne
Masterseminar «Operationalization of Health and Functioning», University of Lucerne
Masterseminar «Health Policy», University of Lucerne
Masterseminar «Research Design», University of Lucerne
2015 Masterseminar «Human Functioning Science», University of Lucerne
Masterseminar «Health Inequalities», University of Lucerne
Masterseminar «Stress, coping and health», University of Lucerne
2014 «Good Clinical Practise, Course Level I and II», Clinical Trial Unit, Cantonal Hospital St.Gallen
2009 «NTE "Reflective Practice - Understanding Science», ZHAW
2004 - 2009 Different Physiotherapy specific qualifications (Neurology, Pulmonology, Bobath Basic and Advanced Course, Respiratory Therapy, Lymphatic Drainage and Manual Therapy)

Professional milestones

09/2013 – 08/2019 Research Associate, Institute of Physiotherapy, ZHAW
10/2010 – 09/2013 Geriatric Clinic, Kompetenzzentrum Alter und Gesundheit St.Gallen, Physiotherapy
05/2005 – 10/2010 Cantonal Hospital St.Gallen, Physiotherapy
04/2004 – 10/2004 Cantonal Hospital St.Gallen, Physiotherapy

Institutional / Professional Responsibilities
09/2018 – 07/2021 Head Focus Area Professional Development, MSc in Physiotherapy at ZHAW in collaboration with BFH
09/2015 – 07/2019 Head Focus Area Allgemeine Physiotherapie, MSc in Physiotherapy at ZHAW in collaboration with BFH
10/2010 – 09/2013 Physiotherapist & Supervision of Physiotherapy students, Geriatric Clinic, Kompetenzzentrum Alter und Gesundheit, St.Gallen
05/2005 – 09/2010 In charge of Physiotherapy in Intensive care units, Physiotherapist & Supervision of Physiotherapy students; Cantonal Hospital St.Gallen
04/2004 – 10/2004 Physiotherapist; Cantonal Hospital St.Gallen

Research Internships
2012 Research internship, Institute of Physiotherapy, Research, ZHAW
2011 - 2012 Research internship, Laboratory for Movement Analysis, Foundation Children's Hospital St.Gallen, Eastern Switzerland

Membership of networks



Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed
Books and monographs, peer-reviewed
Conference contributions, peer-reviewed
Other publications
Oral conference contributions and abstracts