General Information

 

Name:                                         Matthew James THURTELL

 

Date of Birth:                       9th February 1976

 

Address:                                   Apartment 105

                                                         2536 Overlook Road

                                                         Cleveland Heights OH 44106

                                                         UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

 

Electronic Mail:                 mj.thurtell@gmail.com

 

 

Qualifications

 

Tertiary and Vocational

 

2003 – 2007                          Fellowship of Royal Australasian College of Physicians

                                                         Written Exam: Pass on first attempt (Not Graded), 2005

                                                         Clinical Exam: Pass on first attempt (Not Graded), 2005

                                                         Royal Australasian College of Physicians

 

1999 – 2005                          Master of Science in Medicine

(conferred 2007)                           Department of Medicine, University of Sydney

 

1994 – 2000                          Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (Honours I)

(conferred 2001)                           University of Sydney

 

1997                                             Bachelor of Science (Medical) (Honours I)

(conferred 1998)                           Department of Physiology, University of Sydney

 

Secondary

 

1993                                             Higher School Certificate

                                                         Tertiary Entrance Rank: 99.65

                                                         Mount Carmel High School, Varroville

 

Other

 

2006 – 2007                          United States of America ECFMG Certificate

                                                         Part 1: Pass (238 [3-digit score], 96 [2-digit score])

                                                         Part 2 (CK): Pass (258 [3-digit score], 99 [2-digit score])

                                                         Part 2 (CS): Pass (Not Graded)

                                                         Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

 

1997                                             Associate in Music, Australia

                                                         Major in Piano Performance

                                                         Australian Music Examinations Board

 

Clinical Experience

 

2007 –                                       Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellow

University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Cleveland OH

Supervisors: Prof. RJ Leigh and Prof. RL Tomsak

 

2005 – 2006                          Neurology Advanced Trainee

                                                         Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney

                                                         Supervisors: Prof. GM Halmagyi and Prof. JD Pollard

                                                         Concord Repatriation General Hospital, Sydney

                                                         Supervisor: Prof. AJ Corbett

 

2003 – 2004                          Basic Physician (Internal Medicine) Trainee

                                                         Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney

 

2002                                             Resident Medical Officer

                                                         Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney

 

2001                                             Intern

                                                         John Hunter Hospital, Newcastle

 

 

Research Experience

 

Local

 

1999 – 2005                          Project: Kinematics of eye movements in cerebellar atrophy Department of Neurology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

                                                         Supervisor: Prof. GM Halmagyi

 

1997                                             Project: Eye position-dependence in the aVOR

                                                         Department of Neurology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

                                                         Supervisors: Prof. GM Halmagyi and Prof. AE Sefton

 

Overseas

 

12/2000 – 1/2001              Project: Modeling saccadic eye movements

                                                         Department of Computer and Information Science

                                                         Brooklyn College of CUNY, New York, USA

                                                         Supervisor: Prof. T Raphan

 

11/1999 – 2/2000              Project: Head, body and arm movements during locomotion Department of Neurology

                                                         Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, USA

                                                         Supervisors: Prof. T Raphan and Prof. B Cohen

 

7/1998 and 12/1998        Project: Modeling eye position-dependence in the aVOR Department of Computer and Information Science

                                                         Brooklyn College of CUNY, New York, USA

                                                         Supervisor: Prof. T Raphan

Publications

 

Journal Publications

 

Thurtell MJ, Halmagyi GM. Complete ophthalmoplegia: an unusual sign of bilateral paramedian midbrain-thalamic infarction. Stroke (In press).

 

Weber KP, Thurtell MJ, Halmagyi GM. Convergence spasm associated with midbrain compression by cerebral aneurysm. Neurology (In press).

 

Thurtell MJ, Besser M, Halmagyi GM. Pituitary apoplexy causing isolated blindness after cardiac bypass surgery. Arch Ophthalmol (In press).

 

Thurtell MJ, Akdal G, Magnussen JS, Halmagyi GM. A 93 year old man thought to have Parkinson’s disease. J Clin Neurosci (In press).

 

Leigh RJ, Thurtell MJ. Reply. Ann Neurol 2007 (In press).

 

Akdal G, Thurtell MJ, Halmagyi GM. Isolated lateropulsion in acute lateral medullary infarction. Arch Neurol 2007; 64: 1542-1543.

 

Thurtell MJ, Besser M, Halmagyi GM. Anterior clinoid mucocele causing acute monocular blindness. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol 2007; 35: 675-676.

 

Thurtell MJ, Tomsak RL, Leigh RJ. Disorders of saccades. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep 2007; 7: 407-416.

 

Leigh RJ, Thurtell MJ. Vestibular areflexia: under the radar. Ann Neurol 2007; 61: 499-500.

 

Thurtell MJ, Keed AB, Yan M, Gottlieb T, Spies JM, Halmagyi GM. Tuberculous cranial pachymeningitis. Neurology 2007; 68: 298-300.

 

Thurtell MJ, Sharp KL, Spies JM, Halmagyi GM. Isolated sixth cranial nerve palsy in preeclampsia. J Neuroophthalmol 2006; 26: 296-298.

