International Spinal Cord Injury Summer School

Zurich, Switzerland, June 16th – 21st 2024

Challenges in spinal cord injury research and clinical management 2024

This School is being hosted for the fifth time and is a joint initiative of Wings for Life and International Spinal Research Trust (Spinal Research). The aim is to review the neurobiology of neurological injury, with a particular focus on spinal cord injury.  

Acute neurological injury can lead to dramatic and irreversible consequences for individuals, and it is a cause of lifelong disability worldwide. It has a major impact not only on patients, but also on families and carers, and represents a significant burden in terms of health costs.

Clinical and basic science lectures, as well as workshops from distinguished specialists in the field will discuss merits and limitations of existing models of injury used in research. We will also present an overview, including demonstrations, of the key clinical issues in this field, and promising translational research avenues.

“I would strongly recommend this summer school for anyone involved in SCI research. The talks from world-leading experts were enlightening and I learnt a lot about the research area. The work of the clinicians working directly with SCI patients was truly inspirational.”

2016 Summer School, Germany

The school is designed to attract PhD students in their final years of doctoral studies and post-doctoral researchers in neuroscience and related fields, who have a particular interest in this topic.

During the school students will have the opportunity to present their own scientific work in a poster format. The emphasis throughout the school will be on interaction and scientific exchange with the faculty.


The Summer School will take place in Zurich, Switzerland, June 16th – 21st 2024. Check the location page for more details.

We will start on Sunday 16th with a casual dinner and have a full program until Friday 21st noon, including 25 talks, time to present your posters and work, visit to University Hospital Balgrist, social activities and free time.

The language of the school is English.

In the program page you will find further information:

Registration is closed 

If you have any question regarding your application you are very welcome to reach us by e-mail at


A team of professionals ranging from basic scientists to clinicians delivers a comprehensive and rich program.


Registration fee is 600 Pounds Sterling, which includes accommodation, breakfast, lunch and dinner for the duration of the school (from Sunday June 16th until Friday June 21st 2024) and all social activities, including transportation. Attendees are encouraged to secure their own funding including transportation.

An upgrade to a single room will cost 65.50 CHF per night.

After you have been accepted for the school, you will receive a confirmation including the bank account information (around 20th of April).

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