Dear Friends

It is a great pleasure to announce the Tetrahand Congress 2018 in Nottwil, Switzerland. This will be the 12th International Congress on Surgery and Rehabilitation of the Upper Extremity in Tetraplegia.

Our congress will be held in conjunction with the annual IFESS (International Functional Electrical Stimulation Society) Congress at the Swiss Paraplegic Centre on 28-31 August 2018.(IFESS 2018 Congress website)

We are looking forward to an outstanding scientific program covering the key topics of Tetrahand surgery and rehabilitation with focus on patient perceived outcomes, innovative techniques and workshops for surgeons and therapists.

I offer you a warm welcome to the Tetrahand World Congress 2018 and look forward to seeing you in Nottwil!

Jan Fridén
Congress Chair



Scientific Committee


Jan Fridén
Andreas Gohritz
Caroline LeClercq
Allan Peljovich
Josephine Yip
Natasha van Zyl


Ann Bryden
Johanna Wangdell
Jennifer Dunn
Sabrina Koch-Borner

Organizing Committee

Jan Fridén
Andreas Gohritz
Sabrina Koch-Borner
Silvia Schibli
Esther Wigger-Emmenegger

Communication/Public Relations

Claudia Merkel

Information for presenters


Oral presentations

The time allowed is 8 minutes for presentation and 2 minutes for discussion. The program is very loaded and it is important to stick strictly to the timing.

Please prepare your presentation in MS PowerPoint format. All presentations should be uploaded to a server in the speakers room.

Speakers room
We kindly ask you to please upload your presentation in the Speakers room on the day before you have the presentation (for example if your presentation scheduled on Thursday, please upload till Wednesday). The only exception if you are arrive on Tuesday after 18:00 and have presentation on Wednesday, then please make the uploading on Wednesday morning as soon as possible. Please bring your presentation on USB stick.

The opening time of Speakers room
TUESDAY 15:00 – 18:00
WEDNESDAY 7:00 – 10:30
THURSDAY 8:00 – 10:30

Projection Format
16:9 (panoramic) projection will be used in the lecture hall. Please prepare your slides for 16:9 screen format.

Using Macintosh
If you are using a Mac you will need to present using your own laptop and converter (HDMI adapter needed). Converting a document from Mac to PC may not be possible.

Submitted abstracts will be published in the program book and be available on the USB stick, which given at the registration desk upon arrival.


Printed poster
Posters can be displayed for the whole congress on the dedicated poster board. Presenters are kindly requested to prepare a poster as follows:
Format: printed
Length: one page
Size: A0 (841 x 1189 mm)
Orientation: portrait

Submitted abstracts will be published in the program book and be available on the USB stick, which given at the registration desk upon arrival.

Poster walk
Poster presenters are asked to be available at their posters at 17.30 – 18.00 on Wednesday.

Confirmed speakers/moderators

Ines Bersch
Anne Bryden
Lina Bunketorp-Käll
Jennifer Dunn
Jan Fridén
Andreas Gohritz
James House
Lisa Johanson
Michael Keith
Caroline Leclercq
Richard Lieber
Khalid Mohammed
Allan Peljovich
Carina Reinholdt
István Turcsányi
Natasha van Zyl

28 August, Tuesday 29 August, Wednesday 30 August, Thursday 31 August, Friday
Welcome address
Lecture 2
The sources of Remodelling in Muscle Contracture
Session 10 Surgeons
Tips, Tricks and Complications
Session 10 Therapist
Assessments for Treatment of Spasticity
Session 1
World Wide Perspective - Accessibility of Tetrahand Surgery
Session 5
Basic Science
10.00-10.30 Coffee Break
Lecture 1
Founder´s Lecture and a Pioneer's Perspective
Session 6
Innovations and Technologies
Report 2-4
Session 2
Session 7
Patient Perceived Outcomes (Part 2)
Conclusions, Next congress, Adjourn
12.00-13.30   Lunch
13.30-1345 Pre-congress Therapist Workshop
Towards reaching international agreement for upper extremity strength testing in reconstructive surgery
Session 3
Assessments and Rehabilitation Strategies
Lecture 3
Shoulder Problems in Tetraplegia
Session 8
Report 1
Advancing Upper Extremity Rehabilitation in a Changing Landscape
Prerequisites for a Successful and Sustainable Tetrahand Surgery Rehabilitation Service
Session 4
Patient Perceived Outcomes (Part 1)
15.00-15.30 Coffee Break
Pre-congress Therapist Workshop
Electrical Stimulation in Tetrahand Surgery and Rehabilitation
Session 9
Nerve Transfers and Combined Procedures
Poster walk
18.00-18.30 Get together Schweizer Paraplegiker-Zentrum guided tours
18:30 - 19:00
19:00 - 19:30   Banquet dinner
19:30 - 21:00



An application has been made to the UEMS EACCME®UEMS EACCME® for CME accreditation of this event.