 

Black RA, Halmagyi GM, Thurtell MJ, Todd MJ, Curthoys IS. The active head-impulse test in unilateral peripheral vestibulopathy. Arch Neurol 2005; 62: 290-293.

 

Halmagyi GM, Black RA, Thurtell MJ, Curthoys IS. The human horizontal vestibulo-ocular reflex in response to active and passive head impulses after unilateral vestibular deafferentation. Ann NY Acad Sci 2003; 1004: 325-336.

 

Thurtell MJ, Kunin M, Raphan T. Role of muscle pulleys in producing eye position-dependence in the angular vestibuloocular reflex: a model-based study. J Neurophysiol 2000; 84: 639-650.

 

Thurtell MJ, Black RA, Halmagyi GM, Curthoys IS, Aw ST. Vertical eye position-dependence of the human vestibuloocular reflex during passive and active yaw head rotations. J Neurophysiol 1999; 81: 2415-2428.

Black RA, Halmagyi GM, Curthoys IS, Thurtell MJ, Brizuela AE. Unilateral vestibular deafferentation produces no long-term effects on human active eye-head coordination. Exp Brain Res 1998; 122: 362-366.

 

Book Chapters

 

Halmagyi GM, Thurtell MJ. Central eye movement disorders. In: Albert DM, Miller JW, Azar DT, Blodi BA (Eds). Albert and Jakobiec’s principles and practice of ophthalmology, 3rd Ed (In press). WB Saunders: Philadelphia, USA.

 

Halmagyi GM, Thurtell MJ, Curthoys IS. Vertigo: clinical syndromes. In: Gleeson, M (Ed). Scott-Brown’s otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery, 2nd Ed (In press). Hodder Arnold: London, UK.

 

Theses

 

Thurtell MJ. Effect of eye position on the three-dimensional kinematics of saccadic and vestibular-evoked eye movements. (MScMed Thesis). University of Sydney: Sydney, Australia, 2005. http://hdl.handle.net/2123/1665

 

Thurtell MJ. Effect of eye position on the human angular vestibulo-ocular reflex. (BSc(Med)(Hons) Thesis). University of Sydney: Sydney, Australia, 1997.

 

 

Abstracts

 

Thurtell MJ, Raphan T, Black RA, Todd MJ, Leigh RJ, Halmagyi GM. Three-dimensional kinematics of saccadic eye movements in humans with cerebellar degeneration. (Poster: Conference to honor Jean Büttner-Ennever, London, 3-5 December 2007)

 

Thurtell MJ, Raphan T, Black RA, Todd MJ, Leigh RJ, Halmagyi GM. Three-dimensional kinematics of saccadic eye movements in humans with cerebellar degeneration. (Platform Presentation: American Neurological Association Eye Movement Meeting, Washington DC, 7 October 2007)

 

Reddel SW, Cole RN, Thurtell MJ, Phillips WD. The agrin-MuSK pathway as the second messenger at the neuromuscular junction. (Platform presentation: Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists 12th Clinical Neurophysiology Workshop, Southport, 30 September – 3 October 2007)

 

Parker GD, Thurtell MJ, Wilkinson M, Dunne V, Halmagyi GM. Management of idiopathic intracranial hypertension with stenting of transverse cerebral venous sinus stenoses: a case series. (Platform presentation: Neuro-Ophthalmology Society of Australia 23rd Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, Brisbane, 29-30 August 2007)

 

Thurtell MJ, Sharp KL, Ho PJ, Gibson J, Davies L, Spies JM. Leukoencephalopathy following intrathecal methotrexate. (Poster: Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists Annual Scientific Meeting, Uluru, 21-25 May 2007)

 

Thurtell MJ, Parker GD, Halmagyi GM. Management of idiopathic intracranial hypertension with stenting of transverse cerebral venous sinus stenoses: a case series. (Platform presentation: American Academy of Neurology 59th Annual Meeting, Boston, 28 April – 5 May 2007)

 

Thurtell MJ, Halmagyi GM. Complete internal and external ophthalmoplegia due to bilateral paramedian midbrain-thalamic infarcts. (Poster: North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society 33rd Annual Meeting, Snowbird, 10-15 February 2007)

 

Thurtell MJ, Halmagyi GM. Acute monocular blindness due to mucocele of the anterior clinoid process. (Poster: North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society 33rd Annual Meeting, Snowbird, 10-15 February 2007)

 

Thurtell MJ, Halmagyi GM. A young woman with migraine, dizziness, and “dancing eyes”. [A case of congenital nystagmus.] (Case presentation; Neuro-Otology Society of Australia 16th Annual Meeting, Sydney, 4-5 November 2006)

 

Thurtell MJ, Halmagyi GM. “Frozen eyes” in late pregnancy. [A case of complete internal and external ophthalmoplegia following bilateral paramedian midbrain-thalamic infarcts.] (Case presentation; Neuro-Ophthalmology Society of Australia 22nd Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, Adelaide, 14-15 September 2006)

 

