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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Glasauer

Geschäftsführer Zentrum für Sensomotorik


Senior Scientist of the Center for Sensorimotor Research at the Department of Neurology

Dept. of Neurology
Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Klinikum Großhadern
Marchioninistr. 15, 81377 Munich, Germany

Tel. ++ 49 89 4400-74839
Fax ++ 49 89 4400-74801

Further Information: Zentrum für Sensomotorik


Main Research Topics


1. Perception of spatial orientation and the role of the vestibular system: theoretical and experimental work

2. Human path integration during active and passive motion

3. Modeling of 3-D eye movements in health and disease

4. Influence of microgravity on human vestibular perception (parabolic flight, space flight)

5. Processing of vestibular information in the brainstem and the cerebellum revealed by single-cell recordings in the monkey

6. Mechanisms of spatial working memory

See also: Neurological Research Center


Selected Literature


- Schneider E, Glasauer S, Dieterich M: Central processing of human ocular torsion analyzed by galvanic vestibular stimulation. NeuroReport 11: 1559-1563, 2000

- Glasauer S, Dieterich M, Brandt T: Central positional nystagmus simulated by a mathematical ocular motor model of otolith-dependent modification of Listing’s plane. J Neurophysiol 86: 1546-1554, 2001

- Nowak D, Hermsdörfer J, Glasauer S, Phillip J, Meyer L, Mai N: The effects of digital anesthesia on predictive grip force adjustments during vertical movement of a grasped object. Eur J Neurosci 14: 756-762, 2001

- Wilden A, Glasauer S, Kleine JF, Büttner U: Modelling transfer characteristics of vestibular neurons in the fastigial nucleus of the behaving monkey on the basis of canal-otolith interaction. Neuroreport 13: 799-804, 2002

- Glasauer S, Amorim MA, Viaud-Delmon I, Berthoz A. Differential effects of labyrinthine dysfunction on distance and direction during blindfolded walking of a triangular path. Exp Brain Res 145: 489-497, 2002

- Jahn K, Strupp M, Krafczyk S, Schüler O, Glasauer S, Brandt T. Suppression of eye movements improves balance. Brain 125: 2005-2011, 2002

- Glasauer S, Hoshi M, Kempermann U, Eggert T, Büttner U. Three-dimensional eye position and slow phase velocity in humans with downbeat nystagmus. J. Neurophysiol. 89: 338-354, 2003

- Nowak D, Glasauer S, Hermsdörfer J: How predictive is grip force control in the complete absence of somatosensory feedback? Brain 127: 182-192, 2003

- Glasauer S: Cerebellar contribution to saccades and gaze holding: a modelling approach. Ann NY Acad Sci 1004: 206-219, 2003

- Kalla R, Glasauer S, Schautzer F, Lehnen N, Büttner U, Strupp M, Brandt T. 4-aminopyridine improves downbeat nystagmus, smooth pursuit, and VOR gain. Neurology 62: 1228-1229, 2004

- Glasauer S, von Lindeiner H, Siebold S, Buettner U: Vertical vestibular responses to head impulses are symmetrical in downbeat nystagmus. Neurology 62: 2004, in press

- Schneider E, Glasauer S, Dieterich M, Kalla R, Brandt T: Diagnosis of Vestibular Imbalance in the Blink of an Eye. Neurology 62: 2004, in press




1) Mathematical modeling and simulation

2) Psychophysics of spatial orientation and motion perception using various stimulation devices (rotating chair, human centrifuge, sled and robot, microgravity: space flight and parabolic flight)

3) Eye movement recordings by various methods (dual search-coil, video-oculography)

4) Motion analysis (3-D infrared video system)




DFG Gl 342/1

Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

Bayerische Forschungsstiftung FORBIAS


Team Members


Erich Schneider

Klaus Bartl

Stanislavs Bardins


Cooperation with


Prof. Dr. D. Straumann, University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. A. Berthoz, College de France, Paris, France

Prof. Dr. T. Mergner, Dept. of Neurology, Univ. Freiburg, Germany

Prof. Dr. H. Mittelstaedt, MPIV Seewiesen, Germany

Dr. W.G. Wright, OHSU, Portland, USA



Neurologische Klinik und Poliklinik & Deutsches Schwindel- und Gleichgewichtszentrum DSGZ
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Klinikum Großhadern, Marchioninistraße 15
D-81377 München

Univ.Prof. Dr. med. Marianne Dieterich, FANA, FEAN

Tel. (089) 4400-0