Swiss Hand Society awards 20 credit points for participation the entire congress



Early fees
before 15 May 2018
Late fees
after 15 May 2018
Fees include
Congress delegate 530 EUR 630 EUR attendance to all scientific sessions & exhibition, program book, welcome reception, coffee breaks, lunches and VAT


Acknowledgement of registration and receipt of fees will be sent soon after the registration form and full payment are received. Upon request, a letter of invitation will be sent.


All payments should be made in EUR and sent to Asszisztencia Kft. Payments should be made free of all bank charges and commissions.

Bank transfer

Account holder: ASSZISZTENCIA Kft.
Account number IBAN: HU18 1040 1000 5051 5048 5750 1013
Bic or SWIFT code: OKHBHUHB with
K&H Bank ZRt. (Lechner Ödön fasor 9., H-1095 Budapest, Hungary)

Kindly instruct your bank that all charges are at your expenses, and indicate your name and address on your payment order form.

Online payment

Online payment is available with VISA, VISA Electron, V-Pay, MasterCard, Maestro and JCB cards only. Upon finishing your registration you will be redirected to the secured online payment site of K&H Bank Zrt. AMEX cards: Payment with AMEX card is only possible in a traditional mail order way. In this case please return the Credit Card Authorization Form with your card details.


Taxable invoice will be issued on all incoming payments. Invoices will be prepared for the customer name indicated on the registration form. Please note that the Congress Secretariat will not modify the customer name on issued invoices so please take care of the right billing address when you fill in the registration form.

Catering costs

Registration fees include catering (welcome reception and coffee breaks). In line with tax regulations the prices of these catering services should be displayed on the invice separately. Therefore the registration fees will be billed on invoices as two separate items: registration fees and catering costs included on the registration fee.

Cancellation policy

All cancellations should be sent in written form to the Congress Secretariat. If cancellation arrives before 31 May 2018 full refund less EUR 100 (as handling fee) of the registration fee will be applied. No refund is available after this date, though substitution in person will be accepted.

No show up cases

The organizers take efforts to run a successfull conference. Based on the list of registrants and order status conference services will be provided in sufficient numbers. Please take into consideration that after deadlines some conference materials and meals or hotel rooms cannot be cancelled or resold and therefore no refund is available. However substitution in person is always acceptable.


The organizers cannot be held responsible for any personal injury, loss, damage, accident to private property, or additional expenses incurred as a result of delays or changes in air, rail, sea, road or other services, strikes, sickness, weather, war, sports and other causes. Luggage is at owners risk throughout unless insured. The event is organized by Asszisztencia Kft., Szent Istvan krt. 7., H-1055 Budapest, Hungary.

Hotel Accommodation

Seminar Hotel Sempachersee, Nottwil

  Kantonsstrasse 46, 6207 Nottwil, Switzerland

The Seminar Hotel Sempachersee provides services in the fields of hotel, conference, culinary, sports, medicine and events.

Rate includes Swiss breakfast buffet, free wifi access, the use of citybikes, free entrance to the swimming pool from the neighboring Swiss Paraplegic Centre, parking, service, VAT, as well as resort fee and taxes.

single room140.60 CHF
double room213.20 CHF

Radisson Blu Hotel, Luzern

  Lakefront Centre, Inseliquai 12, 6005 Lucerne, Switzerland

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Lucerne is the superior accommodation choice in one of Switzerland’s most charming cities. Surrounded by the famed mountains of Switzerland, the hotel is ideal for business travellers, hikers, skiers and those on a leisurely holiday.

The Radisson Blu Hotel, Lucerne is the superior accommodation choice in one of Switzerland’s most charming cities. Surrounded by the famed mountains of Switzerland, the hotel is ideal for business travellers, hikers, skiers and those on a leisurely holiday.

single room270.00 CHF
double room300.00 CHF

Reserve now

Reservation deadline: 5 June 2018

Campus Sursee, Sursee

  Leidenbergstrasse 17, 6208 Oberkirch, Switzerland

single room107.00 CHF
double room180.00 CHF

Reserve now

Reservation deadline: 15 June 2018

Hotel Luzernerhof, Luzern

  Alpenstrasse 3, 6004 Luzern,Switzerland

1 hour from Zürich Airport, 8 minuts walk from Lucerne train station, 100 meter from the lake. In the heart of the old town. The city tax (4 CHF) per person and night will be charged additionally.

single room230.00 CHF
double room300.00 CHF

AMERON Hotel Flora, Luzern

  Seidenhofstrasse 5, 6002 Lucerne, Switzerland

Discover Lucerne from its most beautiful side during our stay in the modern Swiss-style rooms in our 4 star hotel in Lucerne.

The city tax (2.30 CHF) and the resort fee (2.10 CHF) per person and night will be charged additionally.

single room200.00 CHF
double room220.00 CHF
breakfast26.00 CHF


Schweizer Paraplegiker-Zentrum

Guido A. Zäch Str. 1, 6207 Nottwil, Switzerland


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