cereneo, the clinic

that creates progress

The clinic that creates freedom
The clinic that creates freedom

cereneo is a Swiss research facility and clinic specialised in neurorehabilitation.

Personal therapy and modern training and measurement processes are combined to create a customised therapy concept, in order to give you back a high level of independence, freedom to organise your daily life and a high quality of life.

Prof. Dr. Med. Andreas R. Luft

"My years of research and experience have confirmed to me that patients who have suffered a brain lesion or stroke need customised, continual and empathetic support to achieve the best possible recovery. At cereneo we perform research into new measurement and therapy procedures. Based on this we create a customised and intensive therapy programme for alleviating the disability. I am convinced that this enables us to achieve the greatest amount of independence and best quality of life for the patients. The successes of our treatments motivate not just as a team every day but also the patients and their social environment, which is a critical factor in the recovery process."

Professor Dr. Med. Andreas R. Luft, Medical Director at cereneo, Professor at Zurich University and Head of the Stroke Centre at the University Hospital of Zurich.

cereneo therapy concept

Neurological illness / acute treatment

Damage to the central nervous system often influences different bodily functions and results in disabilities with direct and indirect consequences for many areas of daily life. This damage can arise, amongst other things, as a result of strokes, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease or craniocerebral injury.


The aim of neurorehabilitation is to rectify or alleviate this damage.

In order to identify the areas to be trained, the process starts with the doctor and therapist carefully recording the symptoms and performing an exact analysis of the deficits.

The complexity of the limitations and their interactions always requires an interdisciplinary approach to therapy, whereby the different professional groups work closely together: movement therapy, speech therapy, swallowing therapy, training thoughts and memory in neuropsychology, clinical-neurological support and specialist neurorehabilitation care.

Patient's goal

cereneo's overriding goal is to work together with patients and their relatives to achieve the greatest degree of independence in the patient's living situation and continually improve their quality of life. The goals of the therapy are defined taking into account the patient's moral views and individual wishes.


The brain has the ability - albeit limited - to heal itself. This ability must be used in a targeted manner, supported and accelerated through the neurorehabilitative therapy. The brain of an older person is also capable of learning, provided that it receives appropriate stimuli. The ability to learn can be exploited to relearn lost functions.

Supporting the ability to self heal and relearning functions requires training. The more intensive the training, the more effective it is. Targeted training oriented around daily life has a greater benefit for the patient. In order to identify the areas to be trained, the process starts with the doctor and therapist carefully recording symptoms and analysing precisely the deficits.

After carefully analysing the symptoms, a patient-specific therapy programme is developed. The individual goals of the patient and their relatives and the individual motivation for the process of change are taken into special consideration here.

The therapy combines various procedures, including the so-called forced use concept (whereby individual movement patterns can be modified in a targeted manner), robot-supported training of precision movements in the arms and the walking movements of the legs, therapy in water and combination therapies e.g. combined cognitive, speech and movement training.

    The aim is to achieve the greatest possible therapy intensity (duration and complexity) depending on the patient's ability and motivation
    The patient's motivation is the critical criterion and continual feedback on progress is essential for this
    A Swiss team of neurologists, neuropsychologists, specialists in rehabilitative care, speech therapists, movement therapists (occupational therapists and physiotherapists) and nutritionists continually coordinate with one another
    The latest scientific findings and the use of countless highly modern and self-developed robotic devices are involved in the treatment


  • During the course of the treatment continual measurements and assessments illustrate the recovery progress.
  • If adjustments are required, the symptoms are reassessed and corresponding therapy measures identified. The effectiveness of these measures is again reviewed.
  • At the end of their rehabilitation stay at cereneo a comprehensive and critical evaluation is undertaken, together with the patient, of the goals achieved, degree of independence and quality of life.
Testimonial Ernestina Türkoglu

"In early 2016, I received urgent treatment at the University Hospital of Zurich following a stroke and got to know Professor Dr. Luft. After the urgent treatment in Zurich I decided to undergo rehabilitation treatment in Vitznau. I was, and remain, very impressed by the clinic, the team of qualified Swiss therapists and their flexibility. The location and atmosphere are unique and enable patients to "feel at home." My approach to life of "looking forward in a positive manner" helps me not to give up and to keep going. And at cereneo patients are encouraged to make the best progress possible every day."

Ernestina Türkoglu

Therapy pool
Therapy pool


Thursday, 16.03.2017

16 Mar 2017

CRPP Neuro-Rehab

The International symposium on "Neuro-Rehabilitation: Strategies for Customized Treatments" will take place at Campus Hotel Hertenstein from March 16-17, 2017.

Operator: CRPP Neuro-Rehab (Clinical Research Priority Program, University of Zurich) 

" The Clinical Research Priority Program (CRPP) is a part of the Faculty of Medicine's efforts to promote strategic areas of research for the Faculty of Medicine and University Medicine Zurich. The CRPP builds on the University's excellent reputation in research and teaching, and attach great value to knowledge exchange between basic research, applied research and clinical care. The program's goals include promoting selected – primarily clinical – areas of research in University Medicine and establishing effective networks within them. In addition, the programs are committed to supporting junior scholars.”

cereneo is proud to be part of this. Research associates as well as therapists of cereneo, especially Prof. Andreas Luft, medical director and Dr. Kai Lutz, scientific director of cereneo will be present at the symposium.

Further information about the event can be found under www.neuro-rehab.uzh.ch or can be downloaded as flyer.

Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Christine Ackermann () if you require further information.

Campus Hotel Hertenstein
Hertensteinstrasse 156
6353 Weggis

Info text: How do I recognise a stroke


In the event of a suspected stroke, ask the person to
- smile, 
- talk, 
- raise their arms, and
- stick out their tongue
If they can't do some of these things, call the emergency doctor immediately and describe the symptoms.