Neuro-Otology


This program is dedicated to multidisciplinary research in the basic and clinical aspects of neurotology. The objective of the basic research program is to study the function of the inner ear receptor organs and central nervous system, elements, which together are responsible for the maintenance of equilibrium and hearing. The clinical research program is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disorders that cause deafness, tinnitus, vertigo, and disequilibrium. The overall goal of the investigative and training program is the acquisition of basic information regarding normal and abnormal auditory and vestibular function. To this end, it is necessary to develop, apply, and evaluate diagnostic test and rehabilitative procedures for patients with neurotologic disorders. These objectives are accomplished in a combined laboratory and clinical setting which makes possible the cooperation of investigators with skills in basic, developmental, and clinical research methods.

Trainees undertake a primary role in their selected area of research, including the development of research goals, the experimental design, the collection and analysis of data and the dissemination of results. All trainees are encouraged to present their results at national and international scientific meetings, and all are involved in the preparation of full-length manuscripts.

Neurotology rounds: The physician-trainee selects patients with vestibular or oculomotor dysfunction from the wards of any department of the UCLA Hospital and present them at weekly neuro-opthalmology rounds attended by staff, fellows, and students from the neurology, ophthalmology, and other departments.

Clinics: The physician-trainee oversees the outpatient vestibular clinic and may participate in the evaluation of patients. The trainee is available to consult with staff about the evaluation of test results. The trainee may attend the outpatient neurology clinic and may care for patients with neurotologic disorder, making interesting cases available to the research group for study.

Reading electronystagmograms (ENG): The trainee will analyze electronystamographic eye movement recordings and dictate written reports of test results to referring staff and outside physicians.

Meetings/Seminars: The trainee participates in weekly human vestibular research group meetings in which research goals and progress are discussed. Unusual eye movement recordings are presented and analyzed. The trainee attends the weekly oculomotor and vision seminars in the Jules Stein Eye Institute in which various staff, fellows, or visiting speakers present specific topics to staff and fellows in related departments. The trainee may present selected topics, including data from their own research project. A variety of lectures, seminars, and rounds in related departments are available.

Please send all application to:

Robert Baloh, M.D.
Department of Neurology
710 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1769
(310) 825-5910
FAX (310) 206-1513 rwbaloh@ucla.edu


Fellowship Information


Fellowship Duration

1-2 years

Fellowship Salary

Variable

Fellowship Application Period

Accepted 12-18 months prior to start date

Typical Source of Funding

NIH

Number of Positions Funded Per Year

1

Is Program Conducted Entirely Within the Department of Neurology

No, also Head & Neck Surgery