Vision Science Distinguished Lecture Series

vision science distinguished lecture series
Eye Institute | Medical College of Wisconsin | 2016 - 2017
This lecture series is generously sponsored by the Louis D. and Eunice Conroy Caron Research Fund
  • All lectures are given at noon in the lower level conference room of the Eye Institute.

  • Refreshments will be served at each lecture.

  • Parking information and directions to the Eye Institute may be found by clicking the address.
    925 N. 87th Street Milwaukee, WI 53226

  • Contact Joseph Carroll, PhD, for more information.
    (414) 955-2052 or Email

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Robert MacLaren, DPhil, FRCOphth, FRCS
October 17, 2016

Genetic, Cell Based and Electronic Treatments for Retinal Disease

Robert MacLaren, DPhil, FRCOphth, FRCS

Professor of Ophthalmology
University of Oxford, UK


Faculty Host: Daniel Lipinski, MSc, DPhil
Trainee Host: Chris Reid

Maureen McCall, PhD
October 25, 2016

Ganglion Cell Dysfunction in Retinal Disease

Maureen McCall, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Kentucky Lions Eye Research Endowed Chair
University of Louisville


Faculty Host: Joseph Carroll, PhD
Trainee Host: Ben Sajdak

Gabriel H. Travis, MD
December 5, 2016

New Mechanisms for Regeneration of Visual Chromophore

Gabriel H. Travis, MD

Professor of Ophthalmology & Biological Chemistry
Associate Director, Jules Stein Eye Institute
University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine


Faculty Host: Joseph Besharse, PhD
Trainee Host: Tylor Lewis

Henry J. Kaplan, MD
January 23, 2017

Cone Photoreceptor Rescue in Retinitis Pigmentosa

Henry J. Kaplan, MD

Evans Professor of Ophthalmology
Chair, Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
University of Louisville


Faculty Host: Joseph Besharse, PhD
Trainee Host: Alison Huckenpahler

Jonathan Lin, MD, PhD
February 20, 2017

Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in Human Photoreceptor Diseases

Jonathan Lin, MD, PhD

Associate Professor
Shiley Eye Institute
University of California San Diego


Faculty Host: Joseph Carroll, PhD
Trainee Host: Erica Woertz

Robert Molday, PhD
March 20, 2017

Inherited Retinal Degenerative Diseases: Linking Molecular Mechanisms to Therapeutic Approaches

Robert Molday, PhD

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Canada Research Chair in Vision and Macular Degeneration
University of British Columbia


Faculty Host: Joseph Besharse, PhD
Trainee Host: Tylor Lewis

Past Vision Science Distinguished Lectures

April 21, 2016 | Jim Handa, MD
Oxidative Stress, Innate Immunity and RPE Dysfunction

April 4, 2016 | David M. Berson, PhD
The Architecture of Visual Reflexes

March 21, 2016 | Maciej Wojtkowski, PhD
Dynamic Processes and Coherence Biomedical Imaging

February 29, 2016 | David Troilo, PhD
Optical Treatments for Controlling Myopia Progression: Evidence from Experimental Models

September 28, 2015 | Brandon Lujan, MD
OCT: Every Direction Counts

September 14, 2015 | Shannon Boye, PhD
AAV-Mediated Retinal Gene Therapy: From Vector Development to Clinical Application

March 9, 2015 | David Birch, PhD
Structure-Function Relationships in Inherited Retinal Degenerations

February 13, 2015 | Anita Agarwal, MD
Structure/Function Studies of Macular Dystrophies

January 19, 2015 | David M. Gamm, MD, PhD
Present and Future Applications of Human iPS Cell Technology

March 10, 2014 | Jeff Gross, PhD
Modeling Human Ocular Disorders in Zebrafish

February 10, 2014 | Austin Roorda, PhD
Testing Human Vision on a Cellular Scale

February 3, 2014 | David (Ted) Garway-Heath, FRCOphth
Understanding Visual Function Through Imaging

November 5, 2013 | Krystel Huxlin, PhD
What Can We Teach Damaged Adult Visual Systems To See? Insights From Recovered Vision In Cortical Blindness

