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Neuroscience and Early (T1) Translational Research Programs

Lead: Amir Kheradmand, M.D.

The basic research programs of the Neuro-visual and Vestibular Disorders Center seek to advance early diagnosis and treatment of neuro-visual and vestibular disorders through foundational research. This includes fundamental research in healthy subjects without such disorders as well as disease-based research. A major focus of these programs, led by Kheradmand, is the study of human spatial perception and vestibular cortical processing. This is an underresearched field with new neuroscientific insights offering the potential to develop novel diagnostics or therapeutics, especially for patients with chronic dizziness or vestibular migraine. A second focus, led by David S. Zee, M.D., is the study of how powerful magnetic fields influence the peripheral vestibular system. These programs employ a variety of basic research methods, including dual magnetic scleral search coil recordings, video-oculography (VOG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Basic research programs also rely on strong collaborations locally, nationally and internationally.

Learn more about our latest basic and early translational research studies.


Dr. Newman-Toker testing stroke goggles

Clinical, Public Health and Late (T2) Translational Research Programs

Lead: David Newman-Toker, M.D., Ph.D.

The clinical research programs of the Neuro-visual and Vestibular Disorders Center seek to advance early diagnosis and treatment of neuro-visual and vestibular disorders through applied research. The public health research components are focused on late translational research (bedside to populations) as well as broad implementation and dissemination programs (regional, national and international). The current focus of these programs is on delivering optimal bedside diagnosis for vestibular patients presenting to the Emergency Department and other nonspecialty settings (such as ambulatory primary care). These programs employ a combination of clinical and health services research methods, including observational studies, interventional clinical trials, implementation studies, decision analysis, cost-effectiveness and systematic reviews.

Learn more about our latest clinical trials and other late translational research studies.


Dr. Zee and ocular motor lab coils

Eye Movement Engineering Program

Lead: Dale Roberts

Eye movement recordings are ubiquitous in neuroscience research. From basic vestibular physiology to psychiatry, laboratories use eye movement recordings together with visual or vestibular stimulation to study brain function. The first reliable method to measure eye movements was developed here at Johns Hopkins by David Robinson, Ph.D. The Neuro-visual and Vestibular Disorders Center eye movement engineering program is dedicated to providing the technical support needed to accomplish the strategic goals of the other core programs within the Center. At the same time, we seek to innovate in the development of novel eye movement recording and analysis techniques, opening new vistas for research and clinical practice that would not be possible otherwise. The existing knowledge base and world-caliber expertise in eye movement recording technology ensures the highest-quality data collection and results interpretation.

Learn more about our eye movement engineering research studies.

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