Dr Miriam Welgampola Director, Neuro-otologist
Dr Miriam Welgampola is an Associate Professor of Neurology at the Central Clinical School, University of Sydney. She is a neuro-otologist and Director of Clinical Research at The Balance Clinic. Born in Sri Lanka, Miriam was awarded a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery MBBS(Hons) in 1994 from the University of New South Wales. Having completed basic physicians training at the Prince of Wales Hospital Randwick, she undertook a PhD in vestibular physiology (1999-2003) and post doctoral research at the Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience, University College London (2003-2005) and at the Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins University (2006). Miriam undertook the Australasian Neurology Fellowship at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London in 2005.
Since returning to Australia she has been a consultant neurologist at the Institute of Clinical Neurosciences, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. The Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Foundation Senior Principal Research Fellowship (2009-2013) enabled her to establish an independent research laboratory that unifies vestibulo ocular and vestibulospinal reflex testing.
Miriam's clinical work focuses on ictal assessment of acute vestibular syndromes presenting to the emergency room, early diagnosis of vestibular disorders by event monitoring and treatment of intractable positional vertigo (BPV). Her translational research focuses on “capturing” acute vertigo in the frontline (emergency department and general practice). She supervises three doctoral fellows and researchers from the disciplines of Medicine, Nursing, Audiology, Engineering and Psychology.
Currently active research projects
- Capturing and Treating vertigo in the Emergency Department
- Non-invasive Vestibular Testing in Vestibular Schwannoma
- Capturing Acute Vertigo by Home Monitoring
- Evoked Potential Tests in Superior Canal Dehiscence and other third window syndromes
- Defining Characteristics of peripheral and central positional nystagmus on the Epley Omniax Rotator
- Pre and post surgical vestibular function in Cochlear Implantation