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cereneo is one of the world’s leading clinics in the field of stroke, trauma and brain disease rehabilitation. Our patients receive a personally tailored treatment plan, including the latest therapy methods and innovative technology.

Outcomes in stroke rehabilitation depend on motivation

Every stroke rehabilitation programme is a long journey, but patients can utilise their full recovery potential and reach their goals faster, if they are motivated!

A neurorehabilitation programme can feel like training for a marathon. It is exhausting. Sometimes even painful. And it is likely that the patient’s motivation weakens after a while. This is why we optimised our training programme to make it as effective and as pleasant as possible.  We support the motivation of our patients by providing feedback about improvements, by giving specific rewards and by creating a joyful environment. However, we will always put your progress first, even if it is hard for you – we will convince you not to lose focus on long-term and sustainable goals.

Our Approach

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More therapists mean more support to reach your goals

Compared to other stroke rehabilitation clinics, patients at cereneo can rely on more nurses and therapists who care for them. Our clinic has 3 times as many therapists as patients. This means that we are able to provide more one-on-one therapy and can react quickly to the patient's needs.

Gait analysis in stroke rehabilitation

We turn research into practice

cereneo cooperates with the University of Zurich, the cereneo Institute for Interdisciplinary Research (cefir) and a network of international partners to conduct clinical and basic research in the field of neurorehabilitation. Innovative diagnostic testing and analysis of neurological deficits are researched and new therapeutic approaches and devices are tested. Based on our research expertise we use a scientific approach to clinical neurorehabilitation, that is, to first understand the patient’s deficit, then treat it specifically and continuously test whether the treatment works.

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An interdisciplinary concept for the best possible recovery

The cereneo treatment concept is based on interdisciplinary collaboration combining personalised and highly intense treatment, using innovative technology and including the patient’s social environment.

Our Mission

Prof. Dr. Andreas Luft

cereneo aims to explore and research the full potential of neurorehabilitation, to make it accessible to patients as early as possible.

Prof. Dr. Andreas Luft


Medical Professionals
Prof. Dr. med. Andreas R. Luft

Prof. Luft is a neurologist and clinical scientist, Professor at Zurich University and Medical Director at cereneo. He also runs the Stroke Centre at the University Hospital of Zurich.

He is known internationally for his research in the field of neurorehabilitation. As the creator of the medical and scientific concept of cereneo, he is convinced that patients who have suffered brain injury or a stroke need constant and empathetic support based on the latest clinical findings in order to make the best possible recovery.

  • Degree in Human Medicine at Tubingen University, Germany (1991-1998)
  • Training in Neurology at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA and Tubingen University, Germany (1998-2005)
  • Assistant Professor for Clinical Neurorehabilitation at Zurich University (2008-2013)
  • Professor for Vascular Neurology and Rehabilitation at Zurich University (since 2014)
  • associated Professor at D-HEST at ETH Zurich (since June 2016)


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The idea

The field of neurorehabilitation is not yet making full use of its potential to improve neurological disability. A better understanding of the physiological processes of recovering and learning in the brain, the use of new procedures and a higher therapy intensity (longer therapy duration) offer the prospect of improved recovery after damage to the brain. The foundation, Michael Horacek and Prof. Andreas Luft discuss existing institutions, concepts and the need for a neurorehabilitation clinic.

Development work

A needs analysis and business case for the clinic in Vitznau are created together with specialist partners from the fields of hospital planning, the insurance industry, science and many other experts. This is followed by many discussions with insurance companies, doctors, health authorities and personnel development specialists. The vision of a clinic with a new therapy concept, where all patients are treated equally and there are no differences between insured patients and those paying themselves, starts to take shape.

The foundation

After a two year preparation phase, cereneo AG was founded in Vitznau in April 2012. The new neurorehabilitation clinic is the first new provider in this segment for decades. The differences from the other providers in the canton are clear to see. The architecture and facilities were created with great attention to detail and with the aim of providing excellent neurorehabilitation. At cereneo there is a lot of space and facilities - this is done in the interest of the patients and their relatives.

The opening

cereneo opened its doors to patients for the first time in 2013. At this time the team at cereneo consisted of 16 people. For the carers, therapists, doctors and all of the other employees it was the start of an exciting journey towards building a new clinic with a new structure and new concepts. Evidence for the ideas was sought.

Proof of concept

The clinic is now established. At the start of the year there are 10 carers, 14 movement therapists and 2 doctors working in the medical area. The scientific advisory board is set up. Three members are appointed (Professor Nick Ward, University College of London, Great Britain; Professor Gert Kwakkel, VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Professor Jon Krakauer, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA).

Opening of the first branch

Many of cereneo's patients come from Arabian countries. To allow more patients to profit from our unique approach, and to enable a better follow-up training, cereneo and August Medical founded a new outpatient facility in Dubai, UAE. August Medical cereneo - Center for Neurological Rehabilitation was officially inaugurated under the patronage and attendance of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development.

Join our Team!

cereneo is continually looking for highly qualified personnel working for either our medical team or administration. Find out more about our open positions here. Unsolicited applications to are also very welcome!

CSO (Chief Sales Officer) m/f

You inspire People; you have entrepreneurial thinking and the will to innovate? You want to set the right impulses for new and successful sales structres with us? Then you have come to the right place! To establish our new Holding we are looking for an international experienced CSO (Chief Sales Officer) m/f in Vitznau/Hertenstein, effective immediately or by arrangement.

CFO (Chief Financial Officer) m/f

Do you have the necessary vision? Are you a strong entrepreneurial strategist with a clear vision and goal oriented implementation strenght? Then you have come to the right place! To establish our new Holding we are looking for an international experienced CFO (Chief Financial Officer) m/f in Vitznau/Hertenstein, effective immediately or by arrangement.