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International Conference for Vestibular Rehabilitation:  Translating Research to Advance Practice 

“Vestibular Rehab Spanning the Globe”

Who Should Attend: Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Vestibular Basic Scientists, Audiologists, and Physicians

Level of Content:  Advanced level material

Where: Hilton Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, IL

When: August 17-19, 2018

Sponsored by: The Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy

CEU credits available for US physical therapists

Conference Description

This conference will provide experienced clinicians and basic scientists with the most current evidence and theories to advance vestibular rehabilitation through their interactions.  The planned question and answer and poster sessions will provide opportunities for vestibular basic and applied scientists to interact with the participants. A cadre of internationally recognized leaders will present their cutting-edge research and its translation into practice as it applies to the diagnosis and management of persons with vestibular disorders. This 2.5-day conference covers five unique sessions, a panel discussion following each session, a nightly poster session and reception, and a final summary of the evidence and new findings at the end of the conference.  The nightly poster session and reception will enable participants to dialogue with the session speakers. The five sessions will include Differentiating Causes of Vestibular Dysfunction, Motor Learning in the Vestibular System, Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Vestibular Rehabilitation Does not Fix Everything, and Future Directions.  The conference format will consist of lecture, discussion, and interactions during the poster sessions.  Participants will also have an opportunity to submit written questions for the summary session on the last morning of the meeting.  It is strongly recommended that participants have a working knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology of the vestibular system and have experience treating individuals with vestibular disorders.

Conference Objectives

Upon completion of this conference, participants will be able to:

  • Use evidence based clinical decision rules to differentiate peripheral from central vestibular dysfunction in acute vestibular syndromes 
  • Describe measurements of canal and utricular dysfunction
  • Identify central nystagmus patterns
  • Describe neuroplasticity within the vestibular system and how its study is evolving
  • Apply principles of motor learning to optimize performance of the VOR in individuals with vestibular hypofunction
  • Discuss effects and use of sensory re-weighting in the management of vestibular disorders: what the science is telling us
  • Describe the pathological biomechanics of BPPV
  • Interpret unusual patterns of nystagmus observed during positional testing and particle repositioning maneuvers based a better understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the utricle and saccule
  • Determine components of the “ideal” particle repositioning maneuver based on biomechanics of BPPV
  • Discuss strategies to prevent recurrence of BPPV
  • Identify disorders that may interfere with recovery of level of function and participation such as anxiety, vestibular migraine, visual motion sensitivity, and motion sickness
  • Recognize the effects of aging on the vestibular system
  • Discuss new advances and techniques for vestibular rehabilitation
  • Be exposed to new technologies being utilized to better understand central and peripheral vestibular function
  • Describe some of the innovations and technologies being utilized to identify and intervene with persons post-concussion
  • Develop an understanding of new basic research findings related to skew that may affect vestibular rehabilitation
  • Be exposed to some of the latest findings related to TMS and Mal de Debarquement
  • View and observe data related to some of the first subjects who have received the surgically implanted vestibular prostheses
  • Begin to understand how “big data” may revolutionize the care of the persons with dizziness and balance disorders
  • Discuss exciting technologies that are currently being developed around the world that may improve care for persons with balance and vestibular disorders

Conference Preliminary Schedule


7:00 – 7:45am  Breakfast with Exhibitors

7:45 – 8:00am   Keynote Address: Susan J Herdman, PT, PhD

8:00am – 12:00pm  Session 1 - Differentiate central from peripheral vestibular dysfunction

This session will focus on the differential diagnosis and clinical relevance of various pathologies affecting the vestibular pathway considering both peripheral and central relevance.

9:30-10:00    Break with exhibitors

12:00-12:30    Break with exhibitors and posters

12:30-1:30   Lunch on your own

1:30 – 5:30pm   Session 2 - Motor Learning

This session is constructed to inform participants about motor learning within the vestibular system. Invited speakers will cover topics ranging from cellular plasticity to behavioral output as it applies to neuroplasticity within the cerebellum, brainstem, and vestibular reflexes

5:30 – 7:30pm   Posters, exhibitors, wine and cheese reception


7:00 – 7:45am  Breakfast with Exhibitors

8:00am – 12:00pm  Session 3 – Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo: New advances in science and treatment

This session will discuss the biomechanics of BPPV, proposed theories of typical and atypical BPPV including apogeotropic PC BPPV and light cupula, the “ideal” particle repositioning maneuver, and strategies to prevent recurrence of BPPV. 

