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studies of how the visual system functions in health and disease.


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MERI-at-a-Glance Draws Vision Researchers from Across the Campus

Dozens of McPherson ERI members, trainees, and colleagues learned more about the breadth of vision research conducted by McPherson ERI members at UW-Madison and other campuses at the most recent MERI-at-a-Glance event, held on February 12th in the DeLuca Forum at WID.  The list of presenters included:

1. Janis Eells, PhD (Biomedical Sciences, UW-Milwaukee)

Seeing the Light: Near-infrared photobiomodulation for retinal disease

2. Melissa Skala, PhD (Biomedical Engineering; Morgridge Institute for Research)
Functional optical imaging in vivo

3. Hongrui Jiang, PhD (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
Learning from Nature: Bioinspired optical imaging systems

4. Kim Stepien, MD (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences)
Clinical adaptations of adaptive optics

5. Moo Chung, PhD (Biostatistics and Medical Informatics; Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior)
Visualizing topological changes of brain networks via persistent homology

6. Anna Huttenlocher, MD, PhD (Medical Microbiology & Immunology; Pediatrics)
Innate immunity and inflammation using zebrafish

7. Zach Simmons, PhD, Trainee member (Biomedical Engineering; Jeremy Rogers Lab)
Learning about light propagation in the retina with optical scattering goniometry

8. Yanyun (Judy) Chen, MD, PhD (Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences; Neurology; Neurosurgery)
The intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cell (ipRGC), a link between the eye and brain


Vision Science Instructional Lectures

McPherson ERI Vision Science Instructional Lectures offer foundational instruction in the fundamentals of vision for graduate students, postdocs, research scientists, faculty and staff in any department. Lectures are intended to fill training gaps for those entering a new research domain, and to provide background knowledge to support development of new collaborations. The first three lectures gave an overview of the architecture and function of the eye. Human and animal eyes are included, providing a comparative ocular morphology perspective.

Christopher J. Murphy, DVM, PhD, DACVO
, is an expert in comparative ocular anatomy, a Board Certified Veterinary Ophthalmologist, and Professor of Comparative Ophthalmology in the Schools of Veterinary Medicine & Medicine at the University of California-Davis. Dr. Murphy has advanced training and expertise in corneal diseases and surgery, comparative physiological optics, and ocular diseases of laboratory and exotic animal species. He is Professor Emeritus at the School of Veterinary Medicine, UW-Madison and a longstanding member of the McPherson Eye Research Institute. He is also founder and CEO of OSOD (Ocular Services on Demand), a consortium of internationally recognized vision experts based in Madison, WI.

Dr. Chris Murphy’s first & second lectures in this series of three on Functional Morphology of the Eye have been posted on a password-protected Vimeo site, and can be viewed online but cannot be downloaded.

Lecture 1 – Functional Morphology of the Eye: Part I covers the eye as a whole, tear film, cornea and sclera (presented Friday, February 24, 2017)

Lecture 2 - Functional Morphology of the Eye: Part II covers the iridocorneal angle, anterior uveal tract, aqueous production and outflow (presented May 15, 2017)

Lecture 3 - Functional Morphology of the Eye: Part III covers the posterior segment: choroid, retina, and optical media (lens and vitreous).  Presented on August 21, 2017, this will be posted online in the near future.

Video footage of Lectures 1 & 2 is available to view with this link and a password: Vision Science Instruction Lecture videos. This viewing opportunity is available only to McPherson Eye Research Institute members and to trainees & associates within member research groups. Please contact Gail Stirr (gmstirr@wisc.edu) to request the password.


Protein Discovery

Photo of Dr. Akihiro IkedaDr. Akihiro Ikeda, Professor of Medical Genetics and RRF Walter H. Helmerich Research Chair at the McPherson Eye Research Institute, has published a study of a novel protein that could lead to potential new treatments for age-related retinal diseases. Here is the eLife publication summary, and the link to the paper.