Satellite Meeting

Join us April 26 & 27, 2020 for the NCM Satellite Meeting “A fine balance: The neural control of eye and head movements in health versus disease”. The Satellite meeting will be held at the Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik hotel in advance of the annual Society for the Neural Control of Movement Meeting.

Neural Control of Movement Satellite Meeting

A fine balance: The neural control of eye and head movements in health versus disease

The Satellite Meeting will begin with registration and an optional (additional charge) dinner on Sunday April 26th followed by the main sessions on Monday April 27th 2020 at the Valamar Lacroma Dubrovnik Hotel in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The satellite is organized by Natela Shanidze, The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute and Neeraj Gandhi, University of Pittsburgh

The vestibular and oculomotor systems are inextricably linked in their design. Without proper eye movement control (motor), vestibular function is disrupted, and without vestibular signal (sensory), appropriate eye movement control is not possible in a moving organism. Although this interdependence has complex effects on visual stability, balance, and posture; the two systems can often seem simple in their basic architecture. For example, the vestibular apparatus is an engineering marvel for understanding signal processing and developing neural prostheses. Insults to the vestibular and oculomotor control streams produce profound effects on both behavior and perception (visual and vestibular) yet can also exhibit a resilient ability to recover. A deeper understanding of these systems, both intact and damaged, requires studies that bridge cellular and systems neurosciences and also incorporate behavioral, computational, and clinical efforts.

The satellite meeting will consider this range of topics through sessions focused on oculomotor control and vestibular processing in periphery and in the central nervous system, particularly in terms of their impact on action and perception.

Satellite Meeting Keynote Speaker:
W. Michael King, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

17:00 – 19:00

Satellite Registration

Stop by the registration desk to pick up your name badge and program.

18:30 – 20:30

Optional Satellite dinner

Pre-registration and payment is required for this optional dinner


07:30 – 08:00


08:00 – 08:10

Welcome/Introduction from Natela Shanidze and Raj Gandhi

08:10 – 10:00

Session 1: Sensory signals from the vestibular periphery to the CNS

Discussion Leader: Pierre-Paul Vidal, Paris Descartes University


Anna Lysakowski, University of Illinois at Chicago

Larry Hoffman, University of California Los Angeles

Hans Straka, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität

Hong Zhu, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Holly Holman, University of Utah

10:00 – 10:15

Coffee break

10:15 – 12:05

Session 2: CNS signals: Vestibular reflexes, eye movements and motor learning

Discussion Leader: Hans van der Steen, Erasmus University Medical Center


Paul MacNeilage, University of Nevada, Reno

Kathleen Cullen, Johns Hopkins University

Wu Zhou, University of Mississippi Medical Center

Jennifer Raymond, Stanford University

Chris de Zeeuw, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience

12:05 – 14:15

Lunch and Satellite Meeting poster session

14:15 – 15:45

Session 3: CNS signals: Perception and memory

Discussion Leader: Lawrence Snyder, Washington University


Steve Lisberger, Duke University

Dora Angelaki, New York University

Andrea Green, University of Montreal

Paul May, University of Mississippi Medical Center

15:45 – 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30

Session 4: Dysfunctional vestibular signals

Discussion Leader: Richard Lewis, Massachusetts Eye and Ear


Bill Yates, University of Pittsburgh

Courtney Stewart, University of Michigan

David Dickman, Baylor University

Mayu Takahashi, Tokyo Medical and Dental University

17:30 – 17:50

Keynote introduction

17:50 – 18:30

Satellite keynote – Michael King, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor