Professor Gabor Michael Halmagyi

BSc, MBBs, MDspeaker_michael_halmagyi

Position: Clinical Professor

Postal Address:

C39 – Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Eye and Ear Research Unit
Neurology Department
RPA Hospital, Camperdown
NSW 2050
Sydney, Australia.


Eye and Ear Research Unit



Professor Halmagyi received his BSc (Med) at the University of Sydney in 1968. He continued his studies at the University with a MBBS in 1971 and later his MD in 1995. He was appointed as a Consultant Neurologist at the RPAH in 1979 and continues to hold this position today. In 1998 he was appointed Clinical Professor of Neurology at the University of Sydney. Today at the RPAH he is the director of the Eye and Ear Research Unit which is the national referral centre for the diagnosis and treatment of patients from all over Australia with difficult balance disorders.

Gabor Michael Halmagyi has received many awards for his work including the Research Achievement Award from the RPAH in 1996 and the Hallpike Nylen Prize from the Barany Society in 1996.

The “Halmagyi-Curthoys head impulse sign” is now known and used around the world as a very quick, simple and effective indicator of the functional level of semicircular canal functioning. This test can be conducted in the clinic or even at the bedside and is now probably the most widely used clinical indicator of vestibular function in the world today since it costs nothing, is fast, simple and safe and gives such valuable diagnostic information instantly. That test was developed with NHMRC support.

With Professor Ian Curthoys he was asked to write chapters on vestibular compensation and otolithic testing for a number of textbooks, for example for the 7th edition of Scott Brown’s Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, which received the George Davey Howells Prize 2008, awarded by the University of London for “the most distinguished published contribution to the advancement of Otolaryngology during the preceding five years”.