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The Department of Clinical Neuroscience deals with numerous health problems and illnesses linked to the brain, the spinal cord and the nerves that innervate the muscles.

Its main entities are as follows:

Service of Neurology

The Service of Neurology cares for patients who suffer from central or peripheral nervous system diseases.

It treats patients with the full range of neurological disorders including cerebrovascular accidents, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, headaches, brain tumours, illnesses that affect intellectual functions and genetic disorders.

It is headed by Professor Renaud Du Pasquier

The head of nursing is Yann Bettex.

Service of Neurology
Bâtiment hospitalier
Rue du Bugnon 46
CH-1011 Lausanne
Tél. +41 21 314 1220
Fax: +41 21 314 1256

Service of Neurosurgery

This service deals with neurosurgical problems in adults and children.

Surgeons perform highly specialised operations, radiosurgery, deep brain stimulation and complex spinal surgery to treat illnesses such as involuntary movements, epilepsy, vascular malformations and brain tumours.

It is headed by Professor Marc Levivier.

The head of nursing is Sandra Mérigout.

Service of Neurosurgery
Bâtiment hospitalier
Rue du Bugnon 46
CH-1011 Lausanne
Tél. +41 21 314 2602
Fax: +41 21 314 2605


Gamma Knife

The Service of Neurosurgery uses a piece of technology known as a Gamma Knife, which allows parts of the brain to be treated by Gamma rays in the same manner as a scalpel (hence the name Gamma Knife), without opening the skull.

Composed of 192 bundles which come from sources of cobalt, the Gamma Knife administers a strong dose of radiation to the tumour(s) to be treated with extreme precision and requires only one session. This technique therefore has many advantages.

The Gamma Knife is supervised Professor Marc Levivier, Head of the Service of Neurosurgery.

Service of Neuropsychology and Neurorehabilitation

Neuropsychology contributes to understanding relations between the brain, behaviour and intellectual functions such as language, memory and attention span.

The service treats patients with cerebral lesions for diagnosis and treatment of cognitive and behavioural disorders.

It is headed by Professor Stéphanie Clarke.

The head of nursing is Bénedicte Frisch.

Hôpital Nestlé CHUV
Av. Pierre-Decker 5
CH-1011 Lausanne
Tél. +41 21 314 1310
Fax: +41 21 314 1319

Acute Neurological Rehabilitation Unit

Unité de neurorééducation aiguë

Acute Neurological Rehabilitation Unit (NRA) is composed of an inter-disciplinary team, with a cross-section of staff from different areas, including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, specialist nurses, speech and language therapists, neuropsychologists and a clinical coordinator.

Once patients are admitted, their rehabilitation potential is assessed before their treatment begins. Then, following a consultation between the services concerned and the liaison nurses, they are referred to specialist rehabilitation centres. Patients who remain unstable after awakening from a coma are treated in a specialised care ward.

The NRA is under the responsibility of Dr Karin Diserens, associate physician in the Service of Neurology.

Dr Jean-Michel Pignat is Senior Registrar and Mr Loric Berney is the Head Clinical Coordinator.

Acute Neurological Rehabilitation Unit
Bâtiment hospitalier
Rue du Bugnon 46
CH-1011 Lausanne
Tél. +41 21 314 9074
Fax:+ 41 21 314 1256


L'Unité de chirurgie spinale du CHUV regroupe les activités spinales du Service d'orthopédie et de traumatologie (OTR) et du Service de neurochirurgie (NCH). Elle offre des consultations spécialisées et prend en charge toute la gamme des pathologies rachidiennes adultes comme certaines maladies dégénératives, les traumatismes rachidiennes, les tumeurs du rechis, etc.

L'Unité de chirurgie spinale est dirigée par le Pr. V. Bartanusz


Contact et prise de rendez-vous :


Unité de chirurgie spinale - CHUV
Bâtiment hospitalier
Rue du Bugnon 46
CH - 1011 Lausanne
Tél.+41 21 314 1212

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The Leenaards Memory Center

In 2013, the CHUV inaugurates the Leenaards memory Center, true reference pole for Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related cognitive disorders.

An interdisciplinary team of doctors and psychologists proposes individualized consultations at the request of family doctors. This makes it possible to make a diagnosis and to advise treatments and adequate care to the patients.

It is headed by Professor Jean-François Démonet.

Leenaards Memory Center
Mont-Paisible 16
CH-1011 Lausanne  
Tél. +41 21 314 5151
Fax: +41 21 314 1115

Service of Physiotherapy of the DNC

The Physiotherapy Service of the Department of clinical neurosciences employs 20 collaborators which intervene in the different clinical services of the department.

Our Service takes care of patients from the first day of their hospitalisation in critical care, throughout the whole clinical evolution, until a follow-up in the outpatient clinic if needed. We take care of patients with neurological pathologies (stroke, brain trauma, etc.) who can benefit from neurorehabilitation follow-up.

The Service of Physiotherapy of the Department of clinical neuroscience comprises 2 units (critical rehabilitation and post-critical rehabilitation) and is headed by a physiotherapist head of service, Mr G. Eberlé, and two physiotherapists head of unit, Mr L. Berney et Mrs K. Van Den Keybus Deglon.

Service of Physiotherapy of the DNC
Hôpital Nestlé
Av. Pierre Decker 5
CH-1011 Lausanne
Tel. +41 21 314 2415

Neuroscience Research Center

Created in January 2014, the Neuroscience Research Centre (CRN) of the Department of Clinical Neurosciences of the CHUV establishes a world-class center for Clinical and Basic Neuroscience Research.

Fostering advances in brain research ranging from immunology to imaging, from genetics to rehabilitation and to memory, the Center’s mission is to establish a truly interdisciplinary approach to neuroscience research - merging disciplines and translating breakthroughs from the lab to improved patient care.

The CRN, directed by Prof. Nicole Déglon, groups thirteen laboratories and research units with the department, and is strongly interlinked with the Faculty of Biology and Medicine of UNIL.

Neuroscience Research Centre
Tél. +41 21 314 1774
Fax +41 21 314 2995