Eye-tracking research featured in VCU News

Over the past decade, Dr. Mark Baron, in collaboration with Dr. Paul Wetzel and George Gitchel with the Department of Biomedical Engineering at VCU, have investigated how eye movements are related to neurological movement disorders.  They have utilized an eye tracking device, that consists of a headband with two small cameras, recording how a volunteer’s eyes move while following a target on a computer monitor.  This short, non-invasive, painless, and simple test provides a tremendous amount of data in a short amount of time.
The findings of this research are very exciting.  The research group has observed that each movement disorder results in a unique set of eye movement abnormalities.  This allows the researchers to differentiate any neurological movement disorder with a high level of accuracy.  To date, over 2,800 subjects have volunteered for the project, conducted at the McGuire Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center.  This collaborative research project has resulted in a unique diagnostic test, that is capable of taking the results of a clinical exam, and translating it into a test that is purely objective, quantifiable, and unambiguous.

More information about the project and results is highlighted in this VCU News article:
In the blink of an eye, VCU researchers detect early signs of movement disorders

Thank you to all who have volunteered to participate in this ongoing research project!

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Andrea Perseghin is the Associate Director for Education and Outreach at the VCU PMDC. She manages all of the educational programming for the center — and is lost without her iPhone alerts.

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