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Prof. Dr. Markus Wirz

Prof. Dr. Markus Wirz

Prof. Dr. Markus Wirz
ZHAW School of Health Professions
Institute of Physiotherapy
Technikumstrasse 71
8400 Winterthur

+41 (0) 58 934 63 21

Personal profile

Management role

Head, Research and Development, Institute of Physiotherapy

Expertise and research interests

- Assessments und clinical tests for physiotherapy
- Rehabilitation of Patients with spinal cord injury
- Training of locomotor function
- Integration of new Technologies in rehabilitation

Educational background

1991 School of Physiotherapy, University Hospital Zurich: dipl. physical therapist
2008 Master of Physical Therapy Science
2013 Universty of Maastricht: PhD (Ambulatory rehabilitation in patients with spinal cord injury-A clinical perspective)

Professional milestones

2002-2014 University Hospital Balgrist, Spinal Cord Injury Centre: Head Physiotherapy
1999-2005 Lecturer at School of Physiotherapy, University Hospital Berne
2009- Lecturer at ZHAW

Membership of networks



Articles in scientific journal, peer-reviewed Books and monographs, peer-reviewed
  • Wirz, Markus; Köhler, Barbara; Marks, Detlef; Kool, Jan; Sattelmayer, Martin; Oesch, Peter; Hilfiker, Roger; Rogan, Slavko; Schädler, Stefan; Verra, Martin; Lüthi, Hansjörg,


    Lehrbuch Assessments in der Rehabilitation.

    1. Auflage.


    Hans Huber.

    Assessments in der Rehabilitation.

    ISBN 978-3-456-85206-5.

Book parts, peer-reviewed
  • Wirz, Markus; van Hedel, Hubertus,


    Balance, gait, and falls in spinal cord injury



    Day, Brian L.; Lord, Stephen R., eds.,

    Balance, gait, and falls.


    pp. 367-384.

    Handbook of clinical neurology ; 159.

  • Wirz, Markus; Rupp, Rüdiger,


    Applications issues for robotics



    Reinkensmeyer, David J.; Dietz, Volker, eds.,

    Neurorehabilitation technology.


    pp. 141-160.

  • Esquenazi, Alberto; Maier, Irin; Aurich Schuler, Tabea; Beer, Serafin; Borggraefe, Ingo; Campen, Katrin; Luft, Andreas; Manoglu, Dimitrios; Meyer-Heim, Andreas; Spiess, Martina; Wirz, Markus,


    Clinical application of robotics and technology in restoration of walking



    David J., Reinkensmeyer; Volker, Dietz, eds.,

    Neurorehabilitation technology.


    pp. 223-248.

  • Dietz, Volker; Wirz, Markus,





    Strubreither, Wilhelm; Neikes, Martina; Stirnimann, Daniel; Eisenhuth, Jörg; Schulz, Barbara; Lude, Peter, eds.,

    Klinische Psychologie bei Querschnittlähmung : psychologische und psychotherapeutische Interventionen bei psychischen, somatischen und psychosozialen Folgen.



    pp. 75-92.

    Available from:

  • Wirz, Markus; Rutz-La Pitz, Louise,


    The influence of age on neurorehabilitation



    Ward, Nick; Dietz, Volker, eds.,

    Oxford textbook of neurorehabilitation.


    Oxford University Press.

    pp. 46-54.

    Oxford textbooks in clinical neurology.

Conference contributions, peer-reviewed Other publications Oral conference contributions and abstracts Publications before appointment at the ZHAW

Original journal papers

Wirz M, Bastiaenen C, deBie R, Dietz V. Effectiveness of Automated Locomotor Training in Patients with Acute Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: A Randomized Controlled Multicenter Trial.BMC Neurol. 2011 May 27;11:60. (IF 2010: 2.797)

Kloter E, Wirz M, Dietz V. Locomotion in stroke subjects: interactions between unaffected and affected sides. Brain. 2011 Mar;134(Pt 3):721-31. (IF 2010: 9.232)

Spreyermann R, Lüthi H, Michel F, Baumberger ME, Wirz M, Mäder M. Long-term follow-up of patients with spinal cord injury with a new ICF-based tool. Spinal Cord. 2011 Feb;49(2):230-5. (IF: 1.826)

Wirz M, Zörner B, Rupp R, Dietz V.Outcome after incomplete spinal cord injury: central cord versus Brown-Sequard syndrome. Spinal Cord. 2010 May;48(5):407-14. (IF: 1.826)

Jakob W, Wirz M, van Hedel HJ, Dietz V; EM-SCI Study Group.Difficulty of elderly SCI subjects to translate motor recovery¯¯"body function"¯¯into daily living activities. J Neurotrauma. 2009 Nov;26(11):2037-44. (IF: 4.255)

Wirz M, Müller R, Bastiaenen C.Falls in persons with spinal cord injury: validity and reliability of the Berg Balance Scale. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2010 Jan;24(1):70-7. (IF: 3.772)

