Fay B. Horak, Ph.D.

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Dr. Horak studies neurological disorders that effect balance and gait in the elderly, people with Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebellar ataxia, vestibular injury or disease, diabetic neuropathy, and back pain.

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Recent Awards

  • One of the most cited articles over the last 125 years by the American Physiological Society for 2012: Horak FB, Nashner LM. Central programming of postural movements - adaptation to altered support-surface configurations. Journal of Neurophysiology. 55: 1369-1381, 1986.
  • OHSU Technology Innovation Award/Patent 7.867.140 for 2012
  • National Translational Neurology Researcher Award, awarded by the Neurology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association for 2011

Professor of Neurology

Department of Neurology Department of Biomedical Engineering (profile) Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Faculty Member

Neuroscience Graduate Program

Honorary Faculty

University of Oregon

Pacific University

University of Calgary

University of Waterloo

PubMed Listing

Grants (Current)

  • NIH, National Institute of Aging: Peripheral and Central Postural Disorders in the Elderly (1989-2019)
  • Veterans Affairs RR&D: Frontal cortex and gait freezing in Parkinson’s disease: rehabilitation impact (2014-2017)
  • Underrepresented Diversity Supplement Program of the NIA (2004-2014)
  • NIH STTR Phase II: A Short Instrumented Test of Mobility for Neurological Disorders: ISAW (2014-2017)
  • NIH STTR: Continuous Monitoring of Turning in Patients with Parkinson's Disease (2012-2014)
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Rehabilitation Research Training in Postural Control of Multiple Sclerosis (2009-2019)

Selected Publications

"Associations between proprioceptive neural pathway structural connectivity and balance in people with multiple sclerosis," Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (Vol: 8, Issue: OCT, ) - 2014

"Body-worn sensors capture variability, but not decline, of gait and balance measures in multiple sclerosis over 18 months," Gait and Posture (Vol: 39, Issue: 3, Page 958-964) - 2014

"Comorbidity and functional mobility in persons with Parkinson disease," Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (Vol: 95, Issue: 11, Page 2152-2157) - 2014

"Consistency in administration and response for the backward push and release test: A clinical assessment of postural responses," Physiotherapy Research International - 2014

"Dual tasking during postural stepping responses increases falls but not freezing in people with Parkinson's disease," Parkinsonism and Related Disorders (Vol: 20, Issue: 7, Page 779-781) - 2014


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