We unite people and ideas to advance understanding of the brain and drive development of transformative bio and neurotechnologies.
From genes to the whole brain, the Wyss Center unifies neuroscience at all scales. By pursuing innovations and new approaches in neurobiology, neuroimaging and neurotechnology, we reveal unique insights into the mechanisms underlying the dynamics of the brain and the treatment of disease. We use this interdisciplinary knowledge to accelerate the development of devices and therapies for unmet medical needs. Our current work addresses indications such as epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease and locked-in syndrome as a result of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) or brainstem stroke.
Our research methods
To achieve our mission, we employ a variety of research methods including computer simulation, the use of cell cultures and human brain samples as well as human clinical studies and animal studies.
We work closely with clinical partners and patients to develop and implement novel, safe, and effective diagnostics and therapies. This includes collaborations with clinical neuro-radiologists to develop intelligent software tools for the early detection of dementia, working with therapists on new personalized approaches to stroke rehabilitation, clinical trials with neurosurgeons to assess the safety and feasibility of brain monitoring technologies in epilepsy patients, as well as using brain-computer interface (BCI) technologies to restore communication and movement with intracortical and intracranial electrodes. Our clinical work is a critical step towards bringing new technologies to the patient.
The use of animals in our research remains essential to our discovery of diagnostics and therapies for humans and animals alike. We take the use of animals seriously and we are committed to ensuring the highest standards of animal welfare. The Wyss Center strictly adheres to the animal protection legislation in Switzerland and upholds the guiding principles underpinning the humane use of animals in scientific research known as the 3Rs (Replace, Reduce, Refine).