Clinical neuromuscular center and neurogenetics

The research group neuromuscular disorders – neurogenetics is integrated into the Clinical Neuromuscular Center of the University Hospital Zurich (USZ). In the context of the Center for Integrative Physiology (ZIHP;, there is a tight collaboration with the Institute of Human Movement Sciences of the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich (

The scientific focus of the research group is the examination of the effects of physical exercise on muscle properties and course of neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders. One current project funded by the Swiss National Foundation (SNF) examines the effect of regular physical exercise in patients with Huntington's disease. Other clinical-scientific projects are dedicated to the clinical, pathological and genetic characterization of patients with muscle dystrophies and the McLeod neuroacanthocytosis syndrome.

There are periodic clinical-pathological conferences, twice per year together as a joint meeting with other Swiss neuromuscular specialists. Neuromuscular symposia will take place annually.

Concerning patient care, there is a well-established collaboration with the University Children's Hospital Zurich and the Department of Pulmology of the USZ under the roof of the Clinical Neuromuscular Center Zurich, a regional center in the network Myosuisse ( About 1000 consultations take place per year, covering the whole spectrum of neuromuscular disorders. There are regular interdisciplinary consultations for patients with neuromuscular breathing problems together with the Department of Pulmology USZ as well as a transitional consultation for juvenile neuromuscular patients at the University Children's Hospital Zürich.  At the electroneuromyography unit, about 1500 examinations are performed per year.

The research group is supported by the SNF, Myosuisse, the Medical Association of the Canton of Zürich and the European Huntington Disease Network (EHDN).


Center of Neuromuscular Disorders
Department of Neurology
University Hospital Zurich
Frauenklinikstrasse 26
8091 Zurich

Tel. +41 44 255 55 20
Fax +41 44 255 43 80

Team Leader

Prof. Dr. med. Hans-Heinrich Jung
Leading Senior Physician


Alexandra West

Scientific Focus

Exercise effects in Huntington's Disease 
Team M. Auer, S. Frese, H.H. Jung, J. Petersen, M. Toigo
PI H.H. Jung
Funding SNF

Title REGISTRY-Study in Huntington's disease
Team M. Auer, H.H. Jung, J. Petersen
PI H.H. Jung
Funding European Huntington's disease network (EHDN)

Effects of exercise and co-enzyme Q10 in mitochondrial myopathies
Team  M. Auer, S. Frese, H.H. Jung, J. Petersen, M. Toigo
PI  H.H. Jung

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