PROF IAN CURTHOYS Professor Department of Psychology University of Sydney Sydney, Australia
Ian Curthoys is the Emeritus Professor of Vestibular Function at the University of Sydney. He retired in 2006 but continues his research funded by external grants and has published more than 100 papers since his retirement.
He has been involved in vestibular research in the laboratory and the clinic since 1969, initially with Charlie Markham at UCLA but then at Sydney, working with Michael Halmagyi since 1977. He has published 283 papers with an average citation rate of 36 citations per paper
In 1996 the Bárány Society awarded him the Hallpike-Nylén medal for “outstanding contributions to basic scientific knowledge of the vestibular system” and in 2012 the Robert Bárány Jubilee Gold Medal “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”. In 2016 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Prosper Menière Society.
The “head impulse test” of semicircular canal function he developed with Michael Halmagyi is used around the world and has been now realized as the video Head Impulse Test (vHIT). This is a very effective indicator of the dynamic function of every semicircular canal. Complementing this has been his research on the mechanisms by which air-conducted sound and bone-conducted vibration activate vestibular neurons. The results of this neurophysiological work underpin the interpretation of the new clinical tests of otolith function – the vestibular evoked myogenic potential tests (oVEMPs and cVEMPs) and vibration induced nystagmus.
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