9:30-10:00  Break with exhibitors

12:00-12:30  Break with exhibitors and posters

12:30-1:30   Lunch on your own

1:30 – 5:30pm   Session 4 - When Vestibular Rehabilitation Does Not Work or Provides Incomplete Recovery

This session will address clinical diagnoses and co-morbidities that are common in patients with true vestibular pathology but may limit or not benefit from vestibular rehabilitation.

3:00 - 3:30:  Break with exhibitors and posters

5:30 – 7:30pm   Posters, exhibitors, wine and cheese reception


7:00 – 8:00am   Breakfast with Posters (Posters will remain up until 11am)

8:00am – 11:00am  Session 5 - Future Directions/Where should the science go from here?

This session will illustrate unique models for recruiting and studying vestibular pathophysiology as well as include a summary of the key points from the prior day sessions.

9:30-10:00  Break

NOTE: The Blue Angels will be at the Air & Water Show in Chicago the weekend of Aug 19-20.  Participants are encouraged to bring their families.  The hotel is very close to the beach where the Air & Water Show will take place.


Registration: Here

Early bird registration rates are:

  • APTA members = $400.00 each
  • Non-APTA members = $475.00 each

Early bird registration closes July 15, 2018 after which only onsite registration will be possible

Onsite registration will be:

  • APTA members = $500.00 each
  • Non-APTA members = $575.00 each

If you are a non-member and you want to register and you do not have an account with APTA, you will need to create an account by clicking the Create an Account link on the log in page (bottom right) before registering. 



Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by July 15, 2018 will receive a full refund.  Cancellations received July 16- August 6, 2018 will be refunded less a $50 fee. No refund will be provided for cancellations received after August 6, 2018.

If you have difficulty with the online registration process, please contact

Hotel Registration

Link to Hotel Registration at Hilton Palmer House Hotel: Here 

Note: No special code needed, this passkey link already brings one to the conference reservation page with the discounted room rate applied.

ICVR Speakers

  • Yuri Agrawal MD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD USA
  • Bela Buki MD, PhD, Karl Landsteiner University Hospital Krems, Austria
  • Yoon-Hee Cha, MD, Laureate Institute for Brain Research, Tulsa, OK USA
  • Charles C. Della Santina, MD, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD USA
  • Scott D. Eggers, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN USA
  • Joseph M. Furman, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA USA
  • Dan Gold, DO, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD USA
  • Janet Helminski, PT, PhD, Midwestern University, Chicago, IL USA
  • Susan J Herdman, PT, PhD, Emeritus, Emory University, Atlanta, GA USA
  • Carrie Hoppes, PT, PhD, Baylor University, San Antonio, TX USA
  • Jorge Kattah, MD, University of Illinois, Peoria, IL USA
  • Behrang Keshavarz, PhD, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, Toronto, Canada
  • Chang-Hee Kim, MD, Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea
  • Ji-Soo Kim, MD, PhD, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea
  • Michel Lacour, PhD, Aix-Marseille Universit´e, France
  • Americo Migliaccio, PhD, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Dominik Obrist, PhD, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland
  • Marousa Pavlou, PT, PhD, MCSP, King's College London, United Kingdom
  • Richard Rabbitt, PhD, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT USA
  • Michael C. Schubert, PT, PhD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD USA
  • Paul F. Smith MApplStat(Hons), PhD, DSc, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Patrick J. Sparto, PT, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA USA
  • Jeffrey P. Staab, MD, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN USA
  • Konrad Weber, MD, University Hospital Zürich, Zürich Switzerland
  • Susan L. Whitney, PT, PhD, NCS, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA USA
  • Lucy Yardley, PhD, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom
  • Andreas Zwergal, MD, University of Munich, Munich, Germany

Poster Application

Present your research at the first International Conference for Vestibular Rehabilitation

Link to the poster application is Here

Sponsors, Advertisers, Exhibitors

Get noticed at the inaugural International Conference for Vestibular Rehabilitation by securing a spot as an exhibitor, sponsor, and/or advertiser.

Here’s the link to the sponsors, advertisers, exhibitors page: Here

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