Our mission is to serve as the catalyst for vision research, and our
highest priority is to foster interactive, interdisciplinary, and translational
studies of how the visual system functions in health and disease.
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to request the password.
Dr. 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.