Faculty Director
Faculty Co-Directors
  Joseph Furman
Mark Redfern
Faculty Researchers

Joseph M. Furman, MD, PhD
Co-Director, MVRC
Professor, Departments of Otolaryngology, Neurology, Bioengineering, and Physical Therapy.

Dr. Furman received a BSE in Electrical Engineering and BA in Natural Science from the University of Pennsylvania in 1973. In 1977 he received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania and in 1979 he received a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Furman's current research projects concern processing of vestibular information by the central nervous system in both normal human subjects and patients with various disorders. In particular, the focus of Dr. Furman's research is the otolith-ocular reflex. His laboratory has recently been performing experiments regarding Listing's Law and regarding interactions between cognition and the ocular motor system. The influence on age on these processes is being actively investigated. Patient populations under study include patients with migrainous vertigo, patients with anxiety disorders, and patients with otitis media.

  Casselbrant ML, Mandel EM, Sparto PJ, Redfern MS, Furman JM: Contribution of vision to balance in children four to eight years of age. Annals of Otology, Rhinology & Laryngology. 116(9):653-7, 2007 Sep.
  Redfern MS, Furman JM, Jacob RG: Visually induced postural sway in anxiety disorders. Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 21(5):704-16, 2007.
  Evans RW, Marcus D, Furman JM: Motion sickness and migraine. Headache. 47(4):607-10, 2007 Apr.
  Furman JM, Redfern MS, Jacob RG: Vestibulo-ocular function in anxiety disorders. Journal of Vestibular Research. 16(4-5):209-15, 2006.
  Sparto PJ, Furman JM, Redfern MS: Head sway response to optic flow: effect of age is more important than the presence of unilateral vestibular hypofunction. Journal of Vestibular Research. 16(3):137-45, 2006.
  Whitney SL, Sparto PJ, Hodges LF, Babu SV, Furman JM, Redfern MS: Responses to a Virtual Reality Grocery Store in Persons with and without Vestibular Dysfunction. Cyberpsychology & Behavior, 9(2):152-156, 2006.
  Sparto PJ, Redfern MS, Jasko JG, Casselbrant ML, Mandel EM, Furman JM: The influence of dynamic visual cues for postural control in children aged 7-12 years. Experimental Brain Research, 168:505-516 2006.
  Marcus DA, Furman JM, Balaban CD: Motion sickness in migraine sufferers. Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy. 6(15):2691-7, 2005 Dec.
  Furman JM, Sparto PJ, Soso M, Marcus D: Vestibular Function in Migraine-Related Dizziness: A Pilot Study. Journal of Vestibular Research, 15:327-332, 2005.
  Whitney SL, Jacob RG, Sparto PJ, Olshansky E, Detweiler-Shostak G, Brown EL, Furman JM: Acrophobia and pathological height vertigo: indications for vestibular physical therapy? Physical Therapy, 85:443-58 2005.
  Furman JM, Balaban CD, Jacob RG, Marcus DA: Migraine-anxiety related dizziness (MARD): a new disorder? J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 76:1-8, 2005.
  Sparto PJ, Whitney SL, Hodges LF, Furman JM, Redfern MS (2004) Simulator sickness when performing gaze shifts within a wide field of view optic flow environment: Preliminary evidence for using virtual reality in vestibular rehabilitation. Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, 2004:1:14, doi:10.1186/1743-0003-1-14.
  Furman JM, Hain TC: "Do try this at home": self-treatment of BPPV. Neurology 63:8-9, 2004.
  Muller ML, Jennings JR, Redfern MS, Furman JM: Effect of preparation on dual-task performance in postural control. Journal of Motor Behavior 36:137-146, 2004.
  Marcus DA, Kapelewski C, Rudy TE, Jacob RG, Furman JM: Diagnosis of migrainous vertigo: validity of a structured interview. Med Sci Monit 10(5):CR197-201, 2004.
  Redfern MS, Talkowski M, Jennings JR, Furman JM: Cognitive influences in postural control of patients with unilateral vestibular loss. Gait Posture. 19:105-114, 2004.
  Whitney SL, Wrisley DM, Brown KE, Furman JM: Is perception of handicap related to functional performance in persons with vestibular dysfunction? Otol Neurotol 25:139-143, 2004.
  Furman JM, Muller ML, Redfern M, Jennings JR: Visual-vestibular stimulation interferes with information processing in young and older humans. Exp Brain Res 2003, 152:383-392.
  Furman JM, Hsu LC, Whitney SL, Redfern MS: Otolith-ocular responses in patients with surgically confirmed unilateral peripheral vestibular loss. J Vestib Research 13:143-151, 2003.
  Wrisley DM, Whitney SL, Furman JM: Vestibular rehabilitation outcomes in patients with a history of migraine. Otology & Neurotology 2002, 23(4):483-487.
  Whitney SL, Wrisley DM, Marchetti G, Furman JM. The effect of age on vestibular rehabilitation outcomes. Laryngoscope 2002, 112(10):1785-1790.
  Whitney SL, Sparto PJ, Brown KE, Furman JM, Jacobson JL, Redfern MS: The Potential Use of Virtual Reality in Vestibular Rehabilitation: Preliminary Findings with the BNAVE. Neurology Report. 26(2):72-78, 2002.
  Borger LL, Whitney SL, Redfern MS, Furman JM: The influence of dynamic visual environments on postural sway in the elderly. J Vestib Res 9:197-205, 1999.
  Casselbrant ML, Redfern MS, Furman JM, Fall PA, Mandel EM: Visual-induced postural sway in children with and without otitis media. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 107(5):401-405, 1998.
  Loughlin PJ, Redfern MS, Furman JM: Time-varying characteristics of visually induced postural sway. IEEE Transaction on Rehabilitation Engineering 4(4):416-424, 1996.
  Jacob RG, Redfern MS, Furman JM: Optic flow-induced sway in anxiety disorders associated with space and motion discomfort. J Anxiety Disorders 9(5):411-425,1995.
  Redfern MS, Furman JM: Postural sway of patients with vestibular disorders during optic flow. J Vestibular Res 4(3): 221-230, 1994.


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