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

Bockisch CJ, Khojasteh E, Straumann D, Hegemann SC. Eye position dependency of nystagmus during constant vestibular stimulation. Exp Brain Res. 2013 Feb 6. [Epub ahead of print] .

Bockisch CJ, Khojasteh E, Straumann D, Hegemann SC. Development of eye position dependency of slow phase velocity during caloric stimulation. PLoS One. 2012;7(12):e51409. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0051409. Epub 2012 Dec 12.

Hess BJ. Three-dimensional visuo-motor control of saccades. J Neurophysiol. 2013 Jan;109(1):183-92. doi: 10.1152/jn.00513.2012. Epub 2012 Oct 10.

Bjasch D, Bockisch CJ, Straumann D, Tarnutzer AA. Differential effects of visual feedback on subjective visual vertical accuracy and precision. PLoS One. 2012;7(11):e49311. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0049311. Epub 2012 Nov 12. .

Tarnutzer AA, Schuler JR, Bockisch CJ, Straumann D. Hysteresis of haptic vertical and straight ahead in healthy human subjects. BMC Neurosci. 2012 Sep 22;13:114. doi: 10.1186/1471-2202-13-114.

von Rimscha S, Moergeli H, Weidt S, Straumann D, Hegemann S, Rufer M. Alexithymia and Health-Related Quality of Life in Patients with Dizziness. Psychopathology. 2012 Dec 28.

Petersen JA, Straumann D, Weber KP. Clinical diagnosis of bilateral vestibular loss: three simple bedside tests. Ther Adv Neurol Disord. 2013 Jan;6(1):41-5. doi: 10.1177/1756285612465920

Huber-Reggi SP, Chen CC, Grimm L, Straumann D, Neuhauss SC, Huang MY. Severity of infantile nystagmus syndrome-like ocular motor phenotype is linked to the extent of the underlying optic nerve projection defect in zebrafish belladonna mutant. J Neurosci. 2012 Dec 12;32(50):18079-86. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4378-12.2012.

Shaikh AG, Palla A, Marti S, Olasagasti I, Optican LM, Zee DS, Straumann D. Role of cerebellum in motion perception and vestibulo-ocular reflex-similarities and disparities. Cerebellum. 2013 Feb;12(1):97-107. doi: 10.1007/s12311-012-0401-7.

Weber KP, Rosengren SM, Michels R, Sturm V, Straumann D, Landau K. Single motor unit activity in human extraocular muscles during the vestibulo-ocular reflex. J Physiol. 2012 Apr 23. [Epub ahead of print].

Tarnutzer AA, Bockisch CJ, Olasagasti I, Strauman D. Egocentric and allocentric alignment tasks are affected by otolith input. J Neurophysiol. 2012 Mar 21. [Epub ahead of print]

Geser R, Straumann D. Referral and final diagnoses of patients assessed in an academic vertigo center. Front Neurol. 2012;3:169. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2012.00169. Epub 2012 Nov 28.

Traber GL, Chen CC, Huang YY, Spoor M, Roos J, Frens MA, Straumann D, Grimm C. Albino mice as an animal model for infantile nystagmus syndrome. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2012 Aug 20;53(9):5737-47. doi: 10.1167/iovs.12-10137

Bertolini G, Ramat S, Bockisch CJ, Marti S, Straumann D, Palla A. Is vestibular self-motion perception controlled by the velocity storage? Insights from patients with chronic degeneration of the vestibulo-cerebellum. PLoS One. 2012;7(6):e36763. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0036763. Epub 2012 Jun 15.

Tarnutzer AA, Palla A, Marti S, Schuknecht B, Straumann D. Hypertrophy of the inferior olivary nucleus impacts perception of gravity. Front Neurol. 2012;3:79. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2012.00079. Epub 2012 May 11

Rosengren SM, Colebatch JG, Straumann D, Weber KP. Why do oVEMPs become larger when you look up? Explaining the effect of gaze elevation on the ocular vestibular evoked myogenic potential. Clin Neurophysiol. 2012 Nov 20. doi:pii: S1388-2457(12)00709-2. 10.1016/j.clinph.2012.10.012.