Lam T, Wirz M, Lünenburger L, Dietz V. Swing phase resistance enhances flexor muscle activity during treadmill locomotion in incomplete spinal cord injury. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2008 Sep-Oct;22(5):438-46. (IF: 3.618)

van Hedel HJ, Wirz M, Dietz V. Standardized assessment of walking capacity after spinal cord injury: The European network approach. Neurol Res. 2008; 30(1):61-73. (IF: 1.634)

Wirz M, van Hedel HJ, Rupp R, Curt A, Dietz V, EMSCI Study Group. Muscle Force and Gait Performance: Relationships after Spinal Cord Injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2006 Sep;87(9):1218-22. (IF: 1.573)

van Hedel HJ, Wirz M, Curt A. Improving walking assessment in subjects with an incomplete spinal cord injury: responsiveness.Spinal Cord. 2006 Jun;44(6):352-6. (IF: 1.791)

Wirz M, Zemon DH, Rupp R, Scheel A, Colombo G, Dietz V, Hornby TG. Effectiveness of an Automated Locomotor Training in Patients with a Chronic Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury: A Multicenter Trial. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2005 Apr;86(4):672-80. (IF: 1.734)

HJ.A. van Hedel, M. Wirz, V. Dietz. Assessing walking ability in subjects with a spinal cord injury: Validity and reliability of walking tests. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2005;86:190-6. (IF: 1.734)

Jarchow T, Wirz M, Haslwanter T, Dietz V, and Straumann D. Perceived Horizontal Body Position in Healthy and Paraplegic Subjects: Effect of Centrifugation. J Neurophysiol 2003 Nov;90(5):2973-7. (IF: 3.876)

Wirz M, Colombo G, Dietz V. Long Term Effects of Locomotor Training in Spinal Humans. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2001 Jul;71(1):93-6. (IF: 3.024)

Colombo G, Wirz M, Dietz V. Driven gait orthosis for improvement of locomotor training in paraplegic patients. Spinal Cord. 2001 May;39(5):252-5. (IF: 0.962)

Dietz V, Nakazawa K, Wirz M, Erni T. Level of spinal cord lesion determines locomotor activity in spinal man. Exp Brain Res. 1999 Oct;128(3):405-9. (IF: 2.246) 20.10.2013 │ 3

Dietz V, Wirz M, Curt A, Colombo G. Locomotor pattern in paraplegic patients: training effects and recovery of spinal cord function. Spinal Cord. 1998 Jun;36(6):380-90. (IF: 0.608)

Dietz V, Wirz M, Colombo G, Curt A. Locomotor capacity and recovery of spinal cord function in paraplegic patients: a clinical and electrophysiological evaluation. Electroencephalogr Clin Neurophysiol. 1998 Apr;109(2):140-53. (IF: 2.450)

Colombo G, Wirz M, Dietz V. Effect of locomotor training related to clinical and electrophysiological examinations in spinal cord injured humans. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 1998 Nov 16;860:536-8. (IF: 0.959)

Dietz V, Wirz M, Jensen L. Locomotion in patients with spinal cord injuries. Phys Ther. 1997 May;77(5):508-16. Review. (IF: 1.192)

Book contributions

Wirz M, Rutz-La Pitz. The influence of age on neurorehabilitation. Neurorehabilition (Oxford Textbook in Clinical Neurology), accepted for publication.

Markus Wirz, Barbara Köhler, Detlef Marks, Jan Kool, Martin Sattelmayer, Peter Oesch, Roger Hilfiker, Rogan Slavko, Stefan Schädler. Lehrbuch-Assessment in der Rehabilitation. Verlag Hans Huber, Bern 2014.

Starkey ML, Wirz M, Kessler TM, Curt A. Chapter 7 – Principles of spinal cord rehabilitation. In Critical Care In Spinal Cord Injury. Editor: Michael G Fehlings, Future Medicine, London, UK.

M. Wirz and V. Dietz. Concepts of aging with paralysis: implications for recovery and treatment. Handbook of Clinical Neurology, Spinal Cord Injury, Elsevier, 2011, Handb Clin Neurol. 2012;109:77-84.

Wirz M and Rupp R. Applications issues for robotics. Neurorehabilitation technology, Volker Dietz, Zev Rymer and Tobias Nef, Editors. 2012, Springer.

Maier I.C., Beer S., Borggraefe I., Campen K., Luft A., Manoglous D., Meyer-Heim A., Schuler T., Wirz M. Transfer of Technology into Clinical Applications. Neurorehabilitation technology, edited by Volker Dietz, Zev Rymer and Tobias Nef, Editors. 2012, Springer.

Stefan Schädler, Jan Kool, Hansjörg Lüthi, Detlef Marks, Peter Oesch, Adrian Pfeffer, Markus Wirz. Assessments in der Rehabilitation; Band 1: Neurologie. Verlag Hans Huber, Bern. Juni 2009.
Schädler St, Kool J, Lüthi HJ, Marks D, Oesch P, Pfeffer A und Wirz M. Assessments in der Neurorehabilitation. Bern: Hans-Huber Verlag. 2006.