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From right to left: Hamish MacDougall, Leonardo Manzari, Ian Curthoys, Ann Burgess.

Announcements

  • November 2014: Ian Curthoys awarded the Gold Medal of the Prosper Meniere Society.The Prosper Meniere Society is the international society for the study of the inner ear and Meniere’s Disease. The award ceremony will take place at Zell im Ziller, Austria in March 2016. The citation for the medal reads:

    The Gold Medal Award is awarded for furthering the goals of the Prosper Meniere Society through research excellence, scientific innovation, and far-reaching contributions to the investigation of inner ear disorders.
    “Let us give thanks to seeking spirits, to those with initiative, who raise questions of interest, stimulate active researches, provoke oppositions, because in a word, science gains and humanity applauds”. ~ Prosper Méniere, 1861

    Professor Ian Curthoys was previously awarded the Robert Barany Jubilee Gold Medal of the specialist international vestibular research society, the Barany Society, in 2012 for “his outstanding morphological and physiological studies on the vestibular organs and for his innovative and crucial contributions to vestibular research in its widest sense”. And in 1996 was awarded the Hallpike Nylen medal of the Barany Society for“outstanding contributions to basic vestibular science”. The latest Prosper Meniere Gold Medal completes a hat-trick of medals for Ian Curthoys.

  • July 2012, Frontiers 2012: The Art, Science and Future of Otorhinolaryngology: Hamish MacDougall and coauthors were awarded the poster prize for their poster: “The video head impulse test (vHIT) detects vertical semicircular canal dysfunction.”baranymedal
  • June 2012, 27th meeting of the Bárány Society, Uppsala, Sweden: Professor Ian Curthoys was awarded the Robert Bárány Jubilee Gold Medal, by the Bárány Society for Vestibular Research, in recognition of outstanding morphological and physiological studies on the vestibular organs and for innovative and crucial contributions to vestibular research in its widest sense.
  • March 2012. Chris Wong has completed his PhD! Chris’s thesis is entitled Visualizing the cochlear implant/tissue interface using non-destructive high resolution x-ray micro computed tomography.
  • 28 December 2010. Visit our Head Impulse web page which describes the latest developments in the head-impulse test of semicircular canal function. New video technology is making this important vestibular test easier to perform and more reliable.
  • 9 May 2008. Samanthi Goonetilleke won the H. Tasman Lovell Memorial Medallion for the best PhD Thesis in the School of Psychology in 2007. Samanthi’s thesis is titled “Human ocular torsion and perception of line orientation“.
  • A video and DVD on the diagnosis and treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Positioning Vertigo (BPPV) are available from the Hearing and Balance Clinic at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. For more details please ring +61 2 9515 8820.

Recent Presentations

  • Presented at Riabilitazione Vestibolare sull’applicazione clinica dell’evidenza scientifica delle scienze vestibolari – a theoretical and practical course, MSA ENT Center, Cassino, Italy, 15-16 June 2017:
    • Curthoys IS. L’anatomia e la fisiologia del riflesso vestibolo collico e del riflesso otolitico-oculare in relazione alla fisiopatologia del sistema vestibolare otolitico. Lecture.
    • Curthoys IS. I VEMPs oculari: la storia, la ricerca e la prospettiva clinica. Lecture.
    • Curthoys IS. L’anatomia e la fisiologia del riflesso vestibolo oculomotore in relazione alla fisiopatologia del sistema vestibolare canalare. Lecture.
    • Curthoys IS. Lo studio clinico della funzione dei canali semicircolari. Lecture.
    • Curthoys IS. Dalla nistagmografia alla Video Nistagmoscopia: la storia, la ricerca e la prospettiva clinica. Lecture.
  • Presented at the 5th Global Summit and Medicare Expo on Head and Neck Surgery, Philadelphia, 19-20 June:
    • Dumas G, Lion A, Curthoys IS, Perrin P, Dumas L, Tan HY, Schmerber S. Skull vibration induced nystagmus (SVIN) in patients with unilateral vestibular loss or semicircular canal dehiscence. Location and Frequency optimization. Oral presentation.
  • Presented at IFOS ENT World Congress 2017, Paris, 24-28 June:
    • Curthoys IS. The new developments in equilibrium testing. Keynote lecture EQ-KL07.
    • Curthoys IS. The vHIT and SHIMPs tests of semicircular canal function. Course EQ-COURSE07.
  • Presented at the XVIII Congreso Nacional AMCAOF 2017, Nuevo Vallarta, 8-11 March 2017:
    • Curthoys IS. The physiological basis of clinical vestibular tests.
    • Curthoys IS. Vestibular evoked myogenic potentials — why sound and vibration are vestibular stimuli.
    • Curthoys IS. The head impulse test — its history and newest developments: SHIMPs.
  • Presented at the 40th Midwinter Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, Baltimore, 11-15 February 2017:
    • Shen Q, Magnani C, Lamas G, Sterkers O, Curthoys IS, de Waele C. Saccade amplitude in the suppression head impulse paradigm (SHIMP) — a new indicator of semicircular canal function. Poster presentation PS-449.
    • Curthoys IS, MacDougall HG, McGarvie LA, Halmagyi GM, de Waele C, Manzari L, Dlugaiczyk J. Is VOR gain an adequate measure of semicircular canal function? Poster presentation PS-682.