Meeting Details

May 19-22, 2019

Conference Center at the
Marriott Hotel
University of Dayton
1414 South Patterson Blvd.,
Dayton, Ohio 45409 

Child Care
Childcare arrangements will be provided for those who need it during meeting events. If childcare arrangements might facilitate your participation in the meeting, please let us know before April 1.

Registration and Hotel Reservations

Registration Fees
Registration includes all meeting events, pre-meeting reception, lunch (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), bus transportation, and the banquet.

Prior to 2/10/19 =
$300 (plus fees)

After 2/10/19 =
$400 (plus fees)

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Hotel Reservations

Room reservations can be made by calling 1-800-MARRIOTT (mention WPAFB Naval Medical Research Unit - Dayton to receive the group rate of $103/night plus tax) or by using the link below. Reservations must be made by April 21, 2019.

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Dr. Dan Merfeld

About the Meeting

The vestibular system (the receptors in the inner ear that sense motion and orientation and their associated neuronal connections) makes fundamental contributions to autonomic regulation, balance, spatial orientation and visual acuity during motion; its impairment is common and can be severely debilitating. Despite its fundamental significance, vestibular function remains poorly understood.

The inaugural 2019 Vestibular Oriented Research Meeting will be hosted by The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. This meeting will be held in Dayton, Ohio, building on the foundation provided by Ohio State's educational partnership with the Naval Medical Research Unit – Dayton (NAMRU-Dayton).

This meeting will unite the vestibular research community, bringing together leading and aspiring researchers from around the world to share and build knowledge, unify our diverse transdisciplinary specialty, and transform and improve interactions within our community as well as independent and/or parallel disciplines.

The conference will showcase a diverse range of vestibular experts, including governmental- and academic-based audiologists, scientists, neuroengineers, neurologists, neuroscientists, otologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists. Content will focus on the aspects of vestibular function, including but not limited to: mechanisms and anatomy of the vestibular periphery; information processing; visual-vestibular integration; behavioral research, including vestibulo-ocular reflexes and balance; aging; and vestibular systems modeling and neuroengineering.

Tours of the NAMRU-Dayton vestibular research facilities will also be provided.

Meeting News and Updates

The Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery has received an NIH R13 grant to help fund this year's Vestibular Oriented Research Meeting. Registration will be reimbursed ($300 for early registration; $400 for regular registration) for eligible trainees who present a poster or a talk, attend the entire meeting, and register for a room at the meeting hotel by April 15. Finances permitting, we also plan to provide partial travel scholarships to this same group of eligible trainees.

Please Note: military uniform for this conference is Class B or service equivalent. For Navy, this is Service Khaki.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Abstracts

Meeting Abstracts

Invited Scientific Presenters

Invited Scientific Presenters

Kathleen Cullen, PhD

Kathleen Cullen is a professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and co-director of the Center for Hearing and Balance at Johns Hopkins University. She is also affiliated with the departments of Neuroscience and Otolaryngology, and is on the Board of the Kavli Neuroscience Discovery Institute.  

Dr. Cullen’s research is aimed at understanding how the brain creates neural representations of our motion to ensure the maintenance of balance, posture, and accurate perceptual stability during everyday activities. She also studies neuronal activity and behavior before and after vestibular loss, and evaluates treatments (e.g., neuroprosthetic devices) designed to restore vestibular function and motor performance in patients.  

Dr. Cullen has served on numerous editorial boards (i.e., Scientific Reports, Neuroscience, J. Neurosci., J. Neurophys. J. Res. Otolaryng.), as well as on the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, which works with NASA to identify health risks in extended space flight. She was honored with the Halpike-Nylen medal of the Barany Society for “outstanding contributions to basic vestibular science” and is vice president and program chair of the Society for the Neural Control of Movement.  She has published more than 120 articles, book chapters and patent applications and given over 160 national and international invited lectures.

Charles C. Della Santina, PhD, MD

Charles C. Della Santina, PhD, MD is a professor of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he specializes in Otology and Neurotology and directs the Johns Hopkins Vestibular NeuroEngineering Lab vestibular implant program and the Johns Hopkins Listening Center cochlear implant program. He earned his PhD in BioEngineering at the University of California at Berkeley, where his work focused on developing and applying micromachined silicon devices for interfacing to the auditory/vestibular nerve. He completed his MD at the University of California at San Francisco and residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Johns Hopkins before joining the faculty there in 2002. 


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Robert Peterka, PhD

Robert Peterka, PhD, is a research investigator at the National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR) at the VA Portland Health Care System and associate professor in the Department of Neurology at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland Oregon. His background includes performing fundamental vestibular neurophysiology in animals, developing clinical vestibular laboratories, creating new clinical tests of vestibular function, and investigating canal-otolith integration for eye movement control.

His recent work has applied engineering methods of system identification and control system modeling to characterize sensory integration mechanisms and measure sensory contributions to balance control. His current focus is on understanding the mechanisms that maintain balance during stance and gait, exploiting new methods to accurately measure how age and various neurological conditions affect these mechanisms, applying these methods to assess the effectiveness of rehabilitation, and developing balance aids that improve balance during gait.

Jennifer Stone, PhD

Jennifer Stone, PhD is a research professor and director of Research in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Washington. Her research is focused on ways to improve biological therapies for inner ear hair cell damage, with the long term goal of developing new treatments for individuals with hearing and balance dysfunction. Her group examines the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying hair cell development and regeneration in auditory and vestibular systems in birds and mammals. Dr. Stone received her PhD in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Boston University School of Medicine and completed postdoctoral training at the University of Washington. 

Paul Smith, PhD

Paul Smith completed his PhD in vestibular neuroscience under the supervision of Ian Curthoys at the University of Sydney in 1987. Following Post-Doctoral research at the University of Sydney, he moved to Dunedin in New Zealand. In 1997 he became an associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Otago Medical School, where he was made a full Professor in 1999. In 2004 he returned to Massey University as a part-time extramural student to re-train in statistics, graduating in 2013 with a Master of Applied Statistics degree. In 2014, Dr. Smith was awarded a DSc by the University of Otago. 

He has published three books and more than 300 scientific papers and book chapters and is on the editorial boards of Frontiers in Neurology (Neuro-otology), the Journal of Vestibular Research and Auris, Nasus, Larynx. Dr. Smith’s main research interests lie in the effects of vestibular dysfunction and stimulation on higher cognitive function, especially the hippocampus, but also cognitive-motor interaction in the striatum, as well as the mechanisms of tinnitus. He is also interested in the application of multivariate and dating mining analyses to vestibular research.


Bill Yates, PhD

Dr. Bill Yates is Professor of Otolaryngology and Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh, and is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neurophysiology. Dr. Yates’ research is focused on vestibular influences on autonomic regulation. His work has established that in addition to stabilizing eye position and body posture during movement, the vestibular system contributes to regulating sympathetic nervous system activity to counteract the effects of gravity on the distribution of blood in the body. His laboratory also studies the neural basis of nausea and vomiting, particularly that resulting from vestibular stimulation (motion sickness).   

Dr. Yates authored over 120 manuscripts related to his research.

Invited Speakers

Invited Speakers

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