Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the Eye Institute

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Vision Science Distinguished Lecture Series


Distinguished Lecture Series Schedule 2018-2019 (PDF)

Eye Institute
Lower Level Conference Room
925 N. 87th St
Milwaukee, WI 53226

12:00 pm-1:00 pm 
Lunch will be served at each lecture starting at 11:45 am.

Program Coordinator:
Dan Lipinski, MSc, DPhil

This lecture series is generously sponsored by the Louis D. and Eunice Conroy Caron Research Fund


2018 - 2019 Schedule


October 15, 2018

Shedding Light on Visual Cycle Adducts

Janet Sparrow, PhD

Anthony Donn Professor of Ophthalmic Science
Departments of Ophthalmology and Pathology and Cell Biology
Columbia University

Faculty Host: Joseph C. Besharse, PhD


December 7, 2018

Engineering Viral Gene Therapies for Retinal Degenerations

John Flannery, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology
Associate Director, Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute
UC Berkley

Faculty Host: Joseph Carroll, PhD


January 7, 2019

Mechanisms, Function And Utility Of Neuronal Oscillation In Deafferentated Retinas

Ching-Kang Jason Chen, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology
Alice R. McPherson Retina Research Foundation Endowed Chair
Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Neuroscience
Cullen Eye Institute
Baylor College of Medicine

Faculty Host: Daniel M. Lipinski, MSc, DPhil


February 4, 2019

Mechanisms of Photoreceptor Transplantation

Mandeep Singh, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Wilmer Eye Institute
Johns Hopkins University

Faculty Host: Daniel M. Lipinski, DPhil


April 1 2019 (Rescheduled from March 25, 2019)

Gene Identification to Gene Therapy: Development of the First Broad Spectrum Therapy for Inherited Retinal Disease

Neena Haider, PhD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Co-Director International Research Training Program
Schepens Eye Research Institute
Harvard Medical School

Faculty Host: Ross Collery, PhD

Support for these lectures is provided by the Louis D. and Eunice Conroy Caron Research Fund

Past Distinguished Lecture Series Speakers

2018-2019 Series
2017-2018 Series

September 25, 2017
Anand Swaroop, PhD 
Gene Networks Controlling Mouse and Human Retinal Development

October 6, 2017
Morgan Fedorchak, PhD
Challenges and Opportunities in Topical Ocular Drug Delivery

November 20, 2017
Alfredo A. Sadun, MD, PhD 
Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy: The High Maintenance Needs of Neurons

March 12, 2018
Timothy S. Kern, PhD
Photoreceptors and the Development of Diabetic Retinopathy

2016-2017 Series

October 17, 2016
Robert MacLaren, DPhil, FRCOphth, FRCS
Genetic, Cell-Based and Electronic Treatments for Retinal Disease

October 25, 2016
Maureen McCall, PhD 
Direct & Network Influences of Glycinergic Receptor Subunit-Specific Inhibition and Retinal Ganglion Cell Visual Function

December 5, 2016
Gabriel H. Travis, MD 
New Mechanisms for Regeneration of Visual Chromophore

January 23, 2017
Henry J. Kaplan, MD
Cone Photoreceptor Rescue in Retinitis Pigmentosa

February 20, 2017
Jonathan Lin, MD, PhD
Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress in Human Photoreceptor Diseases

March 20, 2017
Robert Molday, PhD
Inherited Retinal Degenerative Diseases: Linking Molecular Mechanisms to Therapeutic Approaches

2015-2016 Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014-2015 Series

November 10, 2014
Robin Ali, PhD, FMedSci
Gene and Cell Therapy for Retinal Degeneration - Treatments in Sight

November 17, 2014
Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD
Mechanisms of Retinopathy of Prematurity

December 2, 2014
Terri Young, MD
Genomics and Biology of Myopia

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

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

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

2013-2014 Series

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

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

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

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

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

2012-2013 Series

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

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

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

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

2011-2012 Series

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

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

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

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

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

2010-2011 Series

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

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

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

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

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

2009-2010 Series

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

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

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

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

2008-2009 Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

2007-2008 Series

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

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

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

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

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

Contact Us

Distinguished Lecture Series Program Director

Dan Lipinski, MSc, DPhil
(414) 955-2062


Program Coordinator

Sara Pica