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 Export to Your Calendar 6/11/2020
When: Live Virtual Learning: Second Thursday of Every Month
7:00 - 8:30 PM
Where: ZOOM Meeting Platform
United States
Presenter: Janet O. Helminski, PT, PhD
Contact: Sharon Meyerhoff, Member Services Manager

Online registration is available until: 6/10/2020
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Interested in research? The Illinois Physical Therapy Foundation (IPTF) offers FREE monthly Live virtual learning webinars that helps our members stay informed about ongoing research efforts, and insight and knowledge on current research and researchers. Plus  - participants can earn continuing education credits (CE).


"Interpretation of Unusual Patterns of Positional Nystagmus:
Apogeotropic PC-BPPV versus Central Positional Vertigo"

Earn 1 FREE hour of CE!

Join us for this month's Spotlight on Research Virtual Learning course as Janet O. Helminski, PT, PhD  presents her research on "Interpretation of Unusual Patterns of Positional Nystagmus: Apogeotropic PC-BPPV versus Central Positional Vertigo."

Unusual patterns of positional nystagmus may be due to atypical-BPPV or central pathologies. The patterns of nystagmus observed in head neutral and provoking positions of positional tests are crucial for hypothesizing the location and direction of movement of debris within the canals. This session will focus on the interpretation of unusual patterns of nystagmus observed during positional testing and canalith repositioning maneuvers due to BPPV. The focus is differential diagnosis of positional downbeat nystagmus - peripheral versus central vestibular dysfunction.

Course Objectives:
Upon completion of this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  • Use evidence based clinical decision rules to differentiate causes of positional nystagmus due to peripheral versus central vestibular dysfunction.
  • Identify and interpret atypical patterns of nystagmus observed during positional testing and canalith repositioning maneuvers based on a better understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the peripheral vestibular system.
  • Identify central paroxysmal positional nystagmus originating from central vestibular dysfunction.
  • Translate biomechanical models of BPPV into the implementation of the “ideal” particle repositioning maneuver.


Janet O. Helminski, PT, PhD is a Professor of Physical Therapy - Midwestern University and a physical therapist Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic. She received her PhD from Northwestern University’s Institute for Neuroscience. Her clinical focus is treating atypical BPPV and uncompensated peripheral vestibular hypofunction. Her current research includes differential diagnosis and management of atypical BPPV, management of uncompensated unilateral peripheral vestibular dysfunction, acquired vertical diplopia, and acute vestibular syndrome in the emergency department.

You are encouraged to send questions and comments prior to the event using the IPTA Research Question Box and the IPTA Research Forum. Please note that you must be logged into the site as an IPTA member to submit your questions.

Upon completion of the webinar, attendees will also be eligible to earn up to 1 FREE CE by filling out a short evaluation form. You MUST RSVP, prior to the date of webinar, in order to receive the email that is sent out the morning of the webinar with the evaluation link.


This meeting will be presented virtually via Zoom. Prior to the meeting, you will have to download the free zoom platform to your PC, MAC, iOS, or Android to utilize its capabilities.  Plan to sign in at 6:00 pm and enter your name when prompted.

An email will go out to all those who RSVP'd to attend the course the morning of the research webinar. In that email will have important information including the meeting ID # and password. It will also contain the course handouts and the link to complete the post presentation Evaluation for CE credit. 

Plan to sign in at 6:55 pm and enter your name, the program will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. 

Topic: Spotlight on Research: Interpretation of Unusual Patterns of Positional Nystagmus 
Time: June 11, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Note to Nonmembers: The IPTA welcome you to register and attend any of our upcoming #THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research educational programming! One of the many benefits of IPTA membership is the opportunity to receive quality FREE CE (Continuing Education) hosted by the Association throughout the year. In free CE opportunities alone, your APTA/IPTA membership can pay for itself! Do the math – we welcome you to explore the various benefits of IPTA membership by clicking here. You too can be a part of your professional association!

The IPTA will only award nonmembers CE certificates for participation during their first TWO free CE events (#THIRDTHURSDAY or Spotlight on Research).


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