Seeing-Moving-Playing: Early Rehabilitation utilizing visual and vestibular technology following traumatic brain injury


Dizziness and visual problems commonly occur following TBI and in many cases symptoms and functional limitations persist and require treatment. The current literature evaluating injury to the visual and vestibular systems is limited. There is emerging evidence suggesting that rehabilitative strategies that include ocular and vestibular rehabilitation may be of benefit following TBI. Thus, the aim of this translational research program is to bring together an international group of clinician scientists with expertise in TBI across the spectrum of severity and age to: 1) evaluate ocular, vestibulo-ocular and visual perception deficits that occur following TBI; and 2) evaluate the efficacy of rehabilitative strategies for individuals where impairments in oculomotor, vestibulo-ocular and visual perception persist for greater than 10 days. This study will include 465 youth and young adults (aged 6-30) who sustain a TBI of any severity (as per the InTBIR recommended definition). An initial evaluative phase utilizing the best available technology to evaluate oculomotor, vestibulo-ocular and dynamic visual attention will be performed. If functional alterations persist 10 days following injury, participants will be randomly allocated to a treatment group or a control group. It is expected that this program will inform clinical practice and future research leading to a multifaceted intervention program in TBI across the spectrum.


Imaging techniques, Behavioural methodologies, Clinical trial, Vestibular, Oculomotor, Dynamic visual attention

Call topic

External Insults

Proposed runtime

2017 - 2021

Project team

Isabelle Gagnon (Coordinator)
Canada (CIHR, FRQS)
Kathryn Schneider
Canada (CIHR)
Mathilde Chevignard
France (ANR)
Michal Katz-Leurer
Israel (CSO-MOH)