October 14, 2013 | Stephen A. Burns, PhD
High Resolution Vascular Imaging in Diabetes and Hypertension

April 22, 2013 | Jeffrey L. Goldberg, MD, PhD
Retinal Ganglion Cell Survival and Regeneration

January 10, 2013 | Richard Rosen, MD
Clinical Retinology in the Age of Expanded Imaging

December 10, 2012| Christine A. Curcio, PhD
Histopathology of Age-Related Macular Degeneration in the Era of Multimodal Imaging

October 1, 2012 | Steven J. Fliesler, PhD
Retinal Degeneration and Cholesterol Deficiency: Insights from Experimental Studies

June 18, 2012 | Joshua L. Dunaief, MD, PhD
Heavy metal in AMD: Iron Transport and Toxicity

May 21, 2012 | Jon H. Kaas, PhD
The Evolution of Multiple Visuomotor Networks in the Dorsal Visual Stream of Primates

March 8, 2012 | Steve C. Pflugfelder, MD
Tear Dysfunction and the Cornea

November 28, 2011 | Cynthia A. Toth, MD
Translational Research in Retinal OCT Imaging: Adapting to Clinical Needs

October 3, 2011 | Don Hood, PhD
Comparisons of Local Structural (Anatomical) and Functional (Behavioral) Damage in Patients with Diseases of the Retina or Ganglion Cell/Optic Nerve

May 9, 2011 | Jan Provis, PhD
Differential Gene Expression in the Primate Macula: What Does It Tell Us?

April 11, 2011 | Claude F. Burgoyne, MD
Optic Nerve Head Biomechanics and Susceptibility to Glaucomatous Damage

April 4, 2011 | David Fitzpatrick, PhD
Imaging Experience-Dependent Emergence of Functional Circuits in Visual Cortex

November 1, 2010 | Kang Zhang, MD, PhD
Genetics and Stem Cell Based Therapy for Macular Degeneration and Glaucoma

September 13, 2010 | Richard Lang, PhD
Eyes, Kidneys, Macrophages, Angiogenesis, Wnts and VEGF (in Various Combinations)

April 12, 2010 | William Kimberling, PhD
Progress Towards Therapy for Deaf/Blindness

March 15, 2010 | Suzanne Fleiszig, OD, PhD
Pseudomonas Interactions with the Healthy Ocular Surface: A Cold War

September 28, 2009 | Marie E. Burns, PhD
Lessons from Photoreceptors: Deactivation of GPCR and G Proteins in Intact Cells

September 21, 2009 | Jacque L. Duncan, MD
High-Resolution Imaging in Retinal Degenerative Diseases

April 13, 2009 | Silvia C. Finnemann, PhD
Timing Is Everything: Integrin Receptor Signaling Controls Daily Clearance Phagocytosis in the Retina

March 9, 2009 | Simon W. M. John, PhD
The Genetics of Intraocular Pressure and Glaucoma

February 23, 2009 | Jim L. Funderburgh, PhD
Exploring the Potential for Stem Cell-Based Therapy for Corneal Blindness

November 3, 2008 | Art V. Cideciyan, PhD
Prerequisites for Successful Gene Augmentation Therapy in Retinal Degenerations

October 6, 2008 | John G. Flannery, PhD
Gene Transfer and Expression of Photoswitches Confers Light Sensitivity to Retinal Ganglion Cells

September 15, 2008 | Brian A. Wandell, PhD
Plasticity and Development in Human Visual Cortex

March 25, 2008 | James Jester, PhD
Cell Biology of Corneal Wound Healing

February 12, 2008 | Julie Schnapf, PhD
The Circuitry for Color Vision

November 27, 2007 | Austin Roorda, PhD
Measuring Form and Function in the Living Eye using Adaptive Optics

October 9, 2007 | Robert Marc, PhD
Retinal Remodeling in Inherited and Acquired Retinal Degenerations

September 25, 2007 | Alan Marmorstein, PhD
Bestrophin in Retinal Disease


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