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Paul A. Wetzel, Ph.D. - VCU College of Engineering. Richmond, VA, US

Paul A. Wetzel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and ABET Coordinator, Department of Biomedical Engineering | VCU College of Engineering


Dr. Wetzel's research interests include eye tracking systems and eye movement analysis


Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (5)

Eye tracking systems and eye movement analysis

Effects of neurological diseases on eye movement control

Visual task analysis

Physiological instrumentation and signal processing systems

Human-machine interfaces based on based on eye and head movement

Education (4)

University of Illinois: Ph.D., Bioengineering 1988

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: S.M., Aeronautics and Astronautics Engineering 1983

University of Illinois: M.S., Bioengineering 1979

University of Illinois: B.S., Engineering 1974

Media Appearances (3)

RightEye Introduces Eye-Tracking Tests to Help Diagnose Autism and Parkinson’s Disease



The RightEye Parkinson’s and Other Movement Disorders Test was developed by a team which included Dr. Mark Baron, professor of neurology, interim director of the VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center and deputy director of the Southeast/Richmond Veteran’s Affairs Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center; Paul Wetzel, associate professor of biomedical engineering in the VCU School of Engineering and Dr. George Gitchel, associate director of research at the Southeast/Richmond PADRECC. This test was developed to accurately identify and assess patterns of eye movement that are affected in patients with movement disorders...

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VCU Researchers Awarded $1 Million to Continue Studying Parkinson’s Disease

Commonwealth Times  online


Biomedical engineering professor Paul Wetzel, the interim director of VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center Mark Baron and George Gitchel, assistant director at the Southeast/Richmond Veteran’s Affairs Parkinson’s Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center, began working together on the project...

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VCU Researchers Receive Michael J. Fox Grant to Study Parkinson's Disease

Richmond Times-Dispatch  online


The researchers — including Baron, Paul Wetzel and George Gitchel, also of VCU — have been working on the eye-tracking device for about 14 years. Initially, it was just a research interest, but soon Baron, Wetzel and Gitchel — who was a graduate student at the time and has since stayed on with the university — saw it as something more...

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Selected Articles (4)

Stimulation of Critically Ill Patients: Relationship to Sedation

American Journal of Critical Care

2016 To describe the number and type of stimulation events and the relationship of stimulation to sedation level in patients receiving mechanical ventilation.

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Differential eye movements in mild traumatic brain injury versus normal controls

The Journal of Head Traume Rehabilitation

2015 Objective measures to diagnose and to monitor improvement of symptoms following mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) are lacking. Computerized eye tracking has been advocated as a rapid, user friendly, and field-ready technique to meet this need.

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Slowed saccades and increased square wave jerks in essential tremor

Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements

2013 Eye movements in essential tremor (ET) are poorly described and may present useful information on the underlying pathophysiology of the disorder.

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The Use of Eye Movements to Accurately Diagnose Combat-Related Mild TBI

Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science

2012 Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI) is the signature injury of the current Middle East conflicts, most commonly occurring as a result of Improvised Explosive Device blast. Accurately diagnosing mTBI-related symptoms in service members with concomitant combat stress, pain, anxiety, and depressive disorders is challenging. Objective assessment of eye-movements represents a novel, efficient, and accurate means of discriminating the diagnosis of mTBI.

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