Thurtell MJ, Parmar J, Nicholson GA, Reddel SW. MuSK seropositive and seronegative autoimmune myasthenia gravis in Australasia. (Platform presentation; Australian Association of Neurologists Annual Scientific Meeting, Canberra, 1-5 May 2006)

 

Thurtell MJ, Halmagyi GM. Blind after bypass. [A case of pituitary apoplexy following coronary artery bypass grafting.] (Case presentation; Neuro-Ophthalmology Society of Australia 21st Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, Sydney, 3-4 November 2005)

 

Thurtell MJ, Halmagyi GM. Blindness and ophthalmoplegia. [A case of invasive fungal sinusitis following systemic chemotherapy for leukaemia.] (Case presentation; Neuro-Ophthalmology Society of Australia 21st Annual Clinical and Scientific Meeting, Sydney, 3-4 November 2005)

 

Black RA, Thurtell MJ, Halmagyi GM, Todd MJ, Curthoys IS. The horizontal VOR with active and passive head impulses after unilateral vestibular deafferentation. (Platform presentation; 22nd Bárány Society Meeting, Seattle, 26-29 October 2002)

 

Thurtell MJ, Black RA, Raphan T, Todd MJ, Halmagyi GM. Three-dimensional kinematics of saccadic eye movements in humans with cerebellar atrophy. (Platform presentation; Neuro-Otology Society of Australia 11th Annual Meeting, Sydney, 20-21 October 2001)

 

Black RA, Thurtell MJ, Halmagyi GM, Curthoys IS. The human horizontal vestibulo-ocular reflex in response to active and passive head impulses after unilateral vestibular deafferentation. (Platform presentation; Neuro-Otology Society of Australia 11th Annual Meeting, Sydney, 20-21 October 2001)

Thurtell MJ, Raphan T, Kunin M, Black RA, Halmagyi GM. How mathematical models can predict anatomy and physiology: rectus muscle pulleys and vestibular mechanisms. (Poster; Australian Association of Neurologists Golden Jubilee Scientific Meeting, Melbourne, 15-19 May 2000)

 

Thurtell MJ, Black RA, Raphan T, Kunin M, Halmagyi GM. Role of muscle pulleys in producing eye position-dependence during high velocity head rotations. Soc Neurosci Abstr 1999; 25: 1649. (Poster; Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Miami Beach, 23-28 October 1999)

 

Black RA, Thurtell MJ, Halmagyi GM, Curthoys IS, Gilchrist DP. Characteristics of corrective eye movements made in response to active and passive head impulses in subjects with vestibular loss. Soc Neurosci Abstr 1999; 25: 659. (Poster; Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Miami Beach, 23-28 October 1999)

 

Thurtell MJ, Raphan T, Black RA. Rectus muscle pulleys and their role in producing eye position-dependence in the vestibulo-ocular reflex. (Platform presentation; Neuro-Otology Society of Australia 9th Annual Meeting, Sydney, 13-14 November 1999)

 

Black RA, Thurtell MJ, Halmagyi GM, Curthoys IS. Unilateral vestibular deafferentation (uVD) produces no long-term effects on human active eye-head coordination. (Platform presentation; Neuro-Otology Society of Australia 9th Annual Meeting, Sydney, 13-14 November 1999)

 

Thurtell MJ, Black RA, Curthoys IS, Migliaccio AA, Halmagyi GM. Effect of vertical eye position on the human VOR in response to passive and active high acceleration yaw head rotations. Soc Neurosci Abstr 1998; 24: 1658. (Poster; Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, 7-12 November 1998)

 

Black RA, Thurtell MJ, Halmagyi GM, Curthoys IS. Responses to active and passive high acceleration yaw head rotations in subjects with vestibular loss. Soc Neurosci Abstr 1998; 24: 1657. (Poster; Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, 7-12 November 1998)

 

 

Scholarships and Awards

 

2007                                      i.   American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting Resident Research Travel Scholarship

 

2005                                      i.    Neuro-Ophthalmology Society of Australia Prize for Best

                                                         Trainee Presentation

 

1999                                      i.    Sydney Tapping Bequest Scholarship for Option Term

                                                  ii.  Royal Australian College of Ophthalmology Prize for

                                                         Ophthalmology Term

                                                  iii.                Cedric Swanton Memorial Prize for Psychiatry Term

 

1997                                      i.    Faculty of Medicine Scholarship for BSc(Med)

                                                  ii.  J.G. Hunter Research Fellowship for BSc(Med)

 

1996                                      i.    Australian Medical Association Scholarship in Medicine

 

1995                                      i.    J.I. Hunter Prize for Classical and Research Anatomy

                                                 

1994                                      i.    Wests’ Sports Foundation Scholarship

 

 

Professional Affiliations and Activities

 

Member                                    Australian Medical Association

                                                         Sydney University Medical Society

 

Trainee Member                American Academy of Neurology

                                                         Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists  

                                                         Royal Australasian College of Physicians

 

Reviewer                                  Experimental Brain Research

                                                         Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science

                                                         Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology

                                                         Journal of Neurophysiology