OHSU

Robert Peterka

Robert peterka

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Phone: 503 418-2616
Fax: 503 418-2501

Current Appointments
Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering, OHSU
Faculty member, Neuroscience Graduate Program
Faculty member, Integrative Biomedical Sciences

Research Area
Neuroengineering

Research Interests
Dr. Peterka is interested in how the brain uses various sources of sensory information to provide an accurate sense of orientation.

He studies vestibular related eye movement control and the interaction of vestibular, visual, and proprioceptive system information used for the control of balance and orientation in humans.

This sensory information is necessary for the control of balance and movement and for the generation of eye movements that maintain clear vision during movements of the head. Eye movements and posture control are studied with particular concern for the processes involved in situations where different sensory systems provide conflicting information to the brain. Such situations can lead to disorientation and motion sickness. His research is important in understanding the underlying mechanisms which cause patients to suffer from equilibrium disorders. He is particularly interested in the application of research results to the development of new clinical balance function tests.

Selected Publications