Bringing together the Vertigo Community
The Vestibular Pathophysiology Research Group (GDR Vertige in French; Unit GDR3698) was created in 2015 at the initiative of Dr C Chabbert (Laboratory of Sensory and Cognitive Neuroscience; Marseille) with the aim of bringing together the multidisciplinary components of the neuro-otology community (field of study and treatment of balance disorders and vertigo) and to encourage exchanges and collaborations on scientific and clinical projects.
“Encourage exchanges and collaborations on scientific and clinical projects”
A multidisciplinary community
The GDR Vertige brings together clinicians, researchers and industrialists around the theme of equilibration and vestibular disorders.
Initiatives: Various initiatives were launched from the first year of creation, with the objective of stimulating the neuro-otology community (Website), promoting exchanges between researchers and clinicians (Annual Colloquium), stimulating the implementation of ambitious research projects (thematic teams – EQTEM), to sensitize young researchers and clinicians to fundamental and translational research on vestibular disorders (thematic school), to extend the GDRV to learned societies in the French-speaking world (international partnerships) and to financially support research projects (Donation Campaigns).
Developments: During its first term (2015-2019), the GDRV continued to develop. The various steps taken have garnered strong support. New research teams, clinical services, private companies and professional associations have joined GDR Vertige and contributed to its initiatives. During this period, visits to the site htt: //gdrvertige.com experienced exponential attendance (from 3,300 annual visits and 1,700 new visitors in 2015 to +9,000 annual visits and 4,000 new visitors in 2019). Many interdisciplinary research projects have emerged and are currently under development (see EQTEM page).
Renewal: At the end of the GDRV first term, a renewal request was filed with the CNRS (PDF available at click). The request received a very favorable opinion from sections 25 and 26 of the National Committee and the GDRV was renewed (Unit GDR2074) for 5 years over the period 2020-2024. During this second term, the GDR vertige wishes to open up to the field of human and social sciences, strengthen its visibility with research funding bodies, and develop its links with foreign research teams. The federative group also aims to gradually transform itself into a long-lasting research structure on the model of Institute, structured around thematic teams.