The goal of the project is to exchange researchers with a complimentary expertise of the otolith system. Some researchers have a very profound theoretical knowledge of the utricle, whereas other have much experience in experimental data gathering of the
utricular responses. By reciprocal exchanges of the researchers, the scientific knowledge of the otolith system would largely increase. The approach is based on testing the otolith system with the methods currently available and developed during the past decade in the labs in Antwerp and Berlin. Then these data will be used to set-up and modify models of the otolith reflex, as has been the expertise of the partner in Kiev. Subsequently, these modified models will be challenged by the partners in Moscow in other types of otolith stimulation, taking into account confounding factors such as gaze and proprioception. Integration of the information gathered by the four partners, during the exchange of researchers will provide an much more profound
physiological model of the otolith system.