Welcome to the Vestibulo-Oculomotor Lab Zürich

The Vestibulo-Oculomotor laboratory at the Zürich University Hospital conducts research on the neural systems controlling balance, eye, head, and reaching movements. We are particularly interested in the diagnosis and treatment of central and peripheral diseases of the ocular motor and vestibular systems in humans. Our laboratory is equipped with unique devices (such as the 3D turntable or the hexapod) that allow us to precisely control and measure human movements in order to study the sensorimotor interactions that are necessary to help us move in dynamic environments. Visit the homepages of our reseachers, and take a tour of our labs to learn more.

Recent publications from VestLab Zürich

Rosengren SM, Colebatch JG, Straumann D, Weber KP. Single motor unit responses underlying cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potentials produced by bone-conducted stimuli. Clin Neurophysiol. 2014 Sep 18. pii: S1388-2457(14)00485-4. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2014.07.037.

Adelsberger R, Valko Y, Straumann D, Troester G. Automated Romberg Testing in Patients with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo and Healthy Subjects. IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2014 Sep 4.

Tarnutzer AA, Bockisch CJ, Straumann D, Marti S, Bertolini G. Static roll-tilt over five minutes locally distorts the internal estimate of direction of gravity. J Neurophysiol. 2014 Sep 3. pii: jn.00540.2014.

Roth TN, Weber KP, Wettstein VG, Marks GB, Rosengren SM, Hegemann SC. Ethanol consumption impairs vestibulo-ocular reflex function measured by the video head impulse test and dynamic visual acuity. J Vestib Res. 2014;24(4):289-95. doi: 10.3233/VES-140520.

Weidt S, Bruehl AB, Straumann D, Hegemann SC, Krautstrunk G, Rufer M. Health-related quality of life and emotional distress in patients with dizziness: a cross-sectional approach to disentangle their relationship. BMC Health Serv Res. 2014 Jul 22;14:317. doi: 10.1186/1472-6963-14-317.

Feddermann-Demont N, Straumann D, Dvořák J. Return to play management after concussion in football: recommendations for team physicians. J Sports Sci. 2014;32(13):1217-28. doi: 10.1080/02640414.2014.918273.

Valko Y, Werth E, Bockisch CJ, Valko PO, Weber KP. Polysomnography reveals nystagmus from benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. Sleep Med. 2014 Jul;15(7):840-2. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2013.12.018.

Huber-Reggi SP, Mueller KP, Straumann D, Huang MY, Neuhauss SC. Individual larvae of the zebrafish mutant belladonna display multiple infantile nystagmus-like waveforms that are influenced by viewing conditions. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014 May 27;55(6):3971-8. doi: 10.1167/iovs.13-13576.

Palla A, Lenggenhager B. Ways to investigate vestibular contributions to cognitive processes. Front Integr Neurosci. 2014 May 15;8:40. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2014.00040. eCollection 2014.

Chen CC, Huang MY, Weber KP, Straumann D, Bockisch CJ. Afternystagmus in darkness after suppression of optokinetic nystagmus: an interaction of motion aftereffect and retinal afterimages. Exp Brain Res. 2014 Sep;232(9):2891-8. doi: 10.1007/s00221-014-3971-4. Epub 2014 May 13

Swanenburg J, Hegemann SC, Zurbrugg A, Palla A, de Bruin ED. Reliability and validity of the extended timed-get-up-and-go test in patients with bilateral vestibular loss. NeuroRehabilitation. 2014;34(4):799-807. doi: 10.3233/NRE-141083.

Hess BJ, Thomassen JS. Kinematics of visually-guided eye movements. PLoS One. 2014 Apr 21;9(4):e95234. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0095234.

Bockisch CJ, Straumann D, Weber KP. Curing a 96-year-old patient afflicted with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo on a motorized turntable. Clin Interv Aging. 2014 Apr 8;9:589-91. doi: 10.2147/CIA.S58785.

Boselli F, Kleiser L, Bockisch CJ, Hegemann SC, Obrist D. Quantitative analysis of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo fatigue under canalithiasis conditions. J Biomech. 2014 Jun 3;47(8):1853-60. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2014.03.019.

Lenggenhager B, Hilti L, Palla A, Macauda G, Brugger P. Vestibular stimulation does not diminish the desire for amputation. Cortex. 2014 May;54:210-2. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2014.02.004.

Chen CC, Bockisch CJ, Olasagasti I, Weber KP, Straumann D, Huang MY. Positive or negative feedback of optokinetic signals: degree of the misrouted optic flow determines system dynamics of human ocular motor behavior. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2014 Apr 9;55(4):2297-306. doi: 10.1167/iovs.13-12750.

Baráth K, Schuknecht B, Naldi AM, Schrepfer T, Bockisch CJ, Hegemann SC. Detection and grading of endolymphatic hydrops in Menière disease using MR imaging. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2014 Jul;35(7):1387-92. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A3856.