The Spinal Cord Injury Center of Heidelberg University Hospital - the oldest medical faculty in Germany - was founded in 1962 and represents the only academic center focused on SCI in Germany (clinical director: Prof. Dr. Norbert Weidner).
The center hosts 62 beds for in-patient treatment focusing on the acute care as well as the comprehensive rehabilitation of SCI patients. All relevant diagnostic and treatment modalities are available at the site. In the year 2014 an overall number of 800 patients came to the hospital, 420 on an outpatient basis.
The multidisciplinary research group “Experimental Neurorehabilitation” integrated in the SCI center focuses on the application of innovative engineering methods for improved neurorehabilitation of individuals with spinal cord injury. Among those methods are locomotion robotics, neuroprosthesis mainly for the upper extremity, human-machine interfaces including non-invasive recordings of muscle activities and brain-computer interfaces, assistive technology and clinical assessments. The group has been involved in research related to the clinical evaluation and technical development of robotic therapy devices from the very first hour as well as on neuroprosthesis based on functional electrical stimulation (FES). UKL-HD participated in many nationally and internationally funded research projects and was work package leader in the European Integrated Project TOBI (Tools for Brain Computer Interaction).