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Erik Viirre M.D. Ph.D.

Erik Viirre M.D. Ph.D.

Dr. Viirre is the Medical and Technical Director of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE. His primary appointment is Adjunct Professor in the UCSD Departments of Neurosciences, Surgery and Cognitive Science. His clinical specialties are vertigo, balance problems and tinnitus. In the UCSD Health System, he treats people with disorders such as Migraine, Meniere’s Disease, inner ear infections and Benign Positional Vertigo (BPV). Dr Viirre’s scientific interests include vision, hearing and the vestibular system and higher cognitive function where he is extensively published in the scientific literature. At the Arthur C Clarke Center for Human Imagination, Dr Viirre is a Scholar-in-Residence. He has done research for the National Institutes of Health, the United States Navy, DARPA and NASA. Dr. Viirre is an experienced technology developer with numerous patents and completed engineering projects. He is a consultant for groups such as the XPRIZE Foundation, the National Academy of Science and a variety of medical and computer technology companies. He has participated in a variety of start-up companies, including Zero G Corporation, and Otosound LLC, which is bringing to market technology for treatment of tinnitus that he developed and patented at UCSD.

Dr. Viirre received his Ph.D. in Neurophysiology in 1987 at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada and his M.D. in 1988. Also in 1988, he was in the inaugural class of International Space University. He completed a Rotating Internship at St. Josephs's Medical Center in London, Canada in 1989. After his internship in London, he was a fellow at the Robarts Research Institute in functional imaging and had an eye care practice. In 1994, Dr. Viirre was a Visiting Professor in Neurology and Ophthalmology at UCLA where he did a fellowship in Medical Neurotology, the management of inner ear disorders. In 1995-99 he was a Scientist at the Human Interface Technology Lab at the University of Washington. He was a Senior Scientist in the Human Performance Department of the US Navy’s Naval Health Research Center from 2001 to 2012 and is a member of the Clinical Investigation Department at Naval Medical Center San Diego as of 2012.

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