Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the Eye Institute

Vision Science Distinguished Lecture Series


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Eye Institute Lower-Level Conference Room

Faculty Program Lead:
Dan Lipinski, MSc, DPhil

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


Past Distinguished Lecture Series Speakers

2021-2022 Series

January 26, 2022
Julie T. Daniels, BSc, MSc, PhD, FRSB
Seeing our way to a biomimetic cornea - a journey of twists and turns

February 17, 2022
Deniz Dalkara, PhD
Early to late stage gene and cell therapy for inherited retinal degenerations

March 15, 2022
Xiuqian Mu, MD, PhD
Genetic and epigenetic control of retinal ganglion cell genesis

2020-2021 Series

January 26, 2021
Alison Hardcastle, PhD
Inherited Retinal Disease Genome Architecture and Modelling Disease with Stem Cells 

February 10, 2021
Keith Martin, MD, FRCOphth FRANZCO FARVO
Gene Therapy for Optic Nerve Protection and Regeneration

March 22, 2021
Sina Farsiu PhD
Automatic AI-Based Ophthalmic Image Analysis with Superior Performance to Human Experts

2019-2020 Series
September 26, 2019
Deepak Lamba, PhD
Stem Cell-Based Repair and Disease Modeling

October 28, 2019
James B. Hurley, PhD
A Portrait of the Retina as a Metabolic Ecosystem

November 18, 2019
Christine A. Curcio, PhD
Timelines of Age-Related Macular Degeneration on Clinical, Lifespan, and Evolutionary Scales

December 9, 2019
Simon Petersen-Jones, Dvet MED, PhD, DECVO
Advancing Understanding and Therapy for Retinal Dystrophies with Spontaneous Large Animal Models

January 27, 2020
Goldis Malek, PhD
Nuclear Receptors: Therapeutics Targets for Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

March 30, 2020 (Cancelled due to Covid-19)
Geoffrey Aguirre, MD, PhD
Individual Differences in Pathway Structure and Function
2018-2019 Series

October 15, 2018 
Janet Sparrow, PhD
Shedding Light on Visual Cycle Adducts

December 7, 2018
John Flannery, PhD
Engineering Viral Gene Therapies for Retinal Degenerations

January 7, 2019
Ching-Kang Jason Chen, PhD
Mechanisms, Function And Utility Of Neuronal Oscillation In Deafferentated Retinas

February 4, 2019
Mandeep Singh, MD, PhD
Mechanisms of Photoreceptor Transplantation

April 1 2019
Neena Haider, PhD
Gene Identification to Gene Therapy: Development of the First Broad Spectrum Therapy for Inherited Retinal Disease

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

Erin Wainscott