Fay B. Horak, Ph.D., P.T.

  • Professor of Neurology, School of Medicine
  • Balance Disorders Laboratory


Dr. Fay 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.

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 2014 Medical Research Foundation Mentor Award. The Mentor Award is presented to an Oregonian who has provided outstanding leadership and support of health research, education or the advancement of health care.

Professor of neurology:

Department of Neurology
Department of Biomedical Engineering
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)

Pacific Northwest Udall Center (UW, subcontract NIH): Balance/Gait Disorders in PD associated with Genetic inheritance (2015-2020)

NIH STTR Phase II: A Short Instrumented Test of Mobility for Neurological Disorders: ISAW (2014-2017)

SBIR from NIH: IMove: Instrumented Movement Analysis to Quantify Gait in Cerebral Palsy (2015-2017)

NIH, National Cancer Institue: Preventing Falls after Cancer: Tai Chi vs. Strength Training (2012-2017)

Michael J. Fox Foundation: Effects of augmenting cholinergic function on gait and balance (2014-2017)

U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity: Assessment and Rehabilitation of Central Sensory Impairments for Balance in mTBI (2015-2019)

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Identification of Gait and Balance Deficits in Patients with MS using Wireless Sesnors (2014-2017)

Education and training

    • B.S., 1973, University of Wisconsin
    • M.S., 1977, University of Minnesota
    • Ph.D., 1982, University of Washington



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