Rick Rabbitt, professor of bioengineering at the University of Utah, has won the prestigious Hallpike-Nylen prize and medal from the Bárány Society in Uppsala, Sweden.

These awards were presented on May 27 at the XXVIII International Meeting of the Bárány Society in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rabbitt was recognized for his work on neurophysiology of the inner ear. Neurophysiology is the study of how the nervous system functions. At each meeting, three awards (the Bárány gold medal, the Hallpike-Nylen prize and the Hallpike-Nylen medal) are awarded. The Hallpike-Nylen prize is intended for clinical research, and the Hallpike-Nylen medal is intended for basic research.

These awards are given in honor of Dr. Robert Bárány, who was professor of otorhinolaryngology at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, from 1926 to 1936. This meeting marked the centennial anniversary of Bárány’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his fundamental work on the physiology and pathology of the vestibular system, which contributes to balance and the sense of spatial orientation in mammals. The Barany Society is an international interdisciplinary society which was founded in 1960 by C.S. Hallpike and Nylen to honor Bárány’s